How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Driveway vs Repairing one?

The bumps on the road in life are something you get used to, maneuvering around unconsciously to avoid any mishaps (hopefully). The same goes for your driveway. The quest to park your car has so many bumps and lifts. It feels like your vehicle tosses and turns in all directions at once. To others, there would be so much suspense and maybe some plot twists along the way, but you know this driveway like a movie, reciting every line without thinking twice.

The trials and tribulations are nothing to you.

It’s not until your friends and family come over that you take a look at the concrete in your driveway. It’s never been a big deal to you, but the tripping hazard caused by your damaged concrete could hurt your mother if she isn’t careful. There’s also the thought they might judge you. 

They might not care about the damaged concrete, but you do. And you’re not sure what to do about it.

Dalinghaus Construction has been in construction for around a decade, not only servicing for foundation repair. We’ve worked on plenty of concrete-related projects, ranging from damaged driveways to cracked patios. We can tell you whether your driveway needs replacing or repairing. And, of course, the pricing of repair vs replacing your driveway. 

Why driveways need repairing

Tree, plant, or shrub roots

Roots are far more powerful than people think. They don’t look intimidating, but they go from looking like Bruce Banner to causing damage like the Incredible Hulk (only less angry). Root systems travel through soils and lift concrete.

Trip hazards

When your driveway experiences differential settlement or you’re experiencing heave, you’re at risk of tripping from the cracks. The cracks will be at different levels, tripping you up when you least expect it. 

You’ll experience heave commonly from roots of trees, plants, or shrubs, though there are other reasons for this phenomenon such as:

  • Clay soils expanding.
  • Concrete spalling
  • Exposed rebar

Driveway repair is cheaper than replacement 

There might be rare circumstances where replacing would be better, but repairing will almost always be cheaper. 

Circumstances where you want to replace your driveway

When your driveway has cracked, settled, or heaved beyond belief.

Heaving will be a major issue, especially with roots. Polyurethane would not be an option to help with the concrete at that point. Your only option would be removal and replacement, in addition to putting in a root barrier to prevent root damage in the future. 

You’ll always have to replace your driveway due to heaving. However, settling doesn’t require a full replacement so long as the driveway isn’t cracked. This is when we use polyurethane to lift and level the driveway.

Concrete spalling, or when flakes of concrete break off the larger solid body, causes pitting in your concrete. Spalling usually occurs on the surface of the concrete. If rebar is exposed, you’ll want your concrete removed and replaced

The rebar is made of steel that rusts when exposed to moisture. The oxidation reaction process causes rust when iron and steel make contact with oxygen and water, causing the metal to expand. The expansion blows out concrete in driveways. We even see blowouts on concrete footings of homes.

Dalinghaus Construction removes and replaces driveways

How we repair driveways

  • Polyurethane to lift and level
  • Removal and replacement of concrete.

Dalinghaus Construction charges around $16-$22 per square foot. 

  • Keep in mind the cost may vary due to:
    • If we’re dealing with rebar or mesh
    • Where the concrete is located
    • The thickness of the concrete
    • Quality of the concrete 

Regular driveway repairs average around $2500

Full removal and replacement average around $6400.

Repairing is the way to go if you’re looking for something cheaper. If you want your driveway to look more pleasant all around, removal and replacement might be something to consider. 

If a panel of concrete is settling, we’re able to do a repair by lifting it back up. So your repair can sometimes look as though your driveway was never damaged.

The repair or replacement process can take several days

The service can take one to three days, regardless of repair or replacement. The timeframe can vary depending on the size and type of project. The more square feet to do a replacement, the longer the project can take. 

What you need to know is you aren’t able to use your driveway right away if you need to replace concrete. The curing process soaks up a lot of time.

  • You can walk on your concrete in around five hours, assuming the surface is clearly dry to the touch. If you’re being extra cautious, you can wait about 24 hours. 
  • Wait a minimum of seven days before putting small motor vehicles on your driveway.
  • Do NOT operate heavy machinery or put heavy loads on your driveway before waiting a minimum of 27 days. Better to play it safe than sorry.

You won’t be able to use your driveway immediately after replacing concrete; however, you can place cars in your driveway 15 minutes after a polyurethane injection repair. If it’s only a small section of your driveway that has settled, polyurethane can do the trick.

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If you’re unsure whether you need to repair or replace your driveway, don’t worry. Dalinghaus Construction will give you a free evaluation! Call (877) 360-9227 for any questions or book an appointment. We make it so easy you can even schedule online today!

WRITTEN BY

Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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