Is it time to redo my driveway?
Your driveway is the first thing people see when they pull up to your house, so keeping it in good condition is important! Constant changes in weather and temperature, combined with the movement of tonnes of metal back and forth across it as you move your car, means your driveway surface is under a lot more pressure than most people think about. Keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs that your driveway needs a revamp…
Lived in your family home for years, and never touched the drive? Standard asphalt drives only really last 12-20 years and should be resealed every 3-5 years to prevent damage. Most people don’t give their drives the maintenance they deserve and not only can that cause issues further down the line, you’re likely to be able to see years’ worth of oil leaks, chewing gum and other stains that just won’t shift. Blemishes on the surface can also be caused by age itself, as corrosion and light damage take their toll.
Cracks can range from tiny, barely noticeable, spider-web style patterns (known as ‘alligatoring’), through to what can seem like canyons, causing unsightly gaps and even damaging your car’s suspension! Although it may not seem like it, even the smallest of cracks can lead to further problems; rain can easily permeate through and settle underneath. Come winter, cracks can be enlarged as water in the gaps expands while freezing.
Depressions & Ruts
Depressions are areas in the drive which sit slightly lower than the rest of the surface. They are most easily spotted when it’s been raining and small ‘ponds’ appear, or when driving onto your driveway your car is bounced around as you go over them. These are also known as divots and ruts, and are often overlooked as they are not particularly unsightly. They can be cause by poor drainage and should not be ignored as repairs can be simple and cheap if caught quickly. If not, they can get worse fast…
When cracks and divots go untreated they can easily become potholes. When they spread and interconnect, the small chunks between the cracks begin to dislodge. The remaining hole can continue to grow and, if not treated, is not only dangerous to cars, but to anyone walking on your driveway. It also allows more water and rubbish to seep into the lower layers of your driveway. Getting potholes repaired to a high standard can be expensive, and it doesn’t guarantee they won’t return.
Oil Spots & Other Stains
Oil spots are common on driveways, even if you don’t do your own car repairs. If not caught and cleaned quickly they can stain your drive for years to come! Not only are they ugly, but chemical spills can damage your drive’s surface, speeding up the deterioration process and leading to depressions and cracks. Spots need to be correctly treated before sealant or repair works take place on the area, as the chemicals can react badly with each other.
Weeds, Trees and Grass
Weeds and grass can easily become a problem in your driveway, hiding in tiny nooks and crannies and being a pain to remove properly! You’ll often find them near the edge of the surface, particularly near hedges, lawns, and flower beds. Although simple to remove with a quick weed treatment, they can be a sign your driveway surface is beginning to deteriorate.
On the other end of the scale, tree roots can cause huge problems and be very expensive to repair. They can cause cracks when growing, block drainage routes and even lifting entire sections of your drive! If you think a tree root is affecting your drive then get it looked at sooner rather than later.
To sum it up…
Small cracks can be filled with a filler from your local home improvement store, and even potholes and tree damage can often be fixed by a professional if they haven’t developed too badly. However, even the best repairs are often still visible, and once damage has started it’s unlikely to stop!
If you’re considering replacing your driveway, think about Rezin. Resin bound gravel drives have high kerb appeal and are incredibly low maintenance, with no loose stone and no need for planning permission. They have a permeable surface so that water can drain through without causing divots or puddles. It won’t yellow in the sunlight, and a wide variety of colours mean you can get the right look for you, even getting creative with designs and patterns.
Finally, a 15-year quibble-free guarantee means that you won’t have to worry about any of these issues again!
To get a free quote for a gorgeous new resin bound gravel driveway just fill in our contact form, e-mail us at email@example.com, or give us a call on 01234 889725!