If you’re like most homeowners, maintaining the value and appearance of your home is one of your top priorities. It’s likely that your home is the greatest investment you’ll ever make, so caring for it and making it your own is one of the many perks of home ownership. When it comes to home improvement projects, one of the most common places that homeowners overlook is repairing or replacing their driveway.
So, When is It Time for a New Driveway?
Over time, concrete and asphalt become worn, cracked and settled. It’s a natural occurrence that happens as a result of soils shifting beneath the pavement and creating voids that leave concrete vulnerable to falling, sinking and breaking. When this happens, it’s important that you have your driveway repaired or replaced because if you let it go without fixing, it’s likely that the cracks will spread, other slabs will sink, and your driveways foundation will not provide the best surface to drive or park your car on.
When it becomes time for a new driveway, a professional concrete contractor will be able to provide you with solutions for whether you should replace the driveway or just a slab. In addition to their solutions for your home, they will provide you with options for maintaining or increasing the value of your home with a specific driveway material.
Asphalt pavement is a durable and popular solution when it’s time for a new driveway. Asphalt is easy to install and with proper maintenance, is shown to last for years. Its weather-resistant properties make it more dependable than concrete and can enhance the curb appeal and overall impression that your house makes.
Another option for your new driveway is concrete. Its durability does not live up to that of asphalt, but it’s popularity, appearance, and a wide variety of uses serve as serious factors to consider when determining the best driveway material for you. Laying concrete is easy, and unlike asphalt, does not depend as heavily on outside temperature, making it a better option for those looking to get things done right away during a season that may not be optimal for asphalt.
No matter what you decide for materials, the best way to determine whether or not it’s time for a new driveway is to work with a trusted concrete professional to evaluate your driveways existing conditions and work together to improve the value and appearance of your home.