Residential concrete driveways are typically used on a daily basis, but it is not uncommon for homeowners to ignore their driveways until major problems arise or the driveway is beyond repair. On average, a new concrete drive costs approximately $4,000-- paying attention to your home's driveway and having it repaired when the issues are minor cost a fraction of that amount and can ensure that your concrete driveway lasts 25-30 years as designed.
Knowing what to look out for will make it much easier to ensure that your concrete driveway is repaired in a timely manner. Some common signs that your home's concrete driveway is in need of repair include:
With time and use, it is not uncommon for concrete driveways to develop small cracks. Homeowners may not perceive these small cracks to be a big problem, but neglecting to repair cracks in a driveway can lead to major issues. Small cracks that are ignored typically grow and expand, which can cause major structural damage to the driveway. Cracks also allow plants to grow up through the driveway and allow rain water and melting snow to penetrate the concrete.
If you want to avoid having to spend a large amount of money to replace your home's driveway, it is in your best interest to inspect it regularly for any sign of cracking. Discovering cracks when they are very small will reduce your repair costs and prevent your driveway from experiencing major damage.
While concrete is a very strong and durable material, extended exposure to moisture can cause extensive damage. When a concrete driveway is not leveled properly and designed to allow proper drainage when it is installed, it will most likely need repairs within a few years.
After a rain storm or when snow is melting, take the time to look at your driveway-- If there are areas where water is pooling, especially after the rest of your driveway has dried, it is a good idea to speak with a reputable concrete contractor to have the issue repaired so you don't end up with a ruined driveway that needs to be replaced.
A concrete driveway should be stable and have the strength to withstand the weight of vehicles that may drive over it or park on it. But many people do not realize that the stability of a concrete driveway relies on the soil beneath it. If the soil beneath your driveway is unstable, it can shift without warning, which can lead to areas of your driveway collapsing and causing potholes.
Anytime a driveway develops deep indentations or actual potholes where the concrete has collapsed, it is important to contact a concrete contractor as soon as possible. Having this type of problem with your concrete driveway repaired quickly is key if you do not want to end up spending a lot of money to have your old driveway removed and a new one installed.
Excessive Exposure to Automotive Fluids
Whether your vehicle is leaking oil, transmission fluid, or any other type of automotive fluid, it is not good for your driveway. In addition to causing unsightly stains, leaking automotive fluids can cause problems with the surface of your driveway. The first step is to have your vehicle repaired so it is no longer leaking fluids; after that, you may need the assistance of a concrete contractor.
If you have large oil or other automotive fluid stains, have them evaluated by a concrete contractor. In many cases, you may be able to remove them and restore the concrete with chemical cleaners. But if you need further repairs to the driveway, you should schedule them in a timely manner.
When you need driveway repairs, please call Baywest Construction, LLC!