6 Signs It’s Time You Had Your Driveway Resurfaced
Driveways put up with a lot, harsh weathers during the winter, high temperatures in the summer and constant use of cars, bikes, vans, and people. But even the most durable materials will eventually show signs of deterioration. A well-maintained driveway is important to giving off a good impression and protecting your car from damage so it’s crucial to keep it in good condition and look out for any signs of wear and tear.
How Do I Know If My Driveway Needs Resurfacing?
We all spend a lot of time and care to improve our homes to leave the best impression and no matter how nice your home looks from the outside if your driveway is showing signs of wear and tear, or crumbling edges it can have a negative impact on the overall value of your property. But how do you know if your driveway has deteriorated enough to warrant a replacement or if it just requires a little bit of maintenance?
Learning the most common signs to look out for on your driveway can save you money by picking up on them fast but with conflicting information it can be a minefield. With over 20 years’ experience in resurfacing driveways, Axtell Surfacing have gathered the top 6 signs to keep an eye out for when it’s time to resurface your driveway.
1. Drainage Issues
The older your driveway, the more likely you are to experience drainage issues. If you find water pooling in patches or if water often runs down the middle of the surface it is likely your driveway has drainage issues. It’s dangerous to have a surface with drainage issues as it can become slippery, which can cause injuries and make it difficult when parking. It can also damage the surface itself which will lead to more cracks that will get larger over time. If this sounds familiar, it might be worth looking into resurfacing your driveway ready to ensure water can drain effectively during the winter seasons.
2. Multiple Cracks
Cracks can start appearing in a driveway that needs resurfacing. If you have cracks along your driveway this is a serious sign that your driveway will most certainly need replacing. Cracks can start small and get worse over time, especially during winter months where water can get in between the cracks, freeze, and increase the size of the cracks.
While you may have only noticed a few small cracks in the surface, there is the potential that the cracks run long and deep beneath the surface level. It’s worth having an expert come see your driveway to assess whether you simply repair those cracks or whether you’ll need to replace your driveway. Keep in mind if you do decide to repair the small cracks, the surface may appear darker than the colour of the original surface due to varying colours in natural materials. To avoid cracks in your new driveway, it might be time for a change in surface. Perhaps gravel would be better suited. Why not choose from our wide range of driveway materials to find the right surface for you.
3. Potholes on Your Driveway
Potholes can become a real cause for concern, not only are they a safety hazard and will make your driveway an uneven surface but they can cause damage to your car if driven over constantly. Which could lead to high-cost damage to your car’s wheels, tyres, and suspension system. Potholes are formed when the ground below expands and contracts to make the surface above weaken and fall apart. You can repair the potholes as they form, however keep in mind this won’t solve the issue and potholes may reappear during the winter seasons. If your potholes are appearing on your driveway, it’s time to consider resurfacing your driveway to avoid any further problems in the future.
4. General Wear and Tear
Wear and tear can occur on any surface over time, even the toughest surfaces eventually show signs of wear and tear, this is normal. Wear and tear can appear in the form of chips, cracked edges or uneven surface. Once you start to notice any signs of wear and tear and you’ve had your driveway in for a considerable amount of time, it’s worth considering hiring someone to resurface your driveway. Equally, if you haven’t had your driveway long we recommend getting advice from a member of our expert team who may suggest we fix the individual cracks rather than a complete resurface. However just bare in mind that while small signs of wear are fixable, it might be more cost-effective in the long term to replace. For more expert advice, start a conversation with Axtell Surfacing to discuss your driveway requirements.
5. The Surface of Your Driveway Is Fading
Exposure to the sun or extremely harsh weather will lead to the surface of your driveway fading over time, making your driveway look patchy. If you want to maintain the aesthetic appeal and ensure your driveway matches the colour scheme of your home, newer surfaces such as resin bound gravel have better properties to retain their colour for longer, guarantee a good finish, and are more resilient to harsh weather conditions. Find out more about resin bound driveways and the colourways we have available.
6. Your driveway has past it’s life span
No driveway surface is going to last forever, long-lasting materials like asphalt or concrete will have a lifespan of 15-30 years. Concrete driveways can withstand harsh weathers and constant use but even these materials will reach the end of their life eventually and need replacing.
If your concrete driveway has started to crumble at the edges, weeds are growing through cracks, showing signs of warping, or you think it’s past it’s peak, you may want to consider resurfacing your driveway to restore it back to its former glory.
Get a Quote Today for Your Driveway from Axtell Surfacing
If you’re noticing any of these signs, it’s probably best to consider a new driveway. With over 20 years’ experience in resurfacing driveways in Guildford, Farnham and across Surrey, our experts can assist and advise on the best option for your driveway to fit within your budget to achieve your desired outcome. For new or resurfacing projects, start a conversation with Axtell Surfacing and Get in touch today.