Concrete is among the most durable building materials around, which is part of the reason why it remains so popular today. That said, even the most durable surface will break down eventually due to exposure to the elements. Snow and ice in winter in particular will cause issues that may need to be addressed by a professional.
Many homeowners understandably want to put off the cost and inconvenience of driveway repair, but this is the type of problem that isn’t going to go away on its own.
What are signs that I need to repair my driveway?
If your driveway suffers from any of the following issues, then it’s time to call a concrete contractor:
- Cracks: This is often the first sign that a concrete driveway is in need of repair. This occurs due to the expansion and contraction of the earth beneath the concrete slab. These cracks may at first appear to be small, but if they’re not addressed quickly, then they’ll grow wider and longer, eventually leading to problems like potholes. It’s best to have these repaired as soon as possible.
- Aging: If your driveway is close to the end of its lifespan, there will be a number of indicators. This includes a combination of common problems like cracks, pooling water and an uneven surface. This means the driveway is simply past the age when it can withstand additional stress. Call a professional to discuss replacing your driveway to avoid further hazards.
- Pools of water: When a driveway is working as it should, water flows off it and isn’t absorbed. When water is pooling on your driveway, that means it needs to be repaired. Without inspection and appropriate repairs, severe water damage may occur.
- Unevenness: When the concrete appears to be uneven, you will need to call in the pros to repair it. Exposure to the elements causes the concrete slab to settle, which can be addressed via concrete lifting. Over time, though, this issue could get worse and result in breaking and cracking. If you want to avoid driveway replacement, you need to address any uneven surface right away.
Repair/resurfacing vs. replacement
Repair is the best choice if the damage to your driveway isn’t extensive. For damage that covers less than half of the driveway and doesn’t affect its structural integrity, repair is likely the optimal choice.
You may also want to consider the benefits of resurfacing. This is a good option for driveways that still have the foundation intact but have a damaged top layer. If you’re concerned with smaller cracks or who want to improve your driveway’s aesthetics, you should look into investing in resurfacing.
We hope this article has addressed the question of when it’s time to repair your driveway. At Lewis and Tibbitts, Inc., we offer a range of asphalt and concrete services. From excavation to grading and pouring for parking lots and driveways, we do it all. We’re a leading contractor that’s been in business since 1973. Trust us to handle your next project. Contact us today and get a free quote.