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Signs It’s Time to Repave Your Driveway

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Are you looking to boost the curb appeal of your home without shelling out thousands of dollars?

One of the most commonly overlooked parts of curb appeal is the appearance of a driveway. Not many homeowners think about investing in residential paving to spruce up the curb appeal of their home. However, if your driveway is cracked, has potholes, or has drainage issues, replacing your driveway may do much more than boosting your home’s curb appeal.

Are you interested in learning about the signs that you need to replace your driveway? Keep reading to learn more!


One of the most common signs that homeowners will notice when the driveway needs to be replaced is multiple potholes in their driveway.

Potholes will develop on their driveway due to expansion and contractions of the ground underneath the asphalt. As a result, the asphalt will become weakened and eventually crack.

Seeing one pothole is a sign that your driveway will need to be repaired soon. However, seeing multiple potholes means that your driveway's surface isn't able to support the weight of your vehicles. If you find multiple potholes in your driveway, you need to repair your driveway immediately.


Have you noticed that your driveway has a lot of cracks on the surface? This is one of the easiest ways to tell that your driveway needs to be repaired.

The reason why driveways develop cracks in them is because of the fluctuation of temperature n the asphalt. During colder weather, asphalt will begin to contract. As the weather warms up, the asphalt will begin to expand, which is when cracks begin to develop on the surface of the asphalt.

While minor cracks aren't anything to worry about, you should get your driveway replaced if you've noticed that cracks cover most of the surface of your driveway. If left for too long, these major cracks can cause problems with your driveway's structural integrity.

Water Pooling

Asphalt is a very porous material. That means that when the asphalt is used to install a driveway, it can easily filter water right down to the ground underneath the driveway.

If you've noticed that there's been an increasing amount of water rolling down your driveway, it means the surface of your asphalt driveway is beginning to fail. When this is left too long, it can create drainage issues. This can result in you having damage to your property if you don't get your driveway immediately fixed.

Age of the Driveway

On average, an asphalt driveway can last up to 20 years. However, a driveway will only survive that long if it's been properly maintained. An additional seal coating on the asphalt needs to be placed on the driveway every three years.

If there isn't any additional sealant that's placed on the driveway every three years, there's an increased chance of the driveway cracking.

Understanding How to Hire Residential Paving Services

Have these above-listed signs pointed you in the direction of having your driveway repaved? Hiring residential paving services will take the stress of repaving a driveway off of your shoulders.

If you've discovered that you need residential paving services, the team of professionals at Alvi Paving in Ottawa are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!



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