Your driveway is an important investment; if you have to drive through it with heavy trucks, it’s important to know what damage can occur. By planning and taking some preventative measures, you can help preserve your driveway and avoid costly repairs.
Can a heavy truck break my driveway?
The answer to this question depends primarily on the weight of the truck crack my driveway. However, asphalt driveway and concrete driveways can be damaged by large amounts of weight, so be aware of the vehicles that will be driving and parking in the area.
Most personal vehicles, including motor homes, can be safely parked in your driveway. In addition, you can safely park small trailers, double vans, and typical vehicles you can drive without a special permit.
When you start talking about construction vehicles, you may run into problems. For example, concrete mixers, loaded dump trucks, and other heavy vehicles can cause potholes, cracks, and other damage to your driveway.
So can loaded trailers, such as cranes, front-end loaders, skid steers, dump trucks picking up bins, and other heavy equipment can, damage the pavement or asphalt, and even delivery vehicles carrying heavy loads of rocks or bricks can cause damage.
This damage can be costly to repair, and it can be challenging to restore the original integrity and finish the pavement with simple repair work. Repair costs depend on the damage and the type of pavement, whether it is paved, asphalt, or resurfaced.
If the damage is extensive, resurfacing the road may be the only way to restore it. Fortunately, there are many solutions if the construction crew must cross the roadway to access the garden or house.
Protecting the Roadway
If a vehicle must cross the driveway, using protective floor mats can help prevent potential damage. These mats create a temporary pavement for machinery and heavy vehicles and can be placed directly on the driveway.
When using the mats, they should be placed with the smooth or less aggressive side facing down on a hard, finished surface that can be broken up. The mat helps distribute the machine’s weight on the roadway, preventing the tires or tracks from digging into the surface.
Mats are especially useful when a tracked machine must cross the roadway. They can prevent the tracks from cutting into the surface, protecting the roadway.
Ground protection mats are easy to transport, thanks to the integrated handles on each mat. Multiple mats can also be linked to create a continuous surface for vehicles.
Once vehicles have crossed the roadway, the mats can be removed. Many construction companies already have mats that they take to job sites, but purchasing them is a great idea if you know you’ll be doing a lot of construction work on your property.
Find Another Path
Depending on the configuration of your property, avoid having vehicles cross your driveway. For example, you can have a dirt or gravel driveway or let vehicles cross your lawn. Ground protection mats on grass or lawn
Use ground protection mats to create a temporary path through your lawn. These mats prevent cars from sinking into the lawn, and you won’t have to worry about fixing potholes after vehicles drive over them.
If you intend to install ground protection mats on your lawn for a long period, we recommend using clear mats. These mats are designed to allow sunlight to reach the grass, preventing it from dying when the mats are laid down.
If you plan to do any work on your property, start by having an open discussion with the construction company that will do the work. Then, ask them to inspect your property to find an access route clear from trees or overhead wires.
The company representative should be able to provide detailed information about the weight of each vehicle and its potential for property damage. They should also be qualified to help you determine the best way to get vehicles onto your property and identify structures, such as the septic tank and well, that you will need to bypass.
If every vehicle is overweight and must cross your driveway, ask if you can send a smaller vehicle. If you are making a delivery, see if you can split the delivery into multiple loads. You will have to pay a higher freight rate, so consider whether this additional cost is cheaper than repairing or resurfacing the driveway.
Can You Put Concrete on a Driveway?
The first step in making a concrete roadway is to lay a layer of gravel or crushed stone as a base. For this purpose, use a vibratory plate compactor or road roller. Next, prepare the roadway by digging to a depth of at least 10 cm. If the ground is uneven, add another 10 cm. Once the excavation is complete, set stakes every meter and place a concrete formwork.
Once the concrete has hardened, steel reinforcements can be added to increase its strength and distribute the weight of the vehicles. A loader, a tractor with a bucket, or a wheelbarrow with a mechanical motor can be used to install the reinforcement. Specialized saws can also be used to cut contraction joints in the concrete. Once the concrete has hardened, you can walk on it, but follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.
Once the concrete has been poured, the surface should be smoothed and the excess removed. A wooden 2×4 can be used to level the concrete. Place it horizontally on the slab and see it in a smooth motion. Excess concrete can be used to fill in shallow areas. This step is critical because concrete can harden very quickly. To ensure that your driveway remains as beautiful as you imagined, you should seal it yearly.
Running concrete mixers over slabs should not be the contractor’s first choice but should be considered carefully after exhausting all other options. Although the study is based on subgrade modulus values, certified slabs may have soft spots. If trucks pass over these points, the slab is damaged. In the author’s experience, some of this damage may only appear years after construction. In addition, possible damage to the slab surface from rocks, mud, and debris must be considered and planned for before trucks are allowed to drive over the slab.