Concrete is a sturdy building material with many advantages and an excellent choice for driveways. However, no driveway will last indefinitely. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.
ConTile Industries in Edmonton are expert concrete contractors. They offer tips on knowing when it’s time to remove and replace your concrete driveway.
1. It’s 20 years or older
Even a high-quality driveway will not last forever. If your driveway is more than 20 years old, you should replace it. By this time, your driveway is probably looking worse for wear. You might see signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, staining, and crumbling.
2. Deep cracks
Colder climates are especially harsh on concrete. After all, your driveway is victim to the catastrophic freeze-thaw cycle. This often leads to deep cracks and potholes that cannot be repaired. Surface-level cracks, on the other hand, can be replaced. However, too many cracks of any kind are a sign that your driveway is nearing the end of its life.
3. There’s standing water
Standing water can mean that your driveway is sinking. This is a serious issue and a definitive cause for replacement. The water that lingers on the concrete weakens the driveway, creating additional potholes and cracks.
Of course, standing water can also indicate a drainage issue. While pooling water is terrible for your driveway, it can be devastating for your home. Improperly graded driveways function as slides, ushering the water toward your home’s foundation and basement. This leads to expensive water damage.
4. Spiderweb cracks
Spiderweb cracks are another indicator that your driveway needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, such damage is beyond repair. If left, spiderweb cracks will continue to spread, and the condition of your driveway will continue to degrade. These cracks may also look like scales.
5. Diminishing curb appeal
Your driveway is an essential part of your home’s overall curb appeal. Cracked and damaged driveways create a run-down and shabby exterior appearance, which negatively affects your home’s resale value. So replacing your existing damaged driveway is a good idea if you’re hoping to sell any time soon.
6. You want to replace your garage floor
If your garage floor is damaged, sinking, or cracked, you might want to replace it with a new concrete floor. Having your garage or shop floor replaced at the same time as your driveway is a smart idea. Then your concrete contractor can send a crew to get both done simultaneously. That could save you on labour costs and reduce the time you’re out of a garage and driveway! Reach out to ConTile Industries about replacing your garage or large shop floor.
Concrete Contractors in Edmonton
ConTile Industries offer residential and commercial contracting services to homeowners and businesses in Edmonton. Their concrete finishers are all Certified Journeymen, and Red Seal endorsed. They deliver quality workmanship and customer service every time. Improve your home with a new concrete driveway this spring!
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