We love the comforting feeling of pulling into the driveway at home after a day at work, a vacation, or even just a short trip out of the house. There’s no place like home, and your driveway is one of the first noticeable features of your property, so it’s important to know the signs you need a new concrete driveway. An attractive driveway is a joyful addition to any home, increasing its aesthetic beauty while also increasing its value at a reasonable cost. JBS Construction is your expert in the Milwaukee area when it comes to the best selection of concrete driveways installed with the utmost professionalism.
Telltale Signs You Need a New Concrete Driveway
It’s normal for a concrete driveway to need replacement after a number of years. After all, they undergo plenty of wear and tear. Here are 6 telltale signs to keep an eye out for:
New or Noticeable Cracks
Small cracks in concrete happen, especially with the harsh cold weather we experience during Wisconsin winters. However, if you spot more new and more noticeable cracks in your driveway, it may be time for a replacement. This is because unlike smaller cracks, bigger, noticeable cracks are difficult to repair. An increase in new cracks might also indicate that the driveway is simply aging and weakening.
If your driveway has not been replaced in decades, it will be showing signs of advanced age. Aside from the cosmetic reasons for replacing a concrete driveway after many years of use, depending on the type of ground the driveway is built on, it may become less and less stable over the years due to natural shifts and the degradation of soil or sand beneath the concrete surface. Be on the safe side and replace an old concrete driveway.
Holes, Craters, or Chipping
Concrete driveways should be free of surface imperfections including holes and craters. After years of heavy use, small holes, indentations, and craters may form on the surface of your driveway. Left alone, smaller indentations can turn into disruptive potholes. Once a larger crater begins to form it becomes more difficult to repair, and it may be a better option to opt for a full replacement. Chipping around the edges of a driveway is also common, and can negatively impact the surrounding landscaping or lawn. It is also a sign that the original material is weakening.
Your Driveway is Uneven
An uneven driveway surface can lead to puddles, causing a few different issues. Water can freeze into ice patches in winter which lead to slips and falls. It’s easy to trip on an uneven surface even without the added risk of ice. Additionally, an uneven driveway can cause inadequate water drainage. Without proper drainage, even a driveway that appears fine now is at an increased risk of deteriorating quickly, as water can seep into the concrete and weaken it over time.
Weather, motor oil, home improvement projects–you name it. Everyday occurrences leave their mark on concrete whether we like it or not. When it is newly installed, concrete has a fresh attractive look. While the appearance of a driveway doesn’t necessarily affect its usability or performance, it can detract from the beauty—and your enjoyment—of your home.
It’s Simply Time for an Upgrade
If you are thinking of selling your home and want to increase its curb appeal and your property value or if it’s simply time for an upgrade, that’s an excellent reason to seek a new concrete driveway as well. JBS Construction specializes in a wide variety of concrete types including stamped and decorative. Whatever it may be, we can help you achieve your vision for a unique color, texture, or pattern so that your driveway adds that extra something to your home.
Don’t Delay Your New Concrete Driveway!
No matter the season, no matter the reason, we are here when you see signs you need a new concrete driveway. If you want some inspiration, you can view our concrete project gallery to get some ideas for your new driveway, courtesy of JBS. Don’t delay, contact JBS Construction to replace your concrete driveway in Milwaukee.