Cracks – A driveway typically lasts for decades when properly installed, but structural damage may develop over time. It is pretty easy to tell if your driveway is in bad shape. If you have cracks longer than a few inches, or if the surface is starting to sink or buckle, you will need to replace it. Depending on where you live and how old your driveway is, the damage could be the result of temperature fluctuations, tree roots invading the surface, or water damage. Cracks can also form because of shifting soil around the driveway or because of settling over time.
Potholes – They are created when water collects and then freezes in a portion of a driveway. The water expands as it freezes and cracks pavement along the edge of the thaw depth, creating a void that may reach several inches in depth and width. This process repeats itself many times during the winter months until significant deterioration results in the formation of potholes that can cause damage to the steering, suspension system and tires of your vehicle.
Lifespan – The average lifespan of a driveway is around 30 years, but the actual amount of time your driveway stays in good shape depends on a number of factors. If you have one of the newer paver or concrete types, you could get 40 years or more out of a driveway. In contrast, asphalt driveways last about 15 to 20 years. Also, professionally installed materials are much more likely to stay in good condition for the entire lifespan. You can expect qualified paver installers to pay attention to details like drainage and compaction, which can make a big difference in how well a new driveway holds up over time.