Driveway paving Redoing is susceptible to the ravages of time like everything else. While sealing cracks and fixing minor problems may work for a while there will come a point in every driveway’s life when it’s time to rip things up and start over. It can be hard to tell sometimes when your driveway has crossed the line from ‘maintenance required’ to ‘replacement required’ but there are a few things to look for that can help you make that determination.
Signs That it’s Time to Driveway Paving Redoing
After years of enduring, ignoring, patching and just dealing with your old asphalt or concrete slab driveway the time has finally come to replace it with beautiful, durable interlocking pavers from M.E. Contracting. Here are five things that indicate it’s time to repave your driveway.
- Subsidence – If areas of the driveway have begun to resemble sinkholes it’s because the driveway is being undercut by water. Perhaps the last paving job did not provide adequate drainage or maybe all the water that has been seeping for years through the cracked surface of the concrete or asphalt has finally taken its toll. Once parts of the underlying base have been compromised you have little choice but to tear things up and start over.
- Excessive cracking – If the cracks in your driveway have become so big or numerous that they require regular attention it’s time for driveway paving. If you ignore the situation you’ll inevitably be dealing with the subsidence issue mentioned above and repairs will be that much more involved and expensive. Replacing asphalt or concrete with interlocking pavers will eliminate the cracking problem once and for all.
- Age – If your concrete drive hasn’t been repaved in the past 20 years it should be done just on principle. If you don’t you’ll soon begin to experience serious problems. That’s just the way it is. Not recognizing the need to repave is like ignoring the fact that you’re running out of gas. Sure you might get a little more out of what you have but when you hit ‘empty’ then what? Replace your old driveway before it hits empty and save yourself some real headaches.
- Curb appeal – You may have gotten used to the slow inevitable decline of your driveway but you should try to take a good, long objective look at it. Is this the way you want your home to be perceived by the rest of the world? Even if you put substantial effort into keeping the exterior of your Toronto home looking great a dilapidated driveway will drag everything down with it. You may not notice because you’re used to it, but others do. Guaranteed.
- Marketing – Some of the first people to notice driveway paving is in order will be prospective buyers. Fair or not when they see a faded old driveway with numerous cracks and sunken areas your home immediately goes into the ‘fixer-upper’ category in their brain. You may look at your old driveway and see character. Potential buyers see an expense.
Replacing your old, cracked, uneven asphalt or concrete driveway with interlocking pavers from M.E. Contracting provides an immediate and substantial bump in your home’s curb appeal. It will also free your driveway from the ravages of the Toronto freeze/thaw cycle and free you from having to engage in driveway paving every decade or so since interlocking pavers can easily last 40 to 50 years. Interlocking is also a major draw to potential buyers who, instead of seeing ‘expense’ see ‘long term savings’. Call M.E. Contracting today for more information about driveway paving or any other questions you may have about landscaping or hardscaping around your home.