How Long Can A Concrete Driveway Extension Last?

We’ve all seen driveways that have been freshly paved and it seems like they will last for years. But, how long can a concrete driveway extension really last? This article explores the life expectancy of a new concrete driveway and what it takes to keep an existing one in good shape. So read more!

When it comes to the lifespan of a new driveway, there are many factors that make a difference.

  • The type and quantity of cement, aggregate used in the concrete mixture, and whether or not proper curing procedures have been followed all play an important role in how long your drive will last before needing work. Concrete has natural cracks which form after time due to this process called shrinkage; these can be repaired with cold patch repairs if they become too large for sealers or overlays to cover up.
  • The weather conditions in your area also affect the life expectancy on asphalt as well as concrete driveways because water erodes materials slowly over time creating cracks within both types of paving material. In terms of sealing coatings, oil sealcoat is a type of sealant that is designed to provide protection against both water and UV rays.
  • Your driveway may also need resealing depending on the material it was made out of, even if you have just sealed your surface with an oil-based sealer. Sealants can add years to the lifespan but they will eventually wear off due to extreme weather conditions like heavy rain or snowfall which cause them to break down over time. Salt used in icy conditions will also eat away at any protective coating until it no longer prevents moisture from coming through–this means salt shouldn’t be tracked onto driveways after use! It’s best not to wait too long before performing another sealing coat because repeated exposure could lead to potholes and cracks.

Tips on how to keep driveway extension last longer:

  • Clean the drive with a power washer, followed by soap and water. Rinse thoroughly to get rid of any lingering residue
  • Use only cleaners specifically designed for concrete
  • Replace cracked or missing surface tiles as soon as they are noticed –they need to be replaced before the cracks become too deep so that moisture won’t slip in between them and compromise the structural integrity of your driveway extension

Outdoor Service Tips: It’s best not to wait too long before performing another sealing coat because repeated exposure could lead to potholes and cracks. If you are looking for an affordable option, a quick-fix is adding stone chips or gravel on top of the sealant–just make sure it can’t be tracked into your driveway! Conscientiousness about salt also goes a long way towards preventing potential damage from icy conditions. The best defense against any problems with concrete driveways is prevention which means directing water away from that area by installing gutters or drainage pipe systems around your home if there isn’t already one in place. This will help keep the moisture level down so no more than what was applied during application stays behind as it cures.

Concrete driveways are a great investment because they can last for decades. However, as with any concrete structure there is an expiration date and you want to make sure to get the most out of it before it needs replacement. If you’re not sure how long your driveway will be good for or if you have questions about the condition of your current installation, give us a call! We would love to help answer any questions that may come up in regards to this topic.

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Spaulding Concrete has been the SF Bay Area’s top concrete contractor for Driveway Additions & Extensions for over 30 years.  The qualified concrete experts at Spaulding Concrete will be on schedule, on budget and meet or exceed standards by careful planning, professional execution, and strict quality control. To schedule your free quote, contact us today! We are proud to serve Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood and the surrounding areas.