When to Replace your Concrete Driveway
A concrete driveway is an investment that, when installed properly, should generally last you around 30 years. While at the time it may seem more cost-effective and convenient to just repair problems as they come, sometimes it can just create more issues in themselves. There are a couple of ways to tell whether you just need to repair some things or you’re better off just replacing it completely.
Some cracks, say those less than a quarter-inch wide, are small enough to easily be replaced by fillers. These are usually not a sign of deeper issues so a quick fix is normally all that is necessary. However, anything larger is more indicative of more serious damage and a liquid crack filler will only be a temporary remedy to the problem. Also, if you do decide to try and fix the issue yourself, the filled in areas will likely be a different color to the surrounding concrete, which can be a bit of an eyesore.
A small pothole is usually not cause for too much concern and can be repaired. However, for multiple or deep potholes you are much better off replacing the whole thing. Deep holes can gather water and affect your driveway’s very foundation. They also can wreak havoc on your car. If you live in a colder climate, water can seep in and expand when frozen. Individual repairs can cost a pretty penny. Patches also usually don’t last that long. Replacing is a great option as newer materials would be used that can withstand more.
When it comes to repairs, less is more when you are dealing with concrete. If you are regularly performing extensive, costly repairs it will break the bank and also possibly cause its own issues further down the line. After daily use, extreme weather conditions, UV rays and chemical use, repairs will only do so much. It may be better to just start over with new material so you can have a beautiful, functional driveway for years to come.
How old your driveway is also has a lot to do with the decision to repair or replace. At some point your driveway will just be past its prime. Most asphalt driveways are meant to last 15-20 years. Concrete lasts a bit longer, 25-30 years. It’s a bit less if you live in a colder climate. It’s the same as with most things, there comes a point in which the materials no longer resist the wear and tear of everyday and the best thing to do is to completely start over from scratch. It doesn’t make sense to continue to individually patch up the issues as they come, as it becomes costly and only fixes the issue momentarily.
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