When your driveway starts to show signs of wear and tear you think about patching it up and just fixing the issues that are visible on the surface. But, band-aid fixes aren’t going to make your problems go away.
To elaborate on that, if the problems are really minor, only then will patching work. If you try to fix huge cracks in your driveway without thinking about what the root cause of the problem is, it will only frustrate you, because new issues will
arise as soon as you’ve eliminated the old ones. Unless you’re on a tight budget and replacing the entire driveway is getting costly, we would suggest you replace your driveway.
So how do you tell that you need to replace your driveway? Here are the tell-tale signs.
The most obvious way to tell that your asphalt needs to be replaced is that it has numerous large cracks. Patching or repairing such damage only delays the inevitable and means you have to address the same problem later—perhaps even in the same year.
Sinking And Misalignment
Misaligned or sinking slabs can cause costly damages to your car or truck. If the slabs of your driveway are sinking and becoming misaligned, you should replace them immediately, or the problem will only worsen.
Crumbling And Pitting
Patching up the holes in your driveway costs you and leaves the problem temporarily solved only for the problem to resurface in a short span of time. If the concrete is crumbling or pitting, it means your driveway has seen its last days and should be replaced with a new pour.
Driveway Hasn’t Been Resealed Regularly
Asphalt driveways need to be resealed regularly every 2-3 years to prevent cracking and breaking around the edges. While sealants are relatively affordable, many homeowners are short on time and forget about doing the required maintenance. If yours has been neglected over the years, the cracks and breakage could be extensive and the whole driveway might need replacement.
Poor Condition Of Base Under Driveway
For example, in areas with clay soil, your driveway is prone to shifting and moving. If you know what kind of base is under your driveway, take that into consideration. In areas where soil is particularly unstable, a geo-textile fabric may need to be put in place. These materials are durable and strong, providing a better base for the asphalt that will be laid over the top.
Age Of The Driveway
The older your driveway is, the lesser basic repairs will help. Asphalt and concrete become more prone to cracking as they age, so if yours is nearing the end of the average lifespan, it’s time to consider replacing it. In the end, the extra effort spent in upkeep isn’t worth it.
If your driveway is exhibiting some of the above signs, you should replace your driveway which will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Always consult a professional when it comes to matters of driveway repair and if you need to get any work done.