A Concrete Apron Resolves The Problem Of Sinking Asphalt Near Garage

30 June 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Sometimes an asphalt driveway begins to sink and deteriorate where it meets the concrete garage floor. You can have an asphalt and concrete contractor complete a replacement project to resolve these issues. Having a concrete apron installed is advantageous. 

Asphalt Driveway Deterioration

Asphalt pavement has a tendency to sink over time and to deteriorate at the edges. The sinking shouldn't be a problem for your driveway except where it meets the garage's concrete foundation, as now you have an uneven surface and a crumbling edge. This causes drainage issues that can lead to continued driveway deterioration if rainwater or melting snow regularly seeps under the asphalt. More serious issues can occur if water flows under the concrete slab in the garage.

The uneven edge at the garage also detracts from your home's appearance, especially if the garage is attached to the house. In addition, it creates a tripping hazard. 

The Apron

The point at which a concrete or asphalt driveway widens where it meets the street is known as an apron. The widened pavement makes it easier to back a vehicle out without going over the curb or the grass. Usually, the driveway slopes downward to the street so rainwater and melted snow can drain to storm sewers.

When a concrete garage foundation has an extension into the driveway, that is also known as an apron. It should slope downward so water drains away from the building. Typically the apron extends at least two feet away from the garage and at least to the edges of the garage, making it wider than the garage door. 

Replacing the Pavement

Using a power saw, the technicians you hire cut a straight line in the asphalt parallel to the garage door, far enough away from the garage to include all the problem pavement. They shovel out the broken material and add gravel, then pave the top.

The technicians can add a concrete apron if you want one. If the driveway continues to settle, the point of uneven surface will not be next to the garage foundation. This protects the foundation from water damage. It also stops corrosive road salt from getting under the slab during winter as water drips from your vehicles. 

For a more decorative option, you might consider stamped or stained concrete, or a combination of concrete and paving brick. 

If your driveway has some deterioration along the sides, the workers can shore up the edges while they're at your property. 

For more information, contact an asphalt cutting company in your area.