Odds are, you probably don’t think too much about your driveway day-to-day, unless there’s a cleary noticeable problem. If you look down and see serious wear-and-tear, water puddles, cracks, or even potholes, you’re most likely wondering when they got there and how to fix them.
Your driveway, whether it’s made from asphalt, concrete, or paver, can become damaged from multiple different offenders. Motor oil, gasoline, and the sheer weight of a vehicle will gradually wear down the pavement. Driveways located within the Midwest and other cold regions of the United States really have their odds stacked against them with the amount of de-icing products, freezing temperatures, and freeze-thaw weather cycles during winter that pollute their pavement every year.
The longevity of your driveway depends on how you maintain it and the climate of where you are, but it mostly depends on the material that it was constructed with. Asphalt driveways can be expected to last between 15-20 years, and that will be extended exponentially if with proper monitoring and upkeep. Concrete driveways can be expected to last about 25 years. If you practice regular proper and preventative maintenance, you most likely won’t experience any detrimental issues for decades to come.
This is a telltale sign of an uneven or sloped driveway with drainage issues. Drainage issues on a driveway is a serious problem and are detrimental to the condition of the pavement. This is seen on driveways that weren’t installed by a professional who takes slope, pitch, and drainage structure methods into consideration. Repairs such as adding curbs, culverts, or inlets are a viable option to better direct the water away from your driveway. But, you may just need to replace the whole driveway to repair the damage that has already occurred, before adding these preventative drainage features.