Regardless of how lovely your home is, a cracked or deteriorating driveway can quite literally kill your curb appeal. If you have been living in your house for a while, you may notice some imperfections in your driveway. Issues with your driveway can not only be an eyesore but can be potentially damaging to your vehicle. Many driveway problems can be fixed by simple repair work, but the best solution may be to replace your driveway completely when there is widespread damage. Here are a few signs that your driveway needs replacing.
The most obvious sign that your driveway is in disrepair is the appearance of cracks in the stone or surface. Driveways develop cracks over time. De-icing salt, oil, and other substances seep into the driveway’s surface and cause significant damages. Additionally, the moisture that penetrates the stone freezes in winter months and expands, exacerbating the cracks on the driveway. You can fix small cracks with simple repair work, but a complete driveway replacement may be necessary if the cracks are deep and broad.
If you live in an area with a lot of rain, it is essential to ensure that your driveway has proper drainage to prevent moisture buildup. Uneven or sloped driveways cause drainage problems that can weaken your driveway and lead to more cracks and potholes. Water running down the middle of the surface or pooling in certain spots are signs of uneven areas in your driveway. Replacing the driveway is usually the best solution to repair existing damage.
Constant exposure to the Sun can cause your driveway to fade and give off a rough look. This is more than just an aesthetic issue, a faded or weathered driveway is more susceptible to cracks and damage. While a sealant may improve the appearance of your driveway, a full replacement may be required to enhance its durability.
Often, the reason for a driveway replacement is that the current one is too old. The average lifespan for a driveway, regardless of material, is between 15-30 years. Exposure to UV rays, harsh weather, and constant wheel and foot traffic can contribute to an aging driveway and make it more susceptible to damage. Installing a brand new driveway is more beneficial rather than wasting money on repeated repairs.
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