Depending on weather conditions and maintenance, concrete driveways can last many years or have a shorter lifespan than expected, but one thing is for sure, at some point, concrete driveways will have to be replaced, repaired or resurfaced and it is important that you know how to identify when it’s time to carry out a concrete driveway replacement, before causing more damage to your property.
Here are some ways to identify when it’s time to replace your concrete driveway:
1. Finding cracks
Finding cracks along the concrete is one of the first signs that your driveway needs to be replaced, otherwise, the cracks will only spread more and eventually will result in holes. If you don’t want to replace your entire driveway, you could also choose to repair it, however, it is an immediate solution to a problem that may come back sooner than later.
2. Finding Holes
Another sign that your driveway needs to be replaced is finding holes on the concrete. It really doesn’t matter if the holes are big or small, this is a clear sign that your concrete driveway is seeing its last days. If the holes are small they will increase in size in no time, and if the holes are already big, they will get bigger and can damage your tires or can become a hazard to you and your family.
Finding signs of erosion on the concrete means it’s time to replace it. If concrete seems crumbly or is missing some pieces, you need to replace it or else it will get worse very fast and it may become difficult to walk or drive on it.
The life expectancy of a concrete driveway is very high depending on its use and maintenance, they can last up to 20 years depending on their condition but eventually they will need to need replaced after this time.
These are some of the ways to know if your concrete driveway needs to be replaced or repaired. Remember that it is advisable to consult with a professional concrete contractor before you take the decision of replacing your driveway to know what is the best option for your specific situation.