Driveways are considered the focal points of our homes or businesses but they can often be overlooked and susceptible to damages over time. Our driveways must withstand rain, snow, temperature changes, driving vehicles, and many other factors that put them at risk for damage. There are several different options that can be used to fix and replenish driveways, depending on the material and overall level of damages. Some driveways may be able to patch small areas or resurface the area, while driveways with extensive damages may need to be fully replaced. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of driveways plus some common issues and how they are repaired.
Concrete is a great option for those who are looking for longevity and durability. On average, concrete driveways can last for 25 years or more, making them a great investment for both homeowners and business owners. There are a variety of epoxy coatings and finishes available to help minimize the maintenance needed to keep your driveway free of cracks and imperfections. It’s important to note that concrete can be challenging to work with and install, so it’s always recommended to have a professional work on your driveway. The professionals at Houston Driveway Replacement have extensive experience with concrete installation and repairs.
Asphalt is another popular material used in commercial and residential driveways, due to its affordability and ease of maintenance. Asphalt driveways can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years and have excellent resistance to fluctuating temperatures, which is excellent for those hot Houston summers. This material is great for homeowners because the maintenance is simple and can often be completed with relatively inexpensive products. Compared to other driveway materials, it may need more coatings or maintenance than other options. Asphalt requires certain steps are followed for proper installation and should only be handled by experienced or licensed professionals.
Pavers and various stone materials can also be used to create stunning driveways, though they tend to come with higher up-front costs. These materials are not only beautiful but durable and easy to repair or replace if necessary. Pavers are a great option for those who want to add a unique pop or aesthetic to the front of their property while also ensuring functionality. These materials may require more up-keep than other driveway options and repairs can be expensive depending on how extensive the damage is.
With service options ranging from repairs to replacement, you may be wondering which one is right for you. Let’s explore the different options Houston Driveway Replacement offers clients.
Your driveway can need repairs for a variety of reasons, including damage from weather or cracks from impact. All driveway materials can crack or begin to wear over time, so it’s crucial to stay alert and fix any damages quickly. Cracking and holes are not only an eyesore to your property, they can also lead to more expensive problems or structural damage! If handled promptly, our technicians may be able to simply fill or patch the damaged areas if they are small. If the areas are larger than one-quarter of an inch, they may be too large for standard repairing options. It’s important to mention that repairing small areas or imperfections will not provide a clean appearance of resurfacing or replacement, but is great for small or quick fixes.
If the damages or issues with your driveway are too large or complex for repairing, resurfacing may be a great option. Resurfacing will not only provide a clean, fresh, and cohesive feel to the area it will also help to fix any damages. This is because prior to the resurfacing process, any issues with the driveway will be addressed and fixed to prep the surface for the new material. Resurfacing your driveway is an excellent way to get the look, feel, and benefits of a new driveway without the cost or hassle of a new replacement.
Driveway replacement may be necessary when there is extreme damage to the area or it is over 15 years old. As the driveway materials age and are subject to weather and other various elements, the structural integrity weakens and the overall strength of the concrete or asphalt fades. Resurfacing is not a good option for old driveways or those with severe damage because it can cause more damage over time. Full driveway replacement is a good option for long-term results, as well as an added value to your property.
When selecting a repair method for your driveway, it’s important to assess the situation and evaluate each option. The team at Houston Driveway Repair has the knowledge, experience, and tools to help with planning your next driveway project. Reach out today for a free estimate or with any additional questions!