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Three Ways To Determine If It's Time To Replace Your Asphalt Driveway

by Clinton Stone

If you're anything like the average homeowner, with all the demands of life, you likely have little time to think about the condition of your asphalt driveway. In fact, a considerable length of time has probably passed since you've even had the time to look at your driveway. However, if you want to take care of your home, checking the driveway is a habit you want to get into. At some point, it is likely that your driveway will need to be replaced. Determining if your driveway needs replacing can be fairly simple, if you know what to look for.

Age

One of the easiest indicators that you need to replace your asphalt driveway is its age. For the most part, your driveway is meant to last for a considerable length of time. However, as with most other things, it does have an expiration date. Exposure to the elements can cause the materials in the asphalt to breakdown and disintegrate.

This generally leads to weak spots and holes. These types of issues are especially common if you haven't performed preventive maintenance over the years. Once your driveway reaches about twenty years old, it's a good time to start thinking about replacement.

Selling your Home

If you're thinking about selling your home, replacing the driveway is something you should consider. A new driveway can benefit you in two different ways. First, it simply makes your home look better by increasing your home's curb appeal. Most potential buyers are more eager to purchase a home that looks good.

Secondly, a new driveway adds value and appeal because it's one less expense the new owner has to worry about. Home-buyers are always willing to pay more money for a property that is move-in ready with little need for maintenance.

Large Cracks

Another easy-to-see indicator that it's time to replace your driveway is large cracks. Small cracks on your driveway is somewhat common. When these cracks are small, a rubber-like asphalt material can be injected into the cracks, repairing the surface.

However, if small cracks aren't repaired in a timely manner or there is an underlying structural issue, these cracks can grow very large. Once this happens, the cracks can't be repaired by simply injecting the rubber-like material. In this case, the only solution is to replace the driveway completely. 

It takes little time to determine if your driveway needs replacing. Make certain you are inspecting the condition of your driveway and reaching out to a professional contractor, like Lakeridge Paving Company, for replacement if necessary.

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