Replacing Your Driveway

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Having a beautiful home is one thing, but it’s also incredibly important to have a well-kept exterior as well. Having a crumbling driveway can seriously kill the curb appeal of even the loveliest house. Even though driveways can last for decades, replacements will be necessary eventually. The average asphalt driveway has a lifespan of about 25 years, but many residential and commercial property owners don’t know how to recognize the signs that it needs replacing. By looking for some telltale signs you'll be able to recognize when you need a new driveway and the best way to go about it.

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Potholes: One of the most classic signs of aging asphalt, is potholes. They are caused by natural geological movement and also due to the general wear and tear from regular traffic. As the ground beneath the asphalt expands and contracts over time, it weakens and cracks the asphalt, which is then broken up by the traffic. Potholes are not only unsightly to look at, but they can also cause serious damage to your car. Going over a hole in the driveway every day is bound to be tough on your tires and suspension system. The good news is small potholes can be filled and a replacement can be prolonged. These holes are bound to pop up again, but new asphalt is much stronger.

 

Crack: Cracks are one of the first signs that a new driveway is needed . Your driveway may need to be replaced, if not at least repaired.. “This is a common issue that develops in both concrete and asphalt surfaces over time. In many cases, gas, oil, de-icing salt, and other harmful substances penetrate the driveway surface and worsen the cracks (builddirect.com).” Small cracks definitely have the ability to be repaired but it’s the long, deep cracks that require a complete driveway replacement.

 

Drainage: Water won’t affect a driveway that is in good condition, but one that is getting older can have some serious issues. An uneven or sloped driveway will often have water that pools in certain areas or runs down the middle and sides of the driveway. This constant level of water in concentrated areas can seriously weaken the driveway in certain spots. This weakening leads to an increased number of cracks and potholes forming. Asphalt is a porous material and when installed properly, it has the ability to filter the water down into the ground surface with little pooling or runoff.

 

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Overall Rough Appearance: The sun can also do a serious number on your driveway. Fading from exposure to the sun’s UV rays is an incredibly common issue with home driveways. The rays penetrate the driveway surface, and result in an oxidization of the surface, which causes the color to fade away.

 

Replacing your whole driveway can seem like a daunting task but with the right tools,background information and team of professionals, you can easily pick what works best for you. Asphalt, concrete and paver driveways all have their pros and cons, but if installed correctly can all be a beautiful addition to your home and add to your curb appeal. Contact us at to learn more about making the exterior of your home look buyer ready.