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Signs It’s Time To Resurface Or Replace Your Driveway

One of the last areas we think about is our driveway when it comes to home improvement. 

It's quite true that asphalt or stone-paved driveways can last for decades. However, the integrity of their surface is lost over time, calling for a replacement. And to be honest, a cracked and neglected driveway can ruin the look of your whole property

Most people come across potholes or missing stones after some years of installing the driveway. These issues are easily repairable to revamp the surface to last for a few more years or decades. 

As the signs of deterioration keep showing up more frequently, it invariably calls for a complete driveway replacement. To plan your driveway replacement project as soon as possible, we listed a few of these in our guide.

So, without further ado, let's get started!

Common Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Driveway

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1. Cracks 

One of the tell-tale signs of damage in a driveway is cracks running through the surface. Even though you can repair a couple of minor surface-level cracks with asphalt sealant, deep cracks may cause major problems. With time, the cracks widen, leading to water damage to the driveway's foundation. 

Filling deeper cracks with asphalt sealant or fresh concrete mixture may also leave the surface uneven, which ruins its appearance. So, if you notice multiple cracks in your asphalt or concrete driveway, the best solution would be to get it replaced. 

2. Potholes 

Potholes make a driveway look extremely unpleasant and are also dangerous. These are often caused by wear and tear due to regular usage of the driveway but might also be a result of rough weather. Relatively new driveways may also get potholes, which usually points to poor work done by the contractors in setting the concrete or asphalt. 

And as the surface of the driveway starts to become weaker, potholes may expand, and cracks may become deeper. Extreme weather and pressure from heavy vehicles aggravate the issue so that repair work to fill the potholes is no longer an option. 

On top of that, constant jerks from driving on top of potholes can seriously damage your car’s suspension system. The best solution is to get a resurfacing or replacement job done on the driveway with newer materials that can withstand potholes for long. 

3. Drainage Problems 

Do you find water standing on the driveway for a long time after it has rained? In most cases, this points to drainage issues that might be present on its surface. It may also indicate an uneven or sloped driveway in which there can be a pooling of water in several parts. 

When water stands in an area for a long time, it can erode the asphalt or concrete, causing cracks and potholes. The water can get to the foundation of your driveway and may cause it to disintegrate. Apart from replacing the driveway, we recommend adding inlets or curbing to reduce water from getting trapped on the surface. 

You can also waterproof your driveway after it has been repaired to prevent further water damage and decay.

4. Overall Rough Appearance 

At times, you can understand that a driveway needs replacing just by looking. That said, the harsh UV rays of the sun can fade the asphalt or concrete, leading to a weakened surface. If the problem is only limited to fading, then resealing the top surface might work to increase the lifespan of the driveway

However, if you see that the driveway has sustained more damage than a faded look, a replacement might be a better choice. Neglected driveways often have visible cracks, potholes, and a thin upper surface. 

5. Damaged Resealing 

It is essential to reseal your asphalt or concrete driveway every two to three years to keep it in good condition. This minimises the chance of potholes or cracks developing and even reduces damage caused by water, oil, or other chemicals. You need to be extra careful around the edges to avoid cracks. 

If a driveway hasn't been resealed in several years, it might require a replacement. Also, keep up with the resealing schedule to avoid frequent repair jobs needed to fill cracks or potholes.

6. Old Driveway 

Was your asphalt driveway laid down over 20 years ago? If so, it might be the right time to get a replacement. Comparatively, concrete or stove-paved driveways last for a longer time. But, all of these surfaces will be affected by harsh sunlight, UV rays, rain, and chemicals, leading to cracks, potholes, or all-around damage. 

When the driveway is beyond its prime, repairs likely won't work and will end up being a waste of your time and money. Instead, a total replacement of the driveway, at times with better material, may let you retain the newly installed surface for decades to come.

Options For The New Driveway 

When it comes to replacing your old driveway, you'll need to choose a suitable material. We suggest consulting with a contractor to get more input about which driveway would work best for your property. Other than that, here are some popular options preferred by most homeowners:

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1. Asphalt 

Asphalt is the most prevalent driveway material, along with being the cheapest. When maintained properly with regular resealing and minor repairs, these driveways can last for 15-20 years. But, the appearance of asphalt may not suit homes with elaborate exteriors and outdoor decor. 

2. Concrete 

Concrete has to be one of the toughest materials used for creating driveways, with the surfaces easily lasting fifty or more years. It's a bit costlier than asphalt driveways but needs less maintenance, making it a pocket-friendly option in the long run. As it is a versatile medium, concrete lets you create diverse looks, primarily through colours and textures. 

3. Pavers 

Try to think about the most beautiful driveways you must have seen, and it's likely to be one paved with cobblestone or pavers. As you might have guessed, these are costlier than asphalt or concrete but allow you to have a more customised look. These driveways can last for 25-50 years, while some remain in place even after 100 years. 

Do You Need To Replace Your Driveway

This concludes our article about signs that could indicate it's time to replace your old or damaged driveway. We hope that our advice and tips will help you get your driveway replaced on time.

Additionally, we recommend hiring a contractor to get possible solutions whenever you notice signs of deterioration like deep cracks and potholes. Make sure to discuss the material of your choice and whether it would work in your driveway. 

Get in touch with Top Coat Concrete in Sydney if you need to replace or resurface your driveway. You can count on our team of experienced technicians to provide a resurfacing option and a brand new finishing solution for your driveway. With our team, you can be assured that your driveway in Sydney will last for a long time with minimal maintenance

Until next time!

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