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Concrete is generally considered to be more durable than asphalt. As a result, less maintenance is needed to preserve concrete pavement over time. Pavement sealing, although encouraged, is optional for concrete whereas asphalt should be resealed every 3-5 years.
On average, concrete will last about 15 years longer than asphalt. Concrete’s lifespan can be even further prolonged by seal coating, repairing cracks right away, and avoiding the use of rock salt.
If you know your pavement is going to be supporting heavy loads, such as campers, large trucks or storing large equipment, concrete might be the best option for your project. Commercial concrete and municipal concrete projects that require dumpster pads, parking pads or loading docks are best served by concrete because of concrete’s longevity, strength and durability.
If your project requires pavement with added curbs, pads, or custom solutions, concrete may be the best option for you. Concrete solutions may be ideal for your commercial or municipal parking lot or driveway that requires added strength for large vehicle traffic.
If complications with your concrete do arise, they may be one of the following:
There are several tried and true means of maintaining concrete pavement. These three repair methods are the most widely used methods of preserving your concrete.
In order to last that long, concrete must be laid by experienced concrete contractors and be maintained by responsible property owners. Wolf Paving recommends regular maintenance and upkeep to help keep your concrete protected and to get the most out of your investment. Follow these four tips to increase the lifespan of your concrete pavement.
When rock salt dissolves it releases chloride, which can damage and weaken concrete causing small holes and other breakages. If you must use salt, be sure you use salt mix designed for concrete pavement and only after it cures for 1-3 years after initial installation. You should also be wary of other deicing chemicals, make sure they are concrete safe. Steer clear of deicers containing ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate all together.
Sealing your concrete will repel water and deicing salts, help protect against stains, and increase your concrete’s overall longevity. Concrete sealing is fairly inexpensive and a great investment to help keep your pavement looking great. It’s recommended that concrete be sealed every three to five years.
Once a crack forms, it’s best to get it repaired immediately. Small cracks and imperfections are relatively inexpensive to fix. If left neglected, cracks will only grow in size leaving you with more expensive repairs and safety hazards.
If you notice your concrete slabs start to shift and become uneven, get it fixed right away. When the ground settles it weakens the foundation of your concrete. By raising it immediately, you can prevent further damage to your concrete pavement.
Whether you are looking for a concrete contractor for your residential, commercial or municipal concrete paving project, there are a few things you should consider. Ask questions and make sure the contractors you interview to understand your project scope and your unique needs.
Consider these five key qualities as you select a concrete contractor:
With over 75 years of paving experience, from highways to driveways, Wolf Paving is your local source for all your paving needs.
For more information on Wolf Paving or to request a free estimate for your next paving project contact one of our two offices. If you live or work in the Milwaukee area, call us at 262-965-2121. For the Madison area, call us at 608-249-7931.
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