If you’re like most homeowners, the driveway is something you use every single day. There’s also an important aesthetic element to it. If the driveway is smooth and even, your home appears complete and more attractive than it would otherwise be.

If your previous contractor did not correctly install your driveway, or if you attempted to do it yourself and failed to get great results, you may be asking yourself a simple question: can I replace it? If your driveway was not properly and correctly installed the last time around, here are some problems that you may be currently experiencing and why.

Base layers

A strong base (include the base and sub-base layers) is critical for giving your driveway the correct angle to prevent standing water. The weight of the water on asphalt will wear away a weak base, and eventually cause all kinds of structure problems. Even the weight of a car on a driveway with a poorly installed base can be a problem. If you think your driveway may have serious problems “beneath the hood,” you should probably contact a reputable asphalt specialist to assess the situation.

Cracks and potholes

Preparing the foundation and base is vital in preventing cracks and potholes from appearing before their time. If the driveway specialist fails to dig deep enough or (again) install the base and sub-base layers correctly, you will start to see problems like these arise quickly. Cracks and potholes can also form as a result of less serious problems, however, and repairs can be both long-lasting and highly affordable.

Resurfacing

This may be a simple solution, but if cracks are a problem in your new driveway, resurfacing may be the only thing needed to reinforce it. Keep in mind, however, that this is only a viable solution if the foundation has been probably installed.

Slabjacking

The erosion of the soil beneath the foundation of the driveway is a common problem that happens. In terms of surface evidence, you’ll often see spots on the driveway that appear to be depressed and/or sinking. In order to fix this common problem, sand and cement can sometimes be injected underneath the slab, bringing it to the height it was supposed to be originally. Problem areas can also be milled and patched in some cases.

Complete replacement

In the cases where the base is not in proper working order, a complete replacement may be the only solution. As disheartening as this may be, especially if your driveway isn’t as old as it should be, milling your driveway and starting over might still be more affordable and sensible than throwing money at repairs indefinitely into the future.

As opposed to a poorly installed driveway, high quality driveways boast a lifespan of 20 years or more. A professional contractor will be able to repair your faulty driveway in a way that ensures that the investment that is your home retains its full value. Hiring a professional with experience and expertise is of utmost importance when looking for the one whom you’ll choose to perform this task, especially if your last attempt did not go according to plan.