Driveway Repair Or Replacement: Which One Do You Need?

Driveway Repair Or Replacement: Which One Do You Need?

Not many people spend their time thinking about their driveway’s condition…

…Until they spot a few cracks and potholes.

If your driveway has been showing signs of wear and tear lately, it has probably faced prolonged neglect. So the only reasonable thing to do is to decide whether to go for a driveway repair or replacement – depending on your driveway’s condition.

Both asphalt and concrete driveways will surrender to the damage caused by motor oils, Matthews, NC’s freezing weather conditions, and weight of heavy-duty vehicles.

That’s why our paving experts at SMI Paving offer their asphalt repair services to get your driveway back to looking in tip-top shape again – no matter how drastic the damage is! Click here for a free quote.

It can be confusing for an average person to assess if their driveway needs to be repaired or replaced.

Here are 5 telling signs your driveway needs a repair ASAP:

1. Potholes

Potholes are the bane of every drivers’ existence. They cause vehicle damage, bumpy car rides, and, accumulate stagnant water.

Luckily though, they can be easily repaired by pouring an asphalt mixture into these potholes to level out your driveway’s surface.

2. Small cracks

Small cracks seem minuscule today but can turn into much larger ones if not repaired immediately.

If your driveway cracks measure less than half an inch, you should rush to get them repaired before water freezes in between them.

Water that freezes inside these cracks causes your asphalt surface to expand during cold temperatures, resulting in your asphalt surface to ‘pop’ open and form larger and deeper cracks. 

3. Faded color

Freshly-applied asphalt displays a strong and rich black color, which with time, fades away into a more charcoal-grey hue.

This doesn’t mean your driveway won’t function properly. It just means your asphalt surface has aged and needs a sealant to restore its beautiful black color.

4. Depressed areas

Heavy rain and weighty vehicles ultimately cause driveways to ‘sink’ down lower than your garage floor. A simple asphalt repair service at SMI Paving will make your driveway leveled again.

5. Crumbly edges

Your driveway crumbling at its edges is a sign your asphalt surface is thinning out.

Adding on layers of asphalt will strengthen your driveway’s surface, and prevent the edges from crumbling apart for at least the next 10-15 years.

Getting your driveway replaced is a huge decision. It requires a bulkier investment as compared to repair, and takes a longer time to complete too.

Here are signs your driveway needs a full-scale replacement:

1. Numerous potholes

One pothole can be fixed with a repair. But multiple potholes that are reigning terror on your driveway? That sure sounds like something only an extensive replacement can fix!

The reason why numerous potholes can’t be fixed with a repair is because of the severity of damage they inflict on your driveway’s foundation. Multiple potholes weaken your driveway’s structure.

A full-scale replacement will strengthen your driveway from the roots so that it can last up to 15 years, if not more.

2. Lifespan

An asphalt or concrete driveway cannot last more than 20 years. If it has, it’s probably in horrible condition and is creating safety hazards for you and your vehicle.

We recommend replacing your asphalt driveway every 15 years for optimal surface performance.

3. Drainage complications

Any asphalt surface that is causing drainage issues on your driveway is not something to ignore.

If your driveway isn’t draining water properly and is instead leading water towards your house’s foundation, your property will suffer structural damage if not taken care of right away.

Replace your asphalt driveway and have a proper drainage system and flow installed to prevent property damage from occurring.

4. Interconnected cracks

There are small cracks, and then there are much larger spiderweb-like cracks that take over your entire driveway. When these appear, it’s time to replace your asphalt driveway without any hesitance!

In short, if your driveway has minimal surface damage, a quick asphalt repair service will do the trick. However, if your driveway’s foundation is weak and has several cracks, potholes, and patches scattered all over, asphalt replacement is the more suitable choice.

Click here if you live in Matthews, NC and need asphalt driveway repair or replacement services. 

Our paving professionals at SMI Paving will assess your driveway’s health and determine whether it needs a repair or replacement. We assure you, we will give your driveway a polished look without crossing your budget!