Reasons for removing concrete can include demolition, replacing a damaged driveway or walkway, remodeling a patio, repairing a home’s foundation, updating outdoor hardscaping, and other home improvement projects. If you think you’re ready for old concrete to be replaced keep these thoughts in mind:
5 Signs Your Driveway Needs Repairs
- Multiple small cracks that don’t connect: If your driveway is full of cracks that are ¼ inch wide they should be repaired before they spread. Water can be a huge factor in helping the cracks spread due to erosion, the crack can become deeper and wider and can grow into an issue.
- Pothole: One pothole can be easily fixed with patchwork and does not require the whole driveway to be removed, saving your vehicles from damage.
- Sunken areas: Your driveway should be at the same level as your garage floor. Having a sunken drive can cause suspension issues in your car. If the driveway directly outside your garage is sinking lower than your garage floor, repair should be done to make it level again. The small sunken area in driveways can become potholes over time.
- Faded color: The sun naturally bleaches the color of your driveway. This repair is purely ascetic and your driveway should still be safe. A concrete driveway can easily fix the color by patching any cracks and adding a sealant.
- Signs of wear but it’s less than 10 years old: Your driveway should last at least 15 years so if it’s less than 10 years old and is cracking or sagging, make repairs to extend its life.
5 Signs Your Driveway Needs To be Replaced
- Multiple potholes: A large number of potholes that are deep enough to affect the foundation are a good sign your driveway needs replaced. They will gather water and lead to more damage and will be costly to repair individually.
- Alligator or spiderweb cracks: Cracks that are interconnected, look like scales and cover the majority of your driveway are a sign that it’s time to replace your driveway.
- Aged more than 20 years: A concrete driveway that is 20 years old and showing signs of wear should be replaced completely.
- Drainage issues: If your driveway or yard around it isn’t draining properly and is directing water toward your home’s foundation, you need to address this issue quickly to prevent other property damage.
- Multiple areas that require independent repairs: If you have multiple issues that require repairs, that might be when it’s time to replace your driveway instead.
How Long Does a Driveway Last?
The lifespan of a driveway varies based on climate, maintenance, and uses but is primarily determined by the material.
How long does a concrete driveway last?
If installed properly and maintained, a concrete driveway should last about 30 years. Concrete driveways in colder areas may break down sooner but should still last approximately 20 years.
How long does an asphalt driveway last?
Asphalt driveway has a shorter life than concrete, asphalt tends to last between 15 and 20 years. You can extend the life of an asphalt driveway with regular maintenance.
How to prep for driveway replacement?
If you plan to rebuild a new driveway in the same location, the site must be graded and prepared properly. At Concrete Designs FL we include this cost in your driveway demolition quote, but always ask your other contractor to be sure.
The demolition team then returns the site to grade. This means the dirt and layer of gravel are flattened, and the proper slope for water drainage is achieved. Once, those steps are done demolition is complete and your team will begin laying your new concrete driveway.
Concrete is sturdy making it terrific for driveways, walkways, and patios, and also extremely hard to remove without professional help. Concrete Designs FL is equipped with the right tools, trucks, and equipment to remove concrete quickly and safely. Including the Bob-Cat Model T450 which makes the removal of concrete simpler. Owning heavy equipment brings down the overall price for concrete removal.