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Should I Repair or Replace My Driveway?

Driveway Being Installed at a Weston RentalOwning a paved driveway is one of the best ways to improve a Weston rental property’s curb appeal. But on the other hand, if your rental’s paved driveway is showing signs of wear, you may be deciding whether it’s time for a repair or even a full replacement. Even though every case is different, by learning about your driveway options and some of the pros and cons of each, you can more confidently decide what to do in due time.

Determine Wear and Tear vs. Damage

First, it’s vital to identify why your driveway looks a bit worse for wear. Is the surface starting to crack, stain, or develop potholes? Or has natural erosion done a real number on your rental’s driveway surface? Something as minor as a water pipe leak in the yard could erode the soil under a driveway, which leads to breaks, holes – and a major eyesore. Largely depending on how damaged your driveway is, you may be able to resurface it, or, in more severe cases, it might be time to replace the whole thing completely.

Options for Replacement

One of the more budget-friendly driveway materials is asphalt. However, asphalt also doesn’t last as long as concrete and can start exhibiting serious wear after just a few years. If you catch the damage early, it’s commonly on the surface. In this case, you may be able to add another layer to your existing driveway to regain its functionality and appearance. But on the flip side, if the issues are deep or affect the soil beneath the driveway, you may have to re-do the entire thing.

Spring or early fall is the appropriate time to rectify or replace an asphalt driveway. Outside temperatures play an important role in the quality of the asphalt as it is laid down, so it is relevant to select a time when extreme temperatures won’t be a hindrance. Furthermore, make sure to decide and hire a professional paving company with quality guarantees. A mishandled asphalt job can mess up your property values instead of increasing them!

The primary costs are generally higher, but on the other hand, concrete driveways frequently last longer. Concrete will still depict evidence of wear and tear over time, and you need to make a decision when the time is right to address troubles that have multiplied. One of the primary problems with concrete is cracking and flaking. As soon as visible cracks form, it’s an indication that the surface integrity is failing. Repairing the surface may be the right (although temporary) option for small cracks. You can even refinish the entire surface to restore a concrete driveway’s solid appearance.

Although, if you have drainage dilemmas, issues, or cracks wider than a quarter-inch, a patch job won’t work. Water will continue to seep under the concrete, freezing, thawing, and wreaking havoc on your driveway’s foundation. If you observe wide cracks, uneven surfaces, pooling water, or other concerns, it’s possibly time to replace all or part of the driveway.

Obligation for Landlords

One final matter, landlord-tenant laws in most places state that it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the property in a habitable condition. If your rental’s driveway is so damaged that it is unsafe to walk or drive on, it’s time to replace it. Holes and cracks can fill with ice and turn out safety hazards for your tenants, while potholes can damage their vehicles (and yours!).

Along with the rest of the property, it’s essential to thoroughly monitor the condition of your rental property’s driveway, listen to tenant concerns, and take necessary steps. It’s not worth the legal and financial risks to let unsafe conditions go neglected.

 

Knowing when to repair or replace a rental’s driveway can be tough. But the good news is that you don’t have to make important decisions like these on your own. Alternatively, look into giving our Weston property managers a call. We can definitely help you budget for larger repairs and renovations your property needs and even manage the project itself. To learn more, contact us online.

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