The paved surface of your driveway withstands a great deal of abuse, including various weather conditions, chemical exposure from leaking vehicles, and the general wear and tear associated with being driven on. Over time, this can take quite a toll on your paving material, causing the structure of your driveway to crumble and fall apart, eventually creating an uneven and undrivable surface that is both an eyesore and a safety hazard for the front of your home. Understanding the warning signs associated with a driveway that is in need of resurfacing can allow you to fix the problem early, while it is relatively easier and less expensive to fix.
Cracks and Potholes
The most obvious sign that you should consider repaving your driveway is if there are actual physical signs of damage on the surface of your driveway. Spiderweb cracks, large crevasses, and potholes all point to a deteriorating surface that will quickly grow worse as water is able to get into the cracks. This is compounded if you live in an area that has wildly different winter and summer temperatures, as temperature fluctuation can cause the paving material of your driveway to expand and contract over the course of the year.
Though it may seem like a minor and superficial annoyance, you should pay attention to the coloring of your driveway. This fading of color is caused by excessive weather and UV exposure, and represents the aging of your paving material. The more faded your paved surface has become, the more brittle it is. Severely faded paved surfaces are likely just a short period away from crumbling or otherwise becoming structurally compromised.
Any signs of water pooling or puddling on your driveway, especially for prolonged periods of time, points to a serious issue with your driveway's structure. These drainage issues are caused by the buckling and shifting of your driveway's surface, causing flat spots to develop that can hold water. This means that the structure of your driveway itself has already begun to break down, and is usually a precursor to cracks and other forms of physical damage manifesting themselves. In addition, water that is allowed to sit on the paved surface of your driveway can eat away at the paving material and any protective sealants that are applied to it, further increasing the risk of damage developing. Repaving and fixing the structure of your driveway can thus help prevent further damage from occurring.
Talk to a residential paving service for more help.