When to Replace Your Driveway

Depending on the current condition of your driveway and the age of your driveway can widely affect when the time comes to replace your driveway.  Many external factors like weather, environment, and personal usage can all play a role in how much life you get out of your driveway.  The main factors that can affect the life of your driveway include:

  • Age
  • Uneven Surface
  • Cracks
  • Potholes
  • Drainage Problems
  • Aesthetic/Appearance

If you are looking to find out if now is a great time to replace your driveway, check out some of the tips below!

How Long Do Driveways Last?

Age matters when it comes to driveways.  Depending upon the specific material used for your driveway, with proper care, some can last up to 30 years.  Taking proper care of a newly installed driveway can ensure that it will be enjoyed for years to come.  Filling cracks as they start, plowing with care and not using salt on your driveways are all easy ways to ensure you get the most use out of your driveway.

When to Replace Concrete Driveways
If you have a concrete driveway, it could potentially last 30 years.  Yet, many factors can cut the lifespan off of your concrete driveway.  With a concrete driveway, it’s important to clean it often.  It is also vital that you do not use certain types of deicing chemicals on your concrete driveway when experiencing snow and ice in the winter.  These chemicals can cause damage to concrete driveways, thus shortening the lifespan.  If your concrete driveway has not been cared for properly over the years, it may be time to replace it.

When to Replace Asphalt Driveways

If you have an asphalt driveway, these can last from around 15-20 years.  Again, many factors can have an affect on how long your specific driveway may last.  The edges of your asphalt driveway can be the weakest spot and should be handled with care.  Be sure not to place sharp or heavy objects like dumpsters on your asphalt or it may cause it to weaken. You should also use care to ensure certain automotive fluids are not able to leak directly onto your asphalt.  This can cause asphalt to soften or dissolve.  If your asphalt driveway has not been properly cared for, you may consider replacing it in the near future.

Uneven Driveways

Uneven surfaces are a great reason to consider replacing your driveway. Many factors outside of proper care can cause your driveway to become uneven.  Even if you take the best care of your driveway, soil erosion and poor drainage can cause your driveway to sink and become uneven.  If you notice your driveway becoming uneven and not level, it is important to have a driveway expert take a look and let you know what your best options would be.

Cracked Driveways

Having a cracked driveway is one of the most common reasons for a driveway replacement.  Many things can lead to cracks in driveways made of concrete and asphalt.  Time can naturally breakdown these products and cause driveways to crack.  Other factors like freezing temperatures can also cause cracks to appear from the freezing and thawing cycle.  If you are experiencing a cracked driveway, you may consider replacing your driveway as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Potholes in Driveways

Potholes can be one of the most frustrating things a homeowner or business can deal with when it comes to their drive.  Potholes are not only unsightly, but they can become dangerous to homeowners and customers.  Potholes can be caused by a variety of issues.  Weather and drainage issues can be the root of the potholes and driving on damaged material can also cause the driveway to develop potholes.  It’s very important to consult with a paving expert when you are dealing with potholes.  For safety reasons alone, potholes should be inspected and repaired as soon as they appear.

 Drainage Problems in Driveways

If you are experiencing drainage problems in your driveway, it is important to note that many of the issues discussed above can all be the direct result of drainage problems.  If you notice water pooling on your driveway or weakened spots from previous drainage issues, it may be time to replace your drive.  Homeowners and business owners should look into the drainage problem that exists and speak with a professional about how to best correct these drainage issues in order to protect their driveways.

Aesthetic/Appearance of Driveways

Sometimes, driveways just lose their beauty.  If your driveway appears weathered and ragged, you may be ready for a new look.  Not all driveways need a full replacement, so you may want to consider an alternative like resurfacing.  If you are ready to visually improve your driveway, contact Breck’s for a quote.

 There are many reasons to consider when it comes to replacing a driveway.  It is also important to speak with paving experts who can offer the best solutions for the specific issues you are facing with your current driveway.  Breck’s can answer any questions you have about replacing your driveway.  Contact them for a quote today.