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How to Beat Concrete Cancer

Hello, my name is Tony and this is my concrete installation and maintenance blog. I am not a professional concrete contractor but I am very passionate about DIY. My dad was a contractor and when I was growing up he taught me all kinds of neat tips and tricks. Once time, he took me out into the yard and made me inspect the concrete wall. The concrete was crumbling away, exposing the metal bars beneath. My father explained that this was concrete cancer and then demonstrated how to repair the damage. I hope you find my blog useful and entertaining.

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Is Your Asphalt Driveway Cracked? Why Asphalt Sealing Is the Best Solution

by Eileen Jordan

Asphalt is perhaps the most widely used material in paving driveways, parking lots and other areas in a building's outdoor space. When properly installed and sealed, your asphalt pavement can last for decades with minimal repairs. 

However, the pavement will not last forever. It will age and begin to crack at one point in time. When that happens, you will need to repair or resurface it. One of the best ways to minimise damage on your asphalt surface is through professional asphalt sealing. Here are some of the benefits that come with asphalt sealing. 

It Prevents Cracks 

Like other outdoor surfaces, your asphalt pavement is susceptible to damages from the UV rays of the sun and from rainfall. Other elements like snow, oil and chemicals could also cause your asphalt pavement to deteriorate. Over time, these external damaging elements weaken the pavement's topmost layers. The freeze-and-thaw cycles usually cause the formation of cracks. 

It is advisable to get a professional contractor to seal your asphalt pavement as soon as you see visible cracks. By doing this, you will minimise the extent of the damage on the asphalt. The cracks can turn into potholes and other massive damages if you fail to seal them in good time. 

It Maintains the Driveway's Appearance

The quality of your asphalt significantly affects your driveway's overall appearance. Smooth asphalt looks beautiful and positively accentuates your landscaping. On the other hand, unsealed asphalt will lose its natural dark grey colour and begin to look faded. When you seal the surface, you maintain the pavement's stunning appearance and prevent it from deteriorating even during harsh weather conditions.

It Saves You Money

Another benefit of sealing your asphalt regularly is to save money on maintenance and repairs. The cost of repairing or completely resurfacing a pavement once it has broken down completely can be high.

When you ignore a few alligator cracks, they will become a pothole. Widespread potholes might require you to resurface the pavement, which is quite costly. Asphalt sealing prevents the formation of cracks and potholes, lengthening the lifespan of the driveway. Additionally, it protects your vehicle from costly damages due to potholes on the driveway. 

Asphalt sealing offers incredible benefits, as seen above. Therefore, you should not hesitate to hire an asphalt repair contractor when you see signs of damage on your driveway. The sealed surface will be smooth and easier to drive on.

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