August 17th, 2016
When to Replace Your Driveway If you’re like most homeowners, you probably only stop to think about the condition of your driveway when you’re lamenting the large cracks that have formed in it. Such cracks are unsightly and can take away from the overall look of your home’s exterior. Yet you’re probably debating on whether or not it’s worth paying the money to have driveway replacement done to a surface that you’re just going to continue to walk and drive over. Driveway Replacement Rules As soon as those cracks start to appear, the thought of replacing your driveway starts to grow in your mind. Yet with the option to try and patch those cracks being available, you might be torn over whether it’s better to have driveway replacement or repair done. In general, there are a few rules that you can rely on to dictate when you need to replace your driveway:
- Consider its age: Your driveway is asked to go through a lot in withstanding the elements as well as providing you and your family a surface to drive over. After a certain amount of time, any material asked to endure such abuse will break down. If your driveway is approaching 20-25 years old, it may time to consider replacing it.
- Some cracks are just too big: Small cracks in your driveway’s surface can often easily be patched with liquid crack fillers. Yet any that are more than a few inches deep or greater than a quarter of an inch wide could be a sign of deeper damage to the driveway’s foundation. In such cases, patching it only temporarily delays the need to replace it.
- Add value to your home: If you’re considering a move, think of the aesthetic value that a new driveway could add to your home. Your driveway is one of the first things that prospective buyers will see. Seeing it full of large cracks may scare them away.