How do you know whether your driveway simply needs to be repaired or to be replaced? To help you with that, this blog post aims to discuss with you the major indicators that your asphalt driveway requires professional maintenance from to improve its appearance and functionality. 

Replacing vs. Repairing Driveway 

A lot of property owners tend to delay the need to replace a whole driveway because it can be very costly. In other cases, having your existing asphalt driveway may be enough. However, for some, it’s necessary to start fresh. Listed below are some of the things that you should factor in as you decide whether you should have your driveway repaired and replaced: 

Current material used 

If you’re still unsure whether you should have your driveway either replaced or simply repaired, one more variable that you have to think about its current material. Other surfaces can be repaired easily compared to others. For instance, natural cobblestones may just need you to put some of the cracked pavers. On the contrary, concrete should be re-surfaced or resealed to disguise the patchwork. 


A lot of driveway surfaces are not intended to endure under severe pressures for a lifetime. Usually, you will have to change a concrete driveway after 25 yrs. and an asphalt driveway after 20 yrs. Remember that repairing a driveway that’s yet to pass its age limit is not a good investment to do. Instead, it would be best if you have it entirely replaced. 


When you can see apparent cracks on your driveway, consider that as an indicator that its surface is wearing out and requires some TLC and repairs to prevent more expensive and more significant problems from happening. Basically, once the cracks are less than ¼-inch wide, you can still resolve them by calling the asphalt experts and get the surface fixed. Then you may have to refinish or reseal the whole surface to make sure that the driveway has a uniform look.  

For cracks that are bigger than ¼-inch wide, it is easier to repair them. Huge cracks are an indicator of particular problems since they enable water to penetrate within, even after doing a patch job. This is especially a problem if you’re living in a place where it’s exposed to freezing, cold temperatures since further damage is due to the freezing and thawing of the water beneath the surface. In this instance, having your driveway totally replaced would be highly suggested.  

Drainage problems 

A properly designed driveway with a good condition surface will not be much impacted by water. But if you can observe that rainwater pools in spots or runs down the middle of your driveway, you’re probably having problems with your drainage.  

Based on the current driveway material you used, you’ll be able to resolve your drainage problems without needing to entirely change the driveway. You can do so by replacing drainage piping, adding curbing, strip drains, and even more.