I had a contractor put in a new concrete driveway in last August (poured in
35 degree Celsius temperatures). By mid-September, it had developed a crack
already about 6 feet long (and even a small triangle about 6" big had
cracked as well.). The crack is right where I suggested an expansion joint
should be put, but the contractor said that he wasn't going to put in one in
that spot. We have a brutal expansive soil problem here called "Regina
This spring I noticed another crack on another section of the driveway about
the same length.
1) Do I have a legitimate "beef" with this contractor? He told me that
cracks are going to develop over time, but should they develop this soon?
2) Is there a complaint process I should go through?
3) should I seal the cracks up? If "Yes", with what?
i think his point was that since you were the customer you should have
insisted. seeing that he didnt do it, and im not saying i wouldnt have done
the same thing since i dont know a damn thing about concrete and would have
probably taken the guys word, its good ammo when it comes time for your day
1. You contact the contractor and give him a reasonable opportunity
to 'fix' the problem.
2. At the end of that time, you sue the contractor and any 3rd
parties such as insurer or bonding company.
What does your written contract say. Written Warranty?
You didn't get anything in writing? You are probably SOL unless you can
show he deviated from
"normal standards" in your area that is what you would have to prove in
court. That the work that he did does not meet the standards in your area
that he should have known about?
You don't mention how wide or long the driveway is or how thick the pour
thickness of pour about 4", width 103". Length (3 sections): #1 - approx
12' (from 9' X 7' garage door to corner of house), #2 - 14' (alongside
house), #3 - 20' (alongside house and extending to edge of existing
I would surmise that the 14' and the 20' sections cracked. It has
been my experience that concrete flat work does not like to be
more than 12' without a construction or contraction joint.
Concrete will also crack at re-entrant corners and places where it
is locked against a building or existing pavement.
Concrete is not warranted against cracking in my experience. I
would certainly never offer it. As often said in the industry - I
guarantee 2 things. It will get hard and it will crack. The
trick is to get it to crack in nice lines either with saw cuts or
tooled joints, but even well placed joints are not a guarantee.
If the cracks are tight, just leave them alone. If they over an
1/8" you might consider using a concrete router or v-groover to
increase the joint, install backer rod and seal with urethane.
Here are 2:
Sonneborn SL 1:
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Depending on the size of aggregate used along with this 4" pour, the
contractor has way too big of control joints. Maximum size with less than a
3/4" aggregate should be a 8'x10' section. With a larger than 3/4"
aggregate, the sections could be 10'x10'. Time to raise hell
The only fix is grinding in a joint , grinding the crack and filling
with mortar. and Small claims.
If the Jack Ass was to lazy a Hack to put in a joint waiting for
his response will be a waste, file Small Claim tomorrow full amount.
Complain to ? you local Gov is best, the BBB is a joke.
Are you referring you suggested a expansion joint, or control joint (saw
cut)? There is a difference. You don't give enough information such as: was
a new base installed and compacted, thickness of pour, how far apart are the
control joints, the sac of mix used. Hopefully the contractor used wire to
help control the heave once its cracks. If by chance he used the fiberglass
additive to the concrete thinking he could eliminate important steps, he
made a huge mistake often made by rookies. BTW, no concrete contractor in
my area will guarantee against cracks, it's virtually impossible to
guarantee against cracks even with the appropriate steps attempting to
control where it cracks. The important issue is if he short cut the job.
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