4 Signs It Is Time to Call Your Melbourne Driveway Experts

Even with a well-designed and tidy home, a scruffy, damaged, and poorly maintained driveway can instantly impact the overall impression of your property. Daily wear and tear, accidental oil leaks, and exposures to the turbulent weather conditions in Melbourne are amongst the many reasons your driveway can degrade over time. How can you tell when sufficient degradation warrants a call to your Melbourne driveway experts? Fortunately, there are plenty of signs that help indicate the need for a driveway repair or replacement. 

1.     Your driveway is cracking

Much footpaths or any other concrete ground structure, it is not unusual to find cracks in your driveway. In Melbourne, the most common reason for cracks to appear is temperature changes. The scorching heat during the day can result in expansions and chilly nights, contractions. With sufficient expansions and contractions, small cracks will form and can enlarge over time. Tree roots growing underneath driveways can also result in movements to a driveway’s foundation, making it less stable and hence, more susceptible to cracking. This is especially enhanced if you have heavy vehicles driving up and down your driveway. 

If acted on quickly enough, small cracks can be easily repaired. However, it is important to note that small fixes can appear darker than the surrounding pavement. With numerous cracks to fix, this can become obvious and an eye sore. If you begin to accumulate multiple cracks, the better fix here might be to replace your entire driveway. In addition to replacements, driveway experts also recommend sealing your driveway every few years. By applying driveway sealants, severe cracks, as well as erosions from harsh weather conditions, can be prevented. 

2.     There are visible potholes

Driveway owners tend to neglect small cracks that appear if they are either not large enough to require attention or too pricey for a minor fix. In the long run, however, these small cracks if left unattended can form a pothole. Through expansions and contractions plus erosion from external elements such as water and debris, a small crack can crumble bit by bit to form a large hole. Having potholes is one of the most apparent signs that your driveway needs a complete replacement. Why a complete replacement and not just a quick fix over each hole? Unless the underlying problem of the pothole is dealt with, the chances of potholes reappearing are very high. This is because the stability of your “quick fix” of a pothole will still be dependent on the eroded structure underneath your driveway that resulted in those cracks and potholes in the first place. Thus, it is usually recommended to replace the entire driveway instead of spending money on repairs again and again. The cost of doing the latter can add up over time and cost more than a full replacement. 

3.     You have puddles and mini floods

Imagine stepping out of your car after parking on your driveway, and your nice, dry, and clean pair of shoes lands in a puddle of murky water. If this is happening to you, it is likely time for a new driveway. Well-designed and properly installed driveways should not only serve an aesthetic purpose but also increased safety. If your driveway is pooling and puddling, this can be a safety hazard as it increases the likelihood of slips and trips by making your driveway slippery. If you start seeing rainwater pooling in multiple areas or streaming down the middle of your driveway, you’re likely to have driveway drainage issues that should be addressed as soon as possible. Calling a driveway expert near you to assess the severity of your driveway drainage hazards can help you identify the best way you can repair or replace your driveway. 

4.     Your driveway looks old and tattered 

With sufficient use, most items will look old, faded, and ready for replacement. Driveways are no different. With Melbourne’s infamous four seasons in one day, it is no surprise if your driveway is beginning to look overused and worn out. UV rays from sun exposure, harsh thunderstorms, damaging chemicals from oil leaks and overall driveway usage, can degrade your driveway over time and result in a patchy, unappealing, and weak appearance. Temporary solutions such as sealants and minor repairs can help, but the overall durability and structural integrity cannot be improved. If your driveway looks way past its prime, a whole driveway replacement would be the best solution. 

If your driveway is showing any of these important signs, it is probably a good time for a driveway replacement. At A Better Driveway, we’re confident that we can help with all your driveway needs. Our professional team of driveway experts specialise in various driveway types such as exposed aggregate, textured concrete, and coloured concrete. We also offer a 5-year structural guarantee for your driveway so you can rest assured that you are getting a top-quality installation and replacement. 

Get in touch with us by calling 03 9308 6112 or fill out the contact form on our website so a member of our team can get back to you ASAP.

Common Driveway Questions – Answered

At A Better Driveway Melbourne, we are here to service all your driveway needs. Today we’ll be looking at a few frequently asked questions about driveways and provide some answers. So, you can keep your driveway in top quality condition, whether it is made from exposed aggregate or textured concrete.  

Why do driveways crack?

There are many reasons for cracks to appear in your driveway, the same as they appear on a footpath or any other concrete ground structure. One of the biggest reasons in Melbourne is temperature shifts; while we usually don’t have to deal with freeze-thaw cycles like in the northern hemisphere, the heat of the Australian sun can cause a concrete driveway, like many other materials, to expand. This expansion can lead to small cracks appearing and enlarging over time.

Another common reason is large tree roots growing underneath the driveway, the force of an object moving underground filling up the space can cause driveway cracks. However, if a tree root is removed/ decomposes a similar issue can occur. The dirt underneath can become less compact and drop to fill in the space originally taken up by the tree root, creating a gap between the underside of the driveway and top dirt, making the surface less stable.

If you own a heavy vehicle such as a truck, and it is going to be parked in your driveway often, keep an eye on the condition of the surface. Under the weight of heavy vehicles, driveways may crack, requiring resurfacing or even replacement earlier.  

Why driveway sealing is necessary?

It is recommended to seal your driveway every couple of years to prevent deterioration. Your concrete driveway is exposed to external elements such as water, heat and cold all year round leading to erosion. Driveway sealant prevents severe cracks so that you don’t need to replace large sections of your driveway. The sealant repels water, meaning that during rain, the water will not be absorbed by the concrete and cause it to expand. However, any cracks should be filled before using a driveway sealant.

Which driveway material is best?

There are many factors to consider when deciding which driveway material is best for you – such as price, safety, and aesthetic? How will the driveway integrate with your yard and house? At A Better Driveway, we provide concrete services and installation of exposed aggregate, textured concrete, and coloured concrete surfaces. Get in contact with us and we can help provide consultation over what driveway solution your property needs.

Can you use a driveway sealer on concrete?

Yes, there are brands of driveway sealers that are suitable for concrete driveways. Consider which material your driveway is made from and get a sealant that is appropriate. Different sealants use differing liquid bases etc.

Will driveway sealer kill grass?

Although it is not recommended to use your lawn in a driveway sealer to help your plants grow, a driveway sealer should not kill your lawn if the grass is bordering your driveway. The grass blades where bits of sealer end up may have some discolouration, but this will disappear after the grass is mown a couple of times.

When to replace your driveway?

Most of the time, cracks in your driveway simply need to be filled to prevent further issues. However, if your driveway is covered in large cracks and potholes and is uncomfortable to drive on – it might be time to get it resurfaced or replaced.

At A Better Driveway, we offer a 5-year structural guarantee for your driveway. Sometimes cracks appear in poorly designed driveways far too early due to poor installation practices. Here at A Better Driveway, we guarantee the structural integrity of your driveway under normal use under warranty, so you can rest assured that you are getting a top-quality installation.

If you are considering a replacement or resurfacing of your Melbourne driveway and want guaranteed premium quality and installation, you have found the right place here at A Better Driveway. We specialise in various driveway types such as exposed aggregate, textured or coloured concrete.

Get in contact by calling us on (03) 9308 6112 or fill out our online contact form so a member of our team can get back to you ASAP.