As someone with an asphalt driveway and living in the Midwest, expansion and contraction is something that I have had to deal with on a yearly basis. Not only that, the roads on which I drive on in my suburban neighborhood often have to have companies sealcoating potholes with bitumen. With city money tied up in other things, it often takes awhile for the city to get around to repairing the roads.
Not only that, there is an extreme cost associated with repairing roads. Concrete crack repair costs along throughout the city can cost millions of dollars, and with all of that money tied up, it hardly ever gets done. Now the roads are one thing, but my driveway is something else entirely.
The solution to cracked cement
Recently, I learned of an alternative to the concrete driveway that my house came with. Brick tiled driveways do a much better job of retaining heat and stopping the surface from expanding, contracting, and eventually cracking. I was surprised to see that nobody around me had brick driveways, so I decided to give it a shot.
Before I knew it, the whole neighborhood was looking at my driveway and wondering how I had prevented it from cracking over the winter. All I had to do was tell them the science behind it, and they were sold. The Midwest can wreak havoc on driveways as well as roads. And even though we can’t help the road problem, we can give ourselves some breathing room by using brick pavers to do our driveways.
The most important thing to remember when choosing the proper driveway to own, it is essential that you gauge your own living situation and the environment that you are in. It is better that you choose a surface that retains heat when living in cold environments, and one that is able to get rid of heat if your problem is cracking due to the heat.
There are a number of companies out there ready to assist you in making the right decision for your driveway, and experts that can explain the science behind it.