Repairing a driveway can be a big job and may seem like an intimidating venture. Fixing it will depend on a variety of factors, some not even limited to the repair itself. Consider what option works best for you and talk to a professional if you need more information.
Size of the Driveway
The length and width of your driveway largely affects the cost of repair. If you have extensive damage to the entire driveway, you will need to have it repaved. Repaving will cost more because of materials and labor. If only smaller spot need repair, then you will pay less to fill in the cracks or repave a portion.
If your driveway is one flat expanse of asphalt, repair is simple. If your driveway is long, curving or hilly, then repair will be more expensive. Depending on the difficulty involved, a professional may charge more. You will also have additional costs if you need to repair damages to your lawn and gardens surrounding the pavement.
Extent of Damage
If you have a few small cracks or need some patchwork, then driveway repair prices will be lower than if you have damage to a more extensive area. However, larger cracks let moisture in. This can be a bigger problem for the whole driveway if not repaired properly. If you live in a colder climate, any moisture damage could lead to bigger cracks. It's a good rule of thumb that if more than 25 percent of your driveway needs to be repaired or patched, repaving is a better idea.
Sealing the Driveway
Sometimes your driveway just needs to be resealed. This can rejuvenate the look of your driveway and help protect it for more years. If you have a cement or asphalt driveway, resealing can repair small cracks and chips by itself.
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