Is It Time for New Residential Driveway Paving in Washington?

February 15, 2017 11:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Homeowners everywhere run into all sorts of household issues. The roofing needs replacing, the HVAC system is on the fritz, you have a pest infestation in your attic—these are just some of the bigger things a homeowner may have to deal with from time to time.

Then there’s the driveway. Leading from the street and into your garage, your paved driveway goes through a lot over the years, which is why it’s not surprising to find problems ranging from small cracks to missing chunks of asphalt. Unfortunately, a damaged driveway is not only dangerous and expensive when problems are left unfixed, but it can also ruin the appearance of your property.

If you are unsure whether your driveway needs repairs or replacement, schedule an inspection with a professional paving company. For now, here are a few pretty good indicators that it’s time for new residential driveway paving in Washington.

Cracks all over

It’s not unusual for hairline or thin surface cracks to appear on your paved driveway. But what is unusual is numerous long and wide or deep and dirt-filled cracks all over. There’s more than one reason why cracks form on driveways; age has a lot to do with it. For one, they hold up under a lot of pressure from the weight of vehicles either rolling over to get to the garage or parking right on top. The change in weather is another reason. The hot sun bakes the surface, making it brittle over the years, and rain gets into small cracks and eventually causes them to spread.

Potholes

Nobody likes hitting teeth-clenching potholes in the road, so why would running into potholes on your own driveway make you feel any different? They are irritating to run over every day and a trip hazard when you’re on foot. Another way you can tell you have potholes is finding chunks or crumbled bits of asphalt on or around the driveway. Luckily, you have options to get rid of potholes.

The first thing you want to do is find out whether the holes can be filled or are otherwise able to be repaired. If they are, just know there’s a chance the filler asphalt may not be even with the original driveway surface and patches could appear darker in color. Filling the holes is more of a temporary fix; seek a complete re-paving for a driveway that has too many problems.

Weather damage

Mother Nature has no mercy—especially when it comes to outdoor property elements, like uncovered driveways. The blazing sun will cause asphalt surfaces to fade, and heavy rains can get under driveway pavement through cracks. During winter, you might sprinkle salt to stave off slippery ice or use a shovel to remove built up snow. Both actions can leave cosmetic damage, like scrapes, discoloration and gouges, or add to already existing damage.

If you need a company for driveway paving in Washington, look no further than the professional team at Jimini Paving. Give us a call to schedule a repair or re-paving appointment today!

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