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How to know if your driveway is in need of some TLC

April 16, 2018

 

With summer approaching, there’s no better time than to take a look at the current condition of your driveway. We’ve teamed up with our Surfacing Experts to find out the top 5 steps to determine whether your driveway could do with some TLC.

 

Your kerb is lacking appeal

One of the first things to check when looking at your driveway is whether it’s aesthetically pleasing. If you take a look from the kerb and see what it looks like from there, it’ll give you a real insight into the current condition of your driveway. The things to check for are; is it worn? Does it look shabby? Are there any minor cracks? Has it faded from direct sunlight?

If your driveway has any of the above, it’s time to consider a new one. Remember, your driveway is what people see first, how it looks is detrimental to the overall look of your home.

 

Potholes

Did you know if you have an asphalt driveway, as it ages, potholes may appear as a result of the ground underneath becoming weak from expansion and contraction? Potholes can be dangerous to the driveway user, and can get worse if left untreated. A simple repaving job can help to fix this.

 

Pools of Water

During heavy rain, you’d expect your driveway to collect pools of water, correct? This should not be the case. If you have pools of water on your driveway, this can be a sign of drainage issues that need correcting as soon as possible. As if this problem is left un-resolved, this can cause the problem to grow and cause damage to other parts of your premises, including your property!

 

Plucking & Fretting

If the tarmac on your driveway isn’t in good condition or it’s aged, the edges will start plucking and fretting mean they’re coming away from the surface. There’s a few options you can consider to fix this depending on the condition:
 

  • If your driveway is level and is fretting slightly, you could overlay the driveway with a thinner layer of tarmac which is a more cost-effective option than a dig out

  • If the driveway is level but is in need of a quick refresh, you can paint it to give the driveway a bit of life and looks as good as new

  • If the driveway is originally tarmac but it’s uneven and sinking in places, this would need digging out and new tarmac laying

  • There is also an alternative option of flagging your driveway as opposed to tarmacking

 

 

The Age of The Driveway

Asphalt driveways have a lifespan of between 12 and 25 years, depending how they’re maintained. To maintain your driveway, it’s advised to have a seal coating every 3 years after the initial installation of the driveway. If you have a concrete driveway, these can last around 20 years If properly cared for.
 

Have you found yourself nodding along to any of these signs? If so, please give us a call on 0845 600 8376 and we can provide advice and a free, no obligatory quote based on your driveways condition.

 

We’re a national surfacing specialist provider, and are always happy to help!

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