Keep your driveway in tip-top shape. Seal it to keep it protected from the elements. Here are a few tips to help you.
Check out trouble spots
Before you start with anything, identify the expansion gaps in your driveway, the SF Gate says. You can plan your repairs better when you’ve identified which spots need work. Don’t forget to clear the debris inside the expansion gaps, though. This job can be anywhere from simply sweeping out dirt to some really challenging efforts like chiseling out wood, or cutting out old caulk.
Once all the trouble spots have been identified, it’s time to repair the gaps. In the past, wood or caulk was often used for this purpose. However, wood isn’t exactly ideal, given the way it reacts when exposed moisture and humidity. Caulk must get a good bond to concrete to be effective, it’s messy, and takes skill to look good. That’s where a flexible sealing strip like Trim-A-Slab comes in. These make for the perfect driveway gap filler since the material is impervious to rotting, moisture and humidity. With these in place, you won’t have to worry about problems caused by having rotten wood or failed caulk in your expansion gaps anymore.
Make sure you shop right for that driveway gap filler. Consider the features of the product. Do your homework. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to determine whether you should spend money on it or not. For instance, for gap fillers, aside from durability, you’ll want to go for removable options. That’s convenient. If you ever need to take them out, you can. If you’re thinking about a future project, like outdoor lighting, you will be able to peel out the filler, run wires under it, and replace the strip.
Check for concrete cracks
Once the expansion gaps are filled up, you’ll want to check for hairline cracks. The latest product for these is a super-fine powder that fills even tiny cracks. Brush off any excess, and mist with water to activate the product. It’s that easy.
To learn more about driveway gap fillers, visit Trim-A-Slab.com, where you will find a large selection of expansion joint repair products, as well as Magic Crack Filler, and tools to help you get the job done.