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Does Your Concrete Driveway Need to be Repaired?

del prete masonry concrete driveway

A concrete driveway is a part of the house we desire never to replace.

You love your house, but your worn-out concrete driveway will ruin its curb appeal. A driveway is a part of the house we desire never to replace. Unfortunately, your driveway cannot survive the environmental elements forever. Here is a list of signs to analyze if your driveway needs to be repaired or not.  

Watch Out for Cracks

Cracks are the most common indications that your concrete driveway will eventually need repairs. Cracks are prevalent on concrete driveways. Frequently, oil, gas, and dust penetration worsen these cracks. Their corrosive properties make the driveway visually unappealing by stretching the concrete. In addition, the cracks will enlarge because of freeze and thaw. It’s better to repair the cracks as soon as you see them developing. Otherwise, you will have to repour the whole driveway.

The Age of Your Driveway

Furthermore, driveways have a lifespan regardless of their durability. Most driveways will last between 15 and 20 years before they quickly deteriorate. An old concrete driveway will experience all kinds of disintegration problems simultaneously. This means that cracks produce potholes, rough appearances, and poor drainage. Moreover, potholes and cracks are unavoidable after years of exposure to chemicals, weather, and human activities. At this point, the only key is to replace the entire driveway.

Development of Potholes

Additionally, there is no chance of fixing a pothole on your concrete driveway. You will need to repair the surface and underlying base layer once a pothole has developed. Daily driving on a pothole can damage your car tires and suspension over time. How do potholes form? Potholes form due to a shift or weak base below in the ground. The loose surface weakens due to the elements. Although several minor potholes are fixable, this solution is not permanent. The best solution is to renovate the entire driveway.   

Poor Drainage Problems

Lastly, the last problem you would expect when the driveway is at its peak is having poor drainage. You should call a professional when your drainage issues start to form before it worsens your driveway. A driveway with a shabby slope or unevenness will produce a pool of water on your property. However, there are ways to solve poor drainage in your home. For example, you can install drainage channels to guide the water away from your driveway.


Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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