Severe weather changes can cause damage to your concrete driveway, causing a need for replacement. In some cases, repairing the damage can help. However, if the problem is continuously becoming worse, it may be time to replace your concrete to fully restore its appearance and function.
Don’t let a crumbling driveway take away your beautiful home’s curb appeal. Instead, look out for these 5 signs that it’s time to replace your concrete driveway.
Sunken Concrete and Drainage Issues
When looking at your concrete driveway, do you notice that portions of your driveway are sinking? Generally speaking, sinking concrete is caused by drainage issues. When there are cracks or pits, water doesn’t properly drain away from the concrete. An uneven driveway can cause water to pool in one or more areas, thus sinking through the foundation of the concrete.
In some cases, products can be inserted below the foundation to lift the concrete. However, this can be pricy and there is no guarantee it will work. It may be best to replace the surface instead.
Cracks in the Concrete
Cracks are a common issue that develop on concrete surfaces over time. Generally speaking, superficial cracks that don’t expose any material underneath the concrete are not harmful to your concrete driveway. These smaller cracks can simply be sealed or filled in.
However, long, wide, or deep cracks that spread the concrete at least ½ inch apart are signs of more serious damage. Furthermore, this damage can worsen as you drive your car or heavy machinery onto the surface. In these cases, it may be best to get your driveway replaced since the large cracks can’t be repaired.
Rough Appearance of Your Driveway
Your driveway may need to be replaced if it is fading from exposure to the sun’s UV rays. As the rays oxidize the surface causing it to look dull. In some cases, applying a sealant can help restore its original look. However, you may want to consider a replacement as the durability of the driveway has already been affected.
Your Driveway Should Be Replaced if It’s Old
Another sign that your driveway needs to be replaced is if it’s just too old. It’s bound to happen eventually; most concrete driveways last up to 30 years. However, after years of extreme weather, damaging chemicals, and daily use, your concrete driveway can reach an advanced age much faster.
You Frequently Invest in Driveway Repairs
Your driveway might be in need of replacement if you are regularly performing extensive repairs. In general, repairs to the driveway tend to affect its appearance but does not improve it long-term. Instead, skip the hassle of continuously pouring time and money into temporary repairs by replacing it with new concrete materials.
We Specialize in Driveway Replacement
Though driveways can last for decades, it will eventually need to be replaced. If you notice any of these signs on your concrete driveway, give JBS Construction a call! Take a look at our gallery to see some of our high-quality concrete driveway installations. As a full-service concrete services company, we offer professional installation, repair, and maintenance of concrete surfaces for both commercial properties and homes. Contact us today!