Concrete Driveway: To Replace Or To Repair?

Posted on: 27 July 2017

In a perfect world, your driveway would last the entire lifetime of your home. Unfortunately, it's not a perfect world, so when your driveway starts falling apart you have some pretty big decisions to make. Paving is not an easy job. Nor is it a cheap one. Luckily for you there are multiple options, depending on what your goals and budget are.

Some of these options include: complete replacement, where you rip up the whole driveway and lay down a new driveway; filling in cracks as they appear, using liquid concrete; resurfacing, where you rip up the top layer and lay down another one; slabjacking, which is where you pump a mixture of sand and cement under the places that are slacking and lift them up to where they're supposed to be.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before deciding which option to go with:

  1. How big are the cracks? If the cracks in your driveway are minor, meaning thin and only on the surface, then simply grabbing some liquid concrete and filling in the holes yourself is the easiest and cheapest option. If they are wider than a quarter inch or deeper than a few inches then a liquid concrete fix won't last very long.
  2. How important is aesthetic? If you're big on first impressions and can't stand the thought of having a driveway covered in cracks, then resurfacing or replacement is your best option. With minor cracks or scaling, concrete resurfacing is a great option that will make your driveway look new while saving you a lot of money.
  3. How old is your driveway? Once your concrete driveway reaches 25 years or more, it's definitely time to replace it. Between the weight of your vehicles and the elements, fixing it at this point would be a fruitless effort, with more and more problems arriving faster than you could keep up with it.
  4. Do you live in a cold climate? The repeated freezing and thawing of concrete will break down the material faster than other climates. If you live in a place where this is a problem, replacing or at least resurfacing your concrete driveway often will prevent more serious damage down the road.

Deciding which option to choose to fix your driveway is not easy to do, but with this list of options and these questions to ask yourself, it will be a lot easier than you thought.