Driveway Repairs – Should You Repair or Replace cracked concrete?

Driveway-Repairs-concreteIs it better to patch, refinish or replace cracked concrete? Driveway repairs can be expensive.

If your driveway has taken lots of wear and tear over a period of time, it’s typical to see evidence in the surface. A concrete driveway should be very durable, and if major cracking occurs, it might be necessary to replace the concrete driveway rather than have a contractor perform driveway repairs.

Concrete driveways are big investments and that is because, to have a properly built driveway, extensive site prep should be done.

Since a new driveway or replacement of concrete driveway sections is expensive, sometimes requiring proper preparation of the foundation of the driveway prior to replacement, homeowners tend to shy away from completely replacing concrete driveways, choosing instead just to deal with the growing cracks and crumbling material by patching up the bad spots. While this is much more cost effective in the short run, it could cause additional problems down the road.

The decision to patch or replace your driveway requires several considerations. In the end, your personal preference will play a significant role.

Filling cracks can be a short term fix and will require ongoing maintenance.

Crack filling or resurfacing fixes are always temporary because water will seep in between the old and new material and start to open up the hole again.

You’ll eventually have to replace concrete driveways that havae holes and cracks . Patching could push this replacement back a few years, but the driveway will look less than ideal during that time and a major purpose of having a concrete driveway is to improve the overall looks of your property.

The age of your driveway matters

If your concrete or paver driveway is pushing 25, it’s probably time to just completely redo the whole thing.  As durable and long lasting as concrete is, still, after many years spent in the elements, these materials just start to fail. Trying to patch these ancient driveways is normally not worth the effort, since new issues will almost certainly arise as soon as you’ve patched the old ones. Regardless of age, doing repairs can always make your driveway last a little longer, but at some point the extra work isn’t worth it.

concrete drivewayDriveway replacement & aesthetics

The condition of your driveway isn’t always the main reason for replacing it instead of just doing driveway repairs. In some cases, the driveway completes the look of the house, a look that could be very important to some homeowners. Having a beautiful driveway enhances your home’s property value. A patched driveway shows evidence of a maintenance issue that could deter potential home buyers if you are considering selling your property at some point.

Patches of repaired concrete won’t be invisible, and problems can creep up again at unexpected times. Having the driveway replaced could be beneficial. Just interested in talking to a trusted professional about the possibility of having your concrete driveway, or sections of it replaced? Call Counts Contracting. Contact us.

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By | 2016-10-26T03:36:55+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Concrete Driveways, News Feed|0 Comments

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