The life span of concrete driveways is approximately 30 years. However, many factors will affect exactly how long yours will last. When exposed to daily pressures, your driveway surface works hard, and over time, its surface materials start to degrade. This is due to exposure to heavyweight vehicles, weather elements, erosion, and oil leaks. Potholes, cracks, stains, failed drainage, and failed drainage can all contribute to a tired-looking driveway that can likely kill your curb appeal. Since driveways' lifespan varies, sometimes you may find yourself wondering whether or not it is time to replace yours. Here are the signs that will help your determine whether it is time to replace your concrete driveway.
Pitting or potholes is a sign of a failing concrete driveway. There are several reasons why potholes occur on the surface of a concrete driveway, and these are hailstorms, heavy cars, and tracks that may have been parked on the driveway or concrete naturally deteriorating as a result of aging.
When the potholes are formed, however small or large, it will allow water to sit and puddle on the concrete surface. When the accumulated water gets absorbed by the concrete surface, it will affect the foundation below the concrete surface, causing the asphalt surface to crumble away.
When pitting starts to form on your concrete driveway, you should consider repairing it, but it gets to a condition where they can accommodate water, replacing it with the best solution.
When portions of your concrete driveway start to sink, you would probably want to replace it. The drainage issues are the common cause of sunken concrete. When designing your concrete driveway, it should be in such a way that water from rain or sprinklers can easily fall down the slope and into the gutter. In short, your driveway should be the slope. However, if this is not the case, cracks, pit, and potholes that may exist will accumulate water, which will eventually sink into the foundation, thereby causing the foundation to erode. If this occurs, your concrete surface may sinks.
If your concrete shows signs of sinking, injects the products below to help lift it, this may be pricy, but it's worthwhile. But if the driveway is old and in poor condition, then replacing it will make more sense.
Cracking of concretes commonly occurs on the surface, and it is always due to the settling of concrete or its expansion and contraction due to extreme weather conditions. When the cracks are small, they can be sealed. However, when the cracks are long, deep, or wide, they cannot be repaired.
When it comes to maintenance specialists, it will be upon the contractor to determine whether the cracks are repairable, and this will be based on the overall condition of the concrete driveway surface and the weather elements it is subjected to. No exact measurement exists for considering how long, wide, or deep a crack on concrete is for repair.
If the crack cannot be repaired, replacing the entire driveway will the best option. Failing to replace the driveway will cause cracks' continued growth, which will eventually cause the surface to crumble.
As mentioned earlier, age is also a factor to consider when deciding whether or not to replace a concrete driveway. When your driveway is approaching 25 years, repairing it will not a wise investment; instead, you should replace it.
Replacing the concrete driveway comes with lots of benefits such as the high capacity to bear heavy loads, appealing looks, ability to absorb lesser UV radiation, reduced cost of maintenance, as well as resale value. A basic driveway installed by a professional crew over a gravel base will cost you $4 to $10 per square foot when it comes to the cost. When we are looking at the national average, it is about $6 per square foot. So a 16 by 38 driveway will cost you about $3900.
Concrete driveways usually remain functional for 25 to 50 years, depending on they were built and how well they have been maintained. A basic concrete driveway built over a gravel base by a skilled expert would cost $4 to $10 per square foot. The average is about $6 per square foot, making the cost of a 16 x 38 driveway to be around $3900. However, these costs can nearly double if you decide to choose a stamped or colored finish. Expect to pay slightly more if there is demolition of a previous slab involved.
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