How long does it take for a brand new concrete driveway to start pitting and flaking?
I had a brand new concrete drivey installed at the end of Jul 2010. The old driveway was as old as the house, about twenty seven years old. The old driveway was cracked all over the place and uneven. We plan on selling our house in a few years and wanted to replace the driveway, 1 it really needed it and two, for aethetic reasons too.
Now, we’ve had a bad winter, as most people around the country have. I’m in KY . We’ve had a lot more than normal snow, so a lot of brine was used on the streets. I’d say the bad weather started around mid-December 2010 through Jan 2011, so about six weeks worth of falling and melting snow.
Well, our brand new driveway is pitting and flaking all over the place. Its starting to look like the driveway I had removed last Jul with the exception of the cracks. I cant even use the a regular garden hose, to hose off dirt and old leaves…..if turn the hose on to where it has somewhat of some pressure it flakes even worse! I’ll never be able to pressure wash the driveway. The reason I bring up the bad weather is that the contractor told me that salt causes this and there is nothing I can do……we dont salt our driveway – so the contractor said it was from the salt falling onto the driveway from our vehicles.
Ok to get to my question……So, six months after having a brand new drive way put in and six weeks of bad weather has ruined my driveway. The contractor is coming out soon to look at it and I was wondering can suggest questions I should ask him.
Background – the contractor didnt put a sealer on it, said it didnt need it. I’m really having a hard time wrapping my head arond the fact that I paid several thousand dollars for a brand new driveway and it looks like crap in six months. Believe me, I know OVER TIME it will crack and flake, but this fast? If I’d know this driveway would have looked like this now, I would have just kept the twenty seven year old 1 and saved my money for something else.
Any help would be appreciated.
To Common Sense: Does salt do that much damage in six weeks? No, we didnt seal it, we asked and he said we didnt need it.
To Harrison: No roots pushing up. We didnt seal and didnt use salt ourselves……could salt from our vehicles cause that much damage/