4 Signs That You Have A Failing Concrete Driveway In Need Of Replacement
Although a concrete driveway is one of the more durable surfaces out there, between the constant exposure from water, sunlight, and the pressure of daily traffic, both foot and vehicle, it is going to start to wear and break down over time, undermining its overall integrity and causing damages that might be too severe for repairs. Nothing lasts forever, and your concrete driveway is no exception. That being said, determining when your aging concrete driveway actually comes to the point where it needs to be replaced, as opposed to repaired, isn't always the easier thing to determine, and it helps to have a little bit of professional advice on the matter. To assist you in that process, our team of concrete service specialists have taken the time to put together this short list detailing just a few of the signs you can be on the lookout for that might indicate it is time to say goodbye to your old concrete driveway, and have a new one poured.
Cracks are nothing new when it comes to concrete driveways. Between the constant tread of feet and vehicle tires, your driveway is going to develop cracks over time, but having them seen to by a professional can help to seriously mitigate the damage being done. Long, linear cracks can often be refilled and sealed without too much trouble, but if you notice spiderweb cracks appearing in your concrete surface that makes it start resembling cobblestones more so than a flat concrete surface, it is likely and indicator that it's time to start fresh with a fresh pour.
Weathering of your concrete driveway's surface is going to happen over time, regardless of how well you take care of it. That being said, a weathered and worn driveway surface can bring down the overall aesthetic of your home and its visual appeal. In most instances, weathered driveway surfaces can be repaired by resealing the surface, but if you notice that certain areas of your driveway seem to be deteriorating faster than others, or it just seems that they can't shake that worn out look, it might be time to start considering replacement.
If the ground underneath your driveway starts to flex, shift, or erode, it can disrupt your concrete's ability to maintain one cohesive surface. Oftentimes, this results in deep cracks, overall structural weakness, and of course, potholes. Sometimes these potholes can be fixed by filling them in and have them resealed by a professional, but if you notice that certain potholes just seem to keep coming back, it is likely an indicator that there is a serious problem underneath your concrete that needs to be addressed. In these instances, replacement is likely one of the better options.
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect just about any concrete surface to last you around 30 years, depending on conditions and how well you take care of it. However, when you start noticing a great deal of cracking, especially if these cracks start to spiderweb out, it could be a sign that your concrete is nearing the end of its useful life, and investing in a replacement surface is likely going to be a better option in the long run, as otherwise you will continue having to invest in more and more repairs until the surface falls apart entirely.