When homeowners think about what sort of expenses they should expect to incur during their time in a home, replacing roofs, furnaces and water heaters is usually at the top of the list. However, driveways are another home feature that can wear out and need to be replaced. Some signs that a driveway should be replaced are puddles of water and large holes or cracks.
- Poor Drainage
Many people expect their houses or garages to settle slightly over time. Driveways can also settle and become uneven. This can cause water to pool in one area and can lead to erosion. The grading foundation Reseda CA should be done carefully before a driveway is poured so that water can drain away quickly.
- Holes and Cracks
Ice, water, rock salt and fluids leaked from cars can all lead to the formation of cracks. It can be easy for homeowners to overlook a new crack or hole until it is quite large. While it is possible to repair any damage as long as it is caught early enough, eventually it will spread. If ignored, driving over the resulting potholes can lead to broken tires, rims or suspension. Pedestrians may also trip and fall, which may result in serious injuries or lawsuits.
Asphalt and concrete are two of the most popular types of materials for driveway construction. Over time, the exposure to chemicals, harsh weather conditions and everyday use will wear out the materials. As the materials age, they may become dull or discolored and show signs of crumbling. Typically, an asphalt driveway lasts about 20 years, while one made from concrete can last up to 30.
Getting a new driveway may not be as exciting as some other home tasks, such as selecting colors for an exterior paint job or redoing the landscaping, but it is an important part of keeping the property looking and functioning correctly.