Concrete is an excellent material for driveways. It is strong, inexpensive to produce, and relatively eco-friendly in that it can be reused and recycled. However, as great as it is, it is not perfect. It will require regular upkeep, albeit infrequently. The more attention it gets, the longer life it will have without needing to be jacked up and replaced. Let’s face it. We all want to help avoid that scenario for you as it comes with a huge price tag in both time and resources.
Given the minimum of regular maintenance, your concrete driveway can last 20 plus years easily. Depending on the conditions when the concrete was poured and how well it was installed, you may notice signs that it needs a little TLC within the first few years of new asphalt or concrete going in. Cracks, bumps, holes, and an un-leveling of areas of the concrete will all be warning signs that your concrete has shifted due to repeated exposure to water and freezing temperatures. Once large holes and alligator cracking start taking over, the kind of work you need to repair it becomes more complicated, invasive, and time-consuming.