Is it time to repair or replace your driveway?

Like just about everything in our homes, your driveway requires maintenance. That way, it’ll continue to look its best and provide a safe and reliable surface for your vehicles. At Bulldog Paving, we’re asphalt experts, and we offer homeowners affordable and reliable paving services to keep your driveway in top condition. 

Driveways are exposed to a lot of harsh conditions, especially here in Canada. Extreme temperatures, from summer’s heat to winter’s deep freezes, can cause your driveway to crack. Rain, hail, UV exposure, and chemicals from your vehicle also cause considerable wear and tear that may need addressing.

Typically, you can expect a driveway to last about 15 years, but if you begin to notice signs of wear, it’s a good idea to address them as soon as possible. Left untreated, you’ll likely experience accelerated aging of your drive, and have fewer and less affordable options for fixing it.

Here are some of the indications homeowners should watch for that could mean it’s time to give your driveway some love:

1. Cracks 

Cracks are common indicators of driveway distress. Not only do they detract from the appearance of your property, but they can also lead to further damage that’s more difficult to repair if left untreated. 

Smaller cracks can sometimes be filled with a high-quality crack filler or sealant specifically designed for asphalt driveways, but larger ones require professional repair. We can properly assess the damage and provide you with solutions like patching or resurfacing.

2. Potholes

Like cracks, potholes tend to get worse if you don’t deal with them immediately. They can also cause problems for your car’s tires and suspension. Potholes often result from untreated cracks, and they allow water to penetrate your driveway, damaging it further. If your driveway has potholes, we’ll provide you with options for repair or resurfacing to prolong the life of your driveway and protect your vehicles from damage.

3. Fading or stains

As driveways age, exposure to the elements and vehicle fluids can cause discolouration and unsightly stains. Revitalizing the appearance of your driveway can greatly enhance your property’s curb appeal.

Stains can often be removed with professional cleaning techniques. If your driveway is otherwise in good condition, you might also be able to reseal it. A liquid mix is applied to restore your driveway’s rich black appearance. It provides a protective layer, preventing further deterioration from chemicals, moisture, or UV exposure. It won’t fix potholes or cracks, though, so these will require repairs first if you have them.

4. Water drainage issues

Pooling water is usually an indication of water drainage issues. Depressions in the surface of your driveway or an inadequately sloped driveway can cause water damage that accelerates further deterioration. Eventually, erosion and structural damage will occur.

If drainage is an issue, start by evaluating the slope and grade of your driveway to ensure that water flows away from your property. You may need professional assistance to make adjustments if water is allowed to accumulate on your drive.

Filling low spots and depressions can temporarily prevent continued damage, as can installing drainage channels that redirect water away from your driveway’s surface. Since water accumulation can continue to deteriorate your driveway, have it evaluated by a professional to determine if resurfacing or repaving is recommended.

5. Structural instability 

As your driveway ages, you’ll likely begin to notice signs of structural instability. Significant cracks, loosening gravel, heaving, or crumbling edges are just a few of the indications that your driveway could pose a safety hazard requiring immediate attention.

It’s best to contact us for a thorough assessment. Your driveway may have significant erosion, and gravel may continue to loosen from the asphalt, leading to additional degradation. We can determine the appropriate course of action for your circumstances.

6. General wear and tear

Although asphalt is durable and long-lasting, it still has a natural lifespan and will eventually show signs of wear and tear. If it’s older than a few years, you’ll likely require some professional attention to keep it in top form.

Regularly sealcoating your driveway is a preventative measure that protects the surface and extends its lifespan. Other periodic maintenance, like repairing and sealing cracks, can also ensure its longevity. If it’s nearing the end of its lifespan, be sure to give us a call to find out how we can provide you with expert asphalt services so your driveway will continue to serve you well.

We’re here to help

Your driveway is more than just a functional pathway—it’s an essential element of your property’s overall aesthetic. Recognizing the signs that it needs repairs or replacement can prepare you to proactively safeguard your investment.

At Bulldog Paving, we’re here to help homeowners like you keep their driveways in excellent shape, providing you with a smooth and safe surface for your vehicles, and an aesthetically-pleasing finish that enhances your property’s value. 

Whether it’s filling cracks, restoring colour, improving drainage, addressing structural problems, or planning for the future, partner with us to ensure you have the expert guidance and quality solutions you need. We’ll help you revive the beauty and durability of your driveway, enhancing your home’s appeal for years to come.

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