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Jul 03, 2019

Your vehicle, or vehicles, spend more time on your concrete driveway or asphalt driveway than any other single piece of road. As such, it should come as no surprise that driveway damage is a regular occurrence for vehicle-owning families. Like many other home improvement projects, early attention can help prevent a small problem from escalating into something major. Crack sealing in your driveway, if addressed regularly, can be a quick and easy fix. If cracks are allowed to grow and spread, however, the resulting damage could be devastating for both your driveway and pocketbook. The experts at Burnaby Blacktop have been tackling all levels of crack sealing projects for years and are confident in their ability to address the needs of both concrete driveways and asphalt driveways. Continue reading to learn more about the crack sealing process and to see if it is something that your driveway may need. Then, waste no time in contacting the professionals at Burnaby Blacktop to take it from here.

What causes cracks in concrete or asphalt?

In general, most driveway damage and cracking come down to the age of the surface in combination with extended exposure to inclement weather. If a driveway is unsealed, moisture from rain and snow will work its way into the porous concrete or asphalt, pool up, and eventually weaken the material to the point of cracking. This is especially common in geographical areas that are prone to regular melt-freeze cycles, such as much of British Columbia. In addition to the uncontrollable effects of weather, creeping tree roots can create cracking from underneath and heavy vehicle use can weaken driveway surfaces from above. Driveway sealing can help protect the integrity of your driveway even when faced with the challenges provided by rain, snow, roots, and cars. Crack sealing focuses on damaged areas to strengthen them to their near original quality.

Can you seal your concrete driveway or asphalt driveway on your own?

While generally a big undertaking, it is absolutely possible to handle any driveway crack sealing on your own. The biggest concern here is that the process tends to be fairly expensive. As such, you want to make sure it is done correctly the first time and that no irreversible damage is done along the way. The experts at Burnaby Blacktop are more than happy to provide any tips and advice you may want, but our professionals are also always eager to take these projects on themselves. After all, it’s what we do!

What should you consider when hiring a contractor to take care of your driveway?

There are many different ways to seal a driveway and each company will handle each job slightly differently. As you explore your options, there are a few things to take into consideration. For one, there are many different options for chemicals to use when sealing your driveway, and each has its own set of pros and cons. Ask your contractor what they plan to use, why, and what some of the “side effects” maybe. Additionally, good contractors will repair driveway cracks before sealing them. You should either ensure this is the case with your team before signing any contract. Alternatively, you can easily repair the cracks yourself by cleaning them and filling them with an “over the counter” concrete or asphalt sealer. Finally, as with any home improvement professional, you should seek someone with clear and honest communication that will keep you in the loop throughout the entire process. It is really helpful to get cost and time estimates upfront, be notified of any changes throughout and generally be walked through the process from start to finish.

If you have noticed cracks in your driveway or other developing damage, waste no time in working to fix it. Whether that means taking on the project on your own or hiring experts like those at Burnaby Blacktop, the most important thing is to not put it off any further. Around the house small problems can, and often do, turn into big issues. If you have any questions about the condition of your driveway, give Burnaby Blacktop a call today. We are more than happy to provide a professional opinion and help you find the most effective and affordable fix for whatever the problem may be.

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    To our valued customers

    As a company, we prioritise health and safety for our employees and most importantly, our customers. We would like to assure you that we work under strict compliance with the BC Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and adheres to the guidelines provided by Health Canada and the World Health Organization regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our business procedures, including estimating, collections, on site work procedures and overall customer interaction have been adjusted to ensure a healthy interaction between our employees and customers:

    Our employees have been educated with regards to the health and safety requirements amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We make sure that they strictly adhere to the following:

    Our company representative will contact the customer before starting the project to ensure a safe environment for our workers:

    We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will ensure that all policies and preventive measures are adhered to. We also would like to encourage you to be up to date with COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the Health Canada’s website and watching the daily news.

    If you have queries and concerns regarding the above practice, please feel free to contact us at 778.855.0513 or send an email to [email protected]. Be assured that we will continue to be at our best in providing a safe and healthy work environment.

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    Burnaby Blacktop Ltd.