There are multiple options when considering driveway repair, and many factors come into play with this decision. You may have to choose between patching, replacing, your residential road. The expenses of entirely replacing a driveway are what lead most homeowners to do repairs rather than replace their driveway entirely. Choosing to patch up cracks, potholes, and damaged bricks is still a good option when under a tight budget. However, if the damage is immense, you may opt for repairing for the short term and replacing it for the long run.
Remember that the base of the driveway protects it from immeasurable forces that damage it. However, sometimes with age, even a well-laid base is not enough to protect your driveway from this harm. The changes in weather, especially thawing of the ground in winter causes it to crack from below while the weights from above cause even more damage over time.
The driveway ages over time and depending on what it’s made of, be ready to replace it when its time clocks in. Asphalt driveways should last no longer than 20 years while concrete and paver driveways need to be replaced after 25 years. If you feel the time has come, contact us for the appropriate contracting job. Whatever the case, repairs are always just stalling the inevitable since the weather changes ensure the validity of your driveway fades over time.
Cracks smaller than a quarter-inch will only call attention to you to use a crack filler while those larger than that signify more damage. Potholes are harder to fill as the surface may become uneven ad if they aren't well plugged up, may let water seep in. Thus, temporary solutions only worsen the situation, in the long run. Patching up rather than replacing beat down concrete and asphalt driveways only cause it to lose the beautiful aesthetic it once possessed.
Sometimes factors other than damage and age may come into play whenever you decide to replace the driveway. A great example would be whenever you are putting your home up for sale and need to use the driveway as a selling point. The general outlook of a home is completed by the driveway and will attract more buyers and investors. In this case, patching the driveway will be considered cheap and reckless on your part as the seller. Consider replacing the driveway as a worthy investment that assures the homeowners of the home’s elegance.
This is a process that we find forms an excellent middle ground for homeowners who find it difficult to choose between replacing and patching. It assures you of a long term solution, unlike patching that may not last very long. Whenever the base is considerably still solid, but the surface is full of potholes and cracks, then the top layer is replaced. Which means that the entire pavement is replaced and therefore falls at half price for the services rendered.
Protecting yourself from scams involving asphalt paving and driveway repair.
As a reputable paving company, we envision only the most exceptional service and professional courtesy to our clients. However, the world is not full of people with the same vision, and that may endanger you. Some contractors are scammers and may work for higher prices while ripping you off. Since driveway repair isn't a tasking job like any other paving job, scammers may take this leeway as an opportunity to defraud clients. Without a proper background check, you may entrap yourself with a contract that leaves you frustrated in the end.
Some contractors are family-based businesses, and they may either be trustworthy or fraudulent. Consider asking about their history and the references from neighbors and friends or customer reviews online. Ensure paving companies are listed as a local legal business with the appropriate licenses and valid insurance policies. Always ask for the project manager ad ensure they put the one-time contract in writing with the relevant receipts before they begin their construction job.
By experience only, contract jobs require estimates to be done before beginning on repair, replacements, or even applying sealers. This means we account for every bag of cement, can of sealer and etcetera, which eventually means we have little t no leftovers. Therefore, consider it a red flag when contractors agree to cut down on prices because they can use ‘leftover’ materials from a previous job.
And lastly, have a record of payment that may incriminate the contractors in case of fraud. The best way to do this is to pay via credit card for professional reasons. Fraudulent contractors may object to a paper trace of the contractors, and this should be a warning sign. If you happen to fall, victim, report the contractors to the local police and hope that no one else may be defrauded.