If your poured concrete or asphalt driveway is starting to show its age, it may be time to consider a replacement surface. If you’re noticing any of these symptoms, consider getting in touch with a Unilock Authorized Contractor and having your driveway replaced or enhanced with durable and attractive Unilock pavers.
Spider Web Cracks
This is an indication the top layer of the driveway is failing, because of either an inferior asphalt installation or an excessive use of sealers. Repairs to asphalt remain visible unless the entire surface is replaced. Consider opting for a Unilock concrete paver replacement. The flexibility of concrete pavers, as well as their innate strength and durability ensures that your new paved driveway will remain in excellent condition for decades to come. Because pavers are given room to expand and contract, they are less prone to cracking and although damaged pavers are rare, individual pavers can be lifted and replaced with ease, leaving no signs of repair behind.
Crumbling edges may be an indication that the asphalt of your driveway is too thin or unevenly spread toward the edges. The asphalt laid down may also have extended beyond the edges of the aggregate base. In either case, the asphalt can break into chunks when vehicles drive over it. One excellent remedy to this is to install a paver border. Consider Copthorne pavers which are ideal for this, possessing the look of traditional, timeworn brick. The colors options of Burgundy Red, Old Oak and Burnt Clay are perfect complements to the dark surface of asphalt. As well as reinforcing the edges of your driveway, these pavers will also complement your driveway, giving it a fresh, bold new look.
Linear cracks are a sure sign you need to act now by seeking the services of a driveway contractor. As a driveway ages and the weather takes its toll, hairline cracks are a common appearance. These cracks continue spreading, widening, and deepening, which leads to bigger problems down the road. Water and dirt work their way into the cracks. When the water freezes and expands, it causes the cracks to grow. Simply having an overlay added on top won’t solve the problem as the cracks will eventually work their way through the top layer. If cracks are limited to the driveway entrance which can be more susceptible to this sort of damage, consider adding a Unilock paver driveway apron to reinforce the area. Courtstone pavers are ideal for this, and will give your driveway a touch of old-European elegance.
Wavy Asphalt or Buckling
This is a sure sign that either the ground is loose or the load exerted on the drive is too heavy. In either case a replacement of Unilock pavers is a surefire solution. If your driveway is regularly subject to heavy vehicle weight, the installation of a Unilock DriveGrid prior to the laying of new pavers can help guard against subsequent shifting of the aggregate.
This is a sure sign that your asphalt is getting old, caused by wear and time from rain, sun, and vehicle traffic over time. This causes asphalt to lose its jet-black appearance and turn gray. Consider an EnduraColor replacement from Unilock. Pavers equipped with this technology, such as Richcliff, maintain their color and provide a better return on investment.