You probably invested a great deal to get that perfectly paved driveway you have leading up to your home. You probably also enjoy how nice it looks and the added value it brought to your property the day it was installed. However, if you are like a lot of homeowners, your pride in this property feature does not keep you from making some pretty big mistakes that are hard on the pavement. The fact is, pavement is resilient, but it is sometimes not as resilient as a homeowner expects. Take a look at some of the most common, everyday things a homeowner does that can shorten the lifespan of their paved driveway.
The homeowner spreads salt over the pavement before cold-weather precipitation.
You watch the weather forecast and it looks like there's snow and ice heading your way, so you take a trip to the garage, grab that bag of rock salt, and start spreading it over your drive. This is what you should do to prevent ice from forming on the surface of your pavement, but even this is risky business if you're not careful.
If you allow the salt to hang around on the pavement for long periods, it can corrode the surface and cause small cracks and fissures to develop that can lead to problems with your paved drive being aged far beyond its years. Instead, make sure salt and other de-icing agents are promptly removed from the surface of your driveway as soon as the bad weather has cleared.
The homeowner turns on the lawn sprinkler and disregards the spray hitting the pavement.
Lawn sprinklers are an incredibly convenient fixture to have if you happen to reside in a dry climate. However, having too much water landing in certain places over time can be a huge problem that can cause a lot of damage to your property–specifically your driveway.
If the sprinkler is consistently spraying water that lands on a certain area of your pavement, you will eventually see erosion start to form that will have to be repaired or patched professionally. Additionally, if there is too much saturation in the ground around your pavement, it can cause sinkage of some sections, which will lead to cracks and breakage of the pavement. To avoid these kinds of problems, make sure your sprinklers are adjusted to spray away from the pavement and never allowed to oversaturate the ground that surrounds it.