We love driveway resurfacing, but there comes a time when a complete replacement is necessary. Just like your home, it all starts with a solid foundation. You can go around patching holes and filling cracks, and while that is great preventative maintenance, if the foundation underneath is bad, you need to get to the root of the problem. If you don’t, those issues are just going to rear their ugly heads again next year. The question is…is it time to replace the entire driveway?
The only way to know that for sure, is to determine whether or not the foundation itself is bad. A good measuring stick is age. If your driveway is more than 20 years old, it is time to replace it. Once driveways reach this age, they almost certainly have structural damage underneath and it is time to get to the root of the problem.
Is your driveway newer? If so, the issue can be a bit trickier to diagnose. Particularly harsh winters, and lots of rain can damage even newer driveways as well. Tell tale signs of a failing driveway foundation is the size of the cracks. If the crack in the driveway is more than a few inches wide and deep, then it is time to get an expert out to determine if the foundation underneath is bad, or a simple crack filling job will suffice.
If you think your driveway might need replaced, give us a call, we’d be more than happy to come out and give you a free estimate.