Concrete Maintenance: When To Replace Concrete
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A properly maintained concrete driveway can last 20 to 30 years depending on climate. Concrete is one of the strongest building materials used in construction, however nothing lasts forever. Unfortunately, age, climate and mother nature can slowly begin to chip away at the life of your driveway. But how do you know when to replace concrete? Here are some warning signs that your driveway has reached the point of no return and needs to be replaced.
If you notice water run-off collecting around your foundation from your driveway, it’s a sign of improper drainage. Homes are designed to shed moisture away from your home, so if your driveway is now causing water to build up around the foundation, it is increasing your chances of water flooding into your basement or crawlspace. In situations like that it’s time to have your driveway evaluated to see if your driveway would benefit from concrete lifting. Concrete lifting is an eco-friendly process that actually raises your concrete slabs, eliminating larger gaps while adjusting the pitch and slope. If a professional determines that concrete lifting won’t solve your drainage issues then it’s usually time for a replacement.
If your driveway has deteriorated to a point where it’s formed large or deep potholes, chances are it’s passed its expiration date. Multiple potholes throughout your driveway are an indicator of moisture penetration. This is especially problematic during the freeze/thaw cycle of winter or heavy rains of spring. A preventive step you can take to ward off water penetration and reduce the probability of potholes forming is to simply have your concrete surfaces sealed. Not only does sealing enhance the look of your concrete surfaces, it also acts as a moisture barrier, preventing stains and issues caused from moisture penetration.
Cracks that show the aggregate below the surface of the concrete are detrimental to your driveway. Deeper cracks measuring 1/2 inch apart are a problem, as the damage will usually continue to expand, especially as you repeatedly drive your vehicle over them. Smaller cracks however, should be repaired as soon as they appear to prevent a further escalation of the problem.
Bravo Concrete Maintenance
Replacing concrete can be a costly endeavor, often ranging a few thousand dollars for a typical driveway. Your concrete is a long term investment. Whether it’s a driveway, patio or walkway, concrete can last decades with proper maintenance. That’s why it’s important to take preventive measures to ensure you’re getting the most for your money. Sealing your concrete and repairing cracks and spalling issues as they appear can not only improve the curb appeal of your home, but it can also increase the life expectancy of your concrete surfaces. The concrete professionals at Bravo Concrete Maintenance are experts at helping you get the most out of your surfaces. Whether you’re in need of preventive maintenance such as sealing or pressure washing, or more involved repairs such as concrete lifting, cracks or surface damage, Bravo has the experience you need. Call us today at (716) 834-2454