As a homeowner, you most likely have a list of priorities when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Mowing the lawn, trimming shrubs, vacuuming inside, and even washing the windows are most likely high on your list of tasks to complete. In most cases, you will not place much time or energy into thinking about your driveway. Unfortunately, this can be problematic at times, since your driveway is a key part of your home's first impression. If you have an asphalt driveway, ensuring it is clean and in good condition is smart for your family's needs and home's curb appeal and value. Here are a few signs it is time to repave your asphalt driveway.
Cracks and Crevices
One of the easiest ways to determine if your driveway needs repaving is to inspect the surface for cracks, crevices, and potholes. Larger cracks and potholes will be easily seen and repairing thin cracks is possible without a great deal of effort. However, if you have multiple cracks, large crevices, and even potholes, it is time to invest in a new driveway.
Asphalt driveways can last up to 30 years if installed and maintained properly, but cracks and potholes may develop with basic wear and tear. Driving and parking your vehicles or machinery on the asphalt in addition to the weather elements can all cause the asphalt to break down over time.
Repairing each imperfection at a time is possible, but a complete repaving will restore the durability and look of your driveway in a more efficient and effective manner.
Puddling or pooling of water on the asphalt and water running down the middle of the driveway are common signs that you have a drainage problem. If you notice water is puddling on the driveway or not flowing properly off the asphalt and away from your home's foundation, you most likely need to have the driveway repaved.
Removing the old asphalt will first be necessary. This will give your driveway a fresh start, ensuring you have the right foundation before pouring the new driveway.
Consult your contractor to determine if landscapers will be needed to excavate dirt and soil before preparing the ground for the new asphalt. Then, the ground can be graded, creating a slope that works for your drainage needs. After the foundation has been prepared, the asphalt is poured and curbs are added to aid in drainage of water off your driveway.
Another reason to have your driveway repaved is a lack of sufficient space. In many instances, builders will pour small driveways because they are more affordable. While sufficient, these shorter, smaller driveways will not offer enough space for parking two or more cars. A driveway with a width of 9 feet is not large enough for comfortably parking two vehicles or even one larger vehicle.
If you are like most people, you will need extra space for parking and turning around in your driveway. If you need to repave to repair cracks, crevices, and drainage issues, consider investing in a longer, wider driveway that is capable of parking two or more vehicles and turning around in a safe and efficient manner.
For extra space, consider a driveway that is between 20 and 24 feet wide. A 20-foot driveway will be suitable to park two cars, but opening doors and walking between the vehicles could be problematic. For the best results, opt for a width of 24 feet for comfort, ease, and convenience.
When maintaining your home, be sure to focus on your driveway, too. This guide and your contractor will help you decide when and if it is time to repave your asphalt driveway.