Repair or Replace?

When it comes to an aging walkway, driveway, or parking lot homeowners and business owners face the same dilemma. Should they repair or replace aging hardscape elements? Making repairs can extend the life of the existing installation but may not be able to correct the defect. In this case, it’s just putting off the inevitable. Eventually, when the installation can no longer be repaired to a safe condition, then it will be time to replace. Going for repairs gives time to save up enough capital to plan and execute a new installation.

Thinking about Replacements

For instance, let’s talk about replacing a driveway. Replacing a driveway can be a lengthy process and somewhat disruptive. First, the old installation must be removed – a process that involves jackhammers, heavy equipment, and dumpsters. Then the area must be graded and leveled before a foundation can be built. Once the foundation is in, concrete slabs with room left for a driveway expansion joint are then poured and left to set for 24 to 48 hours. Setting time is not the curing time, though typically a concrete installation is 70% cured by the first week and fully cured after 28 days. This is true even when it rains, as long as the rain does not damage the pour and the slab is untouched by – say – hail or flooding.

The Best for the Money

It is possible to DIY a replacement. However, a job as big as a new driveway and driveway expansion joint takes a lot of time and labor. This time and labor expense are in addition to renting equipment that most homeowners are not familiar with using. Working with local professionals familiar with concrete and the type of driveway you need is a better way to ensure a quality job.

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