Driveways take a lot of abuse over the years, especially if you live in an area with large fluctuations in temperature. Not to mention the several-ton cars that roll over them a few times a day.
Most driveways are built to last, but nothing lasts forever. You might start seeing some obvious signs that you need a driveway replacement. But there are also some less noticeable signs, too.
Here’s what you need to keep an eye out for.
1. Bad Cracks
It’s pretty obvious that it’s time to get your driveway replaced when you notice a giant crack in it. But many times, things start out much smaller. Are you starting to see several smaller cracks?
There are many reasons you might start seeing cracks. Salt, gas, and oil can all penetrate and harm your driveway. Do you live in an area where temperatures fluctuate above and then below freezing?
That can also damage your driveway when water gets into the cracks and then freezes. Small cracks can probably be resealed. Deeper cracks may mean a replacement is necessary.
2. Poor Drainage
That water doesn’t just create cracks, either. Poor drainage can weaken your driveway in the spots where water gathers.
Sometimes you can fix these issues with smaller additions, but not always. You may need a driveway replacement to fix the underlying issues.
3. Your Base Is Bad
Speaking of underlying conditions, do you know what’s under your driveway? You may want to think about that if you start seeing shifting or large cracks. To stabilize it, you’ll likely need the old driveway removed.
Contractors can then put in better materials for a base that will keep your driveway stable, such as limestone or con-bit.
4. You Haven’t Been Resealing
Oops. Your driveway doesn’t just take care of itself. It should probably be resealed every few years in order to keep cracks from forming.
If you read this and thought, “Resealing?” then there’s a good chance your driveway isn’t going to last as long as you think. Resealing isn’t difficult, but many homeowners forget as years go by.
If that’s the case, you may have significant cracks that just can’t be repaired. And yep, they’re only going to get worse.
5. It’s Too Old
Even if you’ve been diligent about resealing and keeping cracks and potholes filled, there’s one problem you’ll have to face eventually. Time.
It waits for no man, and definitely not for any driveways, either. If you’re experiencing many of these issues, it could simply mean that your driveway is too old.
Asphalt driveways can last anywhere from 15-20 years, and concrete driveways can last even longer. However, if you weren’t there when it was poured originally, you might not know how old your driveway is.
Your problem might be that it’s simply older than you think.
Where To Go For Driveway Replacement
If you’re in the St. Louis area, you need to call St. Louis Driveway & Patio. We can do all types of driveways, from standard concrete to brick patterned or designer drives.
So contact us today for a free estimate, and let’s get started on your new driveway!