Driveways are an important factor to consider when buying or selling. They not only create a place to park but also create better curb appeal. Without proper care and maintenance, driveways can be a nuisance and safety hazard. Here’s why your home should have a well-maintained driveway.
Repair or Replace
After harsh winters or extreme weather, driveways become susceptible to cracks, water damage, lifting or uneven surfaces, and loosening. If not repaired or replaced, you can risk slips and falls, damaged car tires, or avert buyers from purchasing your home.
Repairing a driveway is much more cost-effective than replacing; however, there are some limitations when it comes to repairing. If a crack is less than a quarter inch in width, repairs can be beneficial. Some driveways are easier to repair such as brick, cobblestone, or concrete pavers.
Replacement of concrete or asphalt driveways is necessary when filling cracks is not an option. Age, drainage issues, erosion, and tree roots are just a few of the common issues that may cause major problems later down the road. Cleaning, sealing, and repairing cracks on a regular basis will prevent replacement.
Concrete is a common driveway material for its durability and modern style. This smooth surface is easy to maintain and requires little upkeep. The major downside is replacement is usually more beneficial than patching and repairing.
Asphalt is like concrete with its durability but differs in lifespan. It is easily patched and repaired but often needs replacement.
Gavel driveways are one of the most low-maintenance options. They do not require repairs but will need replenishing over time. Gravel is not equipped for cold temperatures or snow, so it is mainly used in warm climates.
Stones and pavers have the longest lifespan but are often the most expensive option. Replacement is relatively simple since they are installed individually. An important factor to consider when it comes to cost is the existing foundation. Preparation and leveling is needed before laying stones and pavers.
Driveways have a relatively quick turnaround time, depending on the material. They can vary from one day of labour to a few weeks. Late spring and summer are the best times to repair or replace a driveway since the weather is warm and dry. This will ensure proper installation and prevent premature damage.
Create the curb appeal your home needs to ensure a long lifespan or to sell with the help of a FairTradeWorks Advisor. Our team of construction experts will make sure your driveway meets your needs, your climate, and is built to last. Contact us to speak with one of our experts.