There are a few signs that it may be time to replace your driveway:
- Cracks and potholes: If your driveway has large, uneven cracks or potholes, it may be time to replace it. These defects can cause damage to your vehicle and can be hazardous to walk on. They will just get worse over time as well.
- Age: Asphalt driveways typically last about 20-30 years if you are lucky, while concrete driveways can last even longer with proper care and maintenance. If your driveway is approaching or has surpassed this age range, it may be time to consider replacing it.
- Sinking or settling: If your driveway is sinking or settling in areas, it may be a sign of a more serious underlying issue that can typically only be repaired by replacing the driveway. This can be caused by improper preparation work or possibly poor drainage and wash out from gutters, etc.
- Poor drainage: If water tends to pool on your driveway or if it doesn’t drain properly, it may be time to consider replacing it. Poor drainage can cause damage not only to the driveway but also possibly your foundation.
In general, it’s a good idea to have your driveway inspected by a professional every few years to assess its condition and determine if any repairs or replacements are needed.