Installing A New Concrete Driveway? 2 Things That Can Damage It

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If you are planning to install a new driveway, there are some things that can damage it, such as trees and snow. This will result in you making some repairs, or installing a new driveway again.

Trees

If you are planning to plant some trees, some of them can cause great damage to a concrete driveway. This is because they have strong and aggressive root systems that can grow under the driveway, and then cause your driveway to push up and crack.

Some trees that you should not plant include the following:

  • Hybrid Poplars
  • Willows
  • American Elm
  • Silver Maple

Besides damaging your driveway, the trees will drop a lot of leaves on your driveway in the fall, which not only makes it look bad, but it also takes time to get the leaves off.

If you still want to plant trees, talk with a landscaper before you do. They can tell you how far back you need to plant the trees so the roots do not invade the driveway. They can also suggest trees that have shallow roots that will not harm your driveway. Some of these trees include the following:

  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Japanese Maple
  • Fern Pine
  • Sweet Bay
  • Arbutus Marina

Snow and Ice

The best way to deal with snow and ice is to remove the snow as soon as you can before it has a chance to turn to ice. Leave some space on the sides of your driveway where you can push the snow. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, it can be hard to keep it off.  For this reason, put a seal coating on the driveway. You can purchase this seal at a home supply stores. Follow the instructions on how to apply it. If you do not want to apply it yourself, contact your paving contractor who can likely do this for you.

If you have very bad weather coming your way, you can put plastic or a waterproof tarp over your driveway. If you use a snow shovel, make sure it has a plastic blade so it will not scratch up your concrete. If you hire a snow plow to clear out your driveway, make sure that they do not use metal blades or that they keep the shovel up high enough that it does not scratch the driveway.

The best person to speak to about keeping your driveway in good condition is your paving contractor.

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