Resurface or Replace?

Resurfacing or Replacing Your Driveway: Which is Better?

Many property owners often wonder whether resurfacing or replacing their driveway is a better option.  It is important to understand the current condition of your driveway and even the material used in your driveway, like gravel or asphalt, when deciding which would offer a better solution.

There are many issues that can cause property owners to wonder if they should resurface or replace their driveway.

Issues with your driveway that may help you consider if you should resurface or replace it include:

  • Potholes
  • Cracks
  • Drainage issues
  • Uneven surfaces or crumbling
  • Age of current driveway
  • Fading in color or not visually appealing
  • Large scale areas of damage

Is it Better to Resurface Your Driveway?

If you have a driveway that is in constant need of patching but you are not wanting to have the complete driveway replaced, resurfacing may provide a better option.  Resurfacing a driveway involves removing the top layer of your current driveway and replacing it with a new top layer.

Resurfacing can make driveways appear brand new at less of the cost of a full driveway replacement.  While resurfacing provides a facelift to many driveways in dire need, it can not be used to correct all issues a property owner may be facing with their driveway.

If your driveway has a few potholes or cracks, it may benefit from resurfacing.  Resurfacing your driveway can also be a great choice if your driveway has lost its visual appeal.  If you are wanting to freshen up your driveway, this would be a great solution.

If your driveway has extensive damage or if there are issues with the foundation, resurfacing your driveway may not be the best solution.  Without correcting a faulty foundation, your driveway may continue to crack and have other signs of damage after a resurfacing.

Is it Better to Replace Your Driveway?

Replacing your entire driveway involves removing the current driveway and its foundation.  Once the old driveway has been removed, it is completely replaced with a new foundation and a new driveway.  This type of full driveway replacement may be necessary if your driveway has extensive potholes, cracks, or a problem with the foundation.

Age can also play a major role in deciding whether or not you should replace or resurface your driveway.  If your current driveway is over 20 years old, you may consider going with a full driveway replacement.

While replacing your driveway may cost more time and money upfront, the results and money saved are well worth it in the long run.  With drainage issues and other environmental issues, sometimes a full driveway replacement is needed versus a driveway resurfacing.

If you would like to speak with a driveway expert, contact Breck’s Paving today.