Once the winter ends and the snow and ice begin to thaw in your area, you might want to take a walk around your property to look for damage. This is crucial because you might come upon issues you wouldn’t otherwise be alerted to. Two of the most common problems that homeowners face after a harsh and bitter winter are cracked driveways and cracking cement. The cold weather causes both cement and asphalt to contract, which can lead to cracking. Left alone, the cracks will allow water to get into the pavement or sidewalk that can then go underneath and cause more cracks because of shifting earth.
In order for you to fix the issue, you’re going to need to buy liquid cement or asphalt that can be poured directly into the cracks. If you get putty materials, these only go on the surface of the crack and will not actually fill them and repair the problem. You need to read all of the instructions on the label to ensure that you’re using the product properly. You will want to start with a clean and dry surface and to do the project on a day when it’s guaranteed not to rain. In fact, you might also want to make sure that it won’t rain for a day or two after you do the work just to be sure that the new asphalt or cement has set properly. You also need to use these products when it’s warm outside and when there won’t be a freeze overnight.