The Canadian climate is known for its extreme temperatures and weather patterns. As a result, our driveways are put through a lot of wear and tear. But when should you replace your concrete driveway? Here’s what you need to know to ensure your driveway lasts as long as possible.
Cracks and Potholes
If your concrete driveway has begun to crack or form potholes, it may be time for replacement. Small cracks in your driveway can be normal; however, if the cracks start to increase in size or depth, it could indicate that the foundation of the driveway is beginning to deteriorate. Potholes are also an indication that it may be time for a replacement. It’s important to repair small cracks and potholes right away so they don’t get worse over time.
The age of your concrete driveway is another factor that can determine if it needs replacing. Typically, a well-maintained concrete driveway can last up to 20 years; however, if your driveway is older than 15 years old, it may be time for a new one. Keep in mind that the age of your concrete driveway also depends on how well it has been maintained throughout the years—and how much wear and tear it has gone through from extreme weather conditions like snow, ice, rain, etc.
Sinking or Settling
Another sign that you may need to replace your concrete driveway is if there are sections that are sinking or settling due to erosion or poor installation techniques. If not addressed quickly, these issues can become worse over time and lead to costly repairs down the road. It’s best practice to inspect your concrete every 6 months for any signs of settling or erosion so you can make sure you catch any issues before they become more serious (and expensive).
Knowing when it’s time to replace your concrete driveway can save you money in the long run by preventing costly repairs down the road caused by neglecting maintenance issues like cracking and settling foundations. Be sure to inspect your concrete regularly for any signs of deterioration; this will help ensure your driveway lasts as long as possible while still looking great! If you’re unsure whether or not it’s time for a replacement, contact an experienced professional who can assess the condition of your current drive and offer guidance on whether or not now would be an appropriate time for a replacement.