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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.

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Cracking The Myths About Asphalt Paving Cracks With Actual Facts

by Kent George

One of the most logical ways to make sure that your driveway is a solid surface to pave it using asphalt. Even though asphalt paved driveways are probably the most popular choice for homeowners, not all homeowners know enough about this material to achieve proper maintenance—especially where cracks are concerned. The fact is, there are a lot of big myths about cracks in asphalt paving that have no truth to them at all. Take a look at these common myths about asphalt paving cracks and the real truths you need to know. 

Myth: Cracks only happen when you don't have your driveway sealed like you should. 

Fact: There are all kinds of reasons why cracks can form in asphalt paving, from excess weight stress on top to shifting changes beneath the ground. Therefore, you can be adamant about sealing your driveway and eventually still see some cracks develop for a different reason. Even still, making sure you have your driveway sealed on a regular basis will definitely protect it from weathering and small cracks, which can easily become big cracks with time. 

Myth: You can fill cracks in your asphalt pavement with cement-based crack filler. 

Fact: Crack fillers are often assumed to be pretty much the same thing, just a multipurpose formulation that can be used on everything, but this is definitely not true. While you could mix concrete-based crack filler and stuff it in the cracks and it will seem like you have accomplished something, this crack fill will not last. The two materials are different in makeup and consistency, and, therefore, the cement-based crack filler will not properly adhere to the asphalt. What looks like a filled crack will continue to expand and grow with the improper filler material. 

Myth: Sealing the driveway will repair the cracks that are visible. 

Fact: Sealing asphalt pavement alone will not repair most types of cracks. The only type of cracks that can be repaired through sealing are small fissures that don't run deep but sit right on the surface. With larger cracks, the sealer material will slip down into the cracks and make the crack appear smaller and may even cover the crack completely at first. However, the sealer material is not strong enough to seal a large crack together and hold it that way for the long term. This is why asphalt paving contractors usually suggest crack filling treatments before sealant application. 

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