Driveways are a prominent feature of your property, but a worn or damaged one will drastically bring down your curb appeal. While most driveways can survive for decades, some homeowners may benefit from a full custom driveway replacement if there's is starting to crumble or crack.

If you're noticing any of these 5 issues with your driveway in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Hendersonville, or surrounding areas, it might be time to replace it.

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1. Multiple deep cracks

Deep cracks in a home driveway in Lebanon, TN.

Cracks are all too common in driveways and sidewalks. While minor cracks can be repaired, larger and deeper ones mean you'll need a brand-new driveway. Gasoline, de-icing salt, water, and other substances seep in between the cracks and cause further damage to your driveway. For places with freezing temperatures during the winter, water left in the cracks will freeze and expand, potentially deepening the cracks even more.


2. Potholes

A large, gaping hole in your driveway is almost impossible not to notice. Going over a pothole can affect your car alignment, puncture or tear your tires, and damage a tire's sidewall and belts.

Potholes form when the ground underneath expands and contracts, which weakens the driveway material on top. Bits and pieces eventually start to crack and crumble away to create a pothole. Minor potholes can be filled, but it doesn't totally solve the problem and it will open back up once the ground expands and contracts again.

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3. Drainage Issues

Uneven or sloped driveways cause drainage issues that can weaken your driveway and increase the formation of cracks and potholes. Water running down the middle or pooling in certain spots are signs of sunken areas in your driveway. Installing curbing or inlets will help with some of the water flow, but replacing the driveway may still be required to fix existing damage.


4. Lack of Resealing

Cracked asphalt driveway without proper resealing treatments at a home in Hendersonville, TN.

A lack of regular driveway maintenance can be another reason you'll have to replace your driveway sooner than you'd like. Asphalt and concrete driveways need a resealing application every 2 to 3 years to prevent the material from cracking or breaking off, especially around the edges. If you've neglected to reseal your driveway for several years, the damage may be beyond repair.


5. Advanced age

Sometimes the reason for a driveway replacement is that your current one is too old. The average lifespan for an asphalt driveway is 10-20 years, while a concrete one may last 30 years.

UV rays, exposure to harsh weather, and constant wheel and foot traffic all contribute to an aging driveway and make it more prone to cracks and potholes. Installing a new driveway is the most beneficial option to resolve all these issues rather than wasting money on minor repairs and patchwork.

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Replace your cracked and damaged driveway with a custom one installed by Master's Landscape Design!

Installing a custom-designed driveway is the best way to replace your existing cracked and damaged one! At Master's Landscape Design we specialize in custom driveway installations using the highest-quality materials that complement the rest of your landscape design.

Choose from materials of all different sizes and colors, including brick pavers, cobblestone, granite pavers, and more! Call today at (615) 288-2052 to learn more about our custom driveway installation for properties in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Hendersonville, and nearby areas in Tennessee.

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