Driveways of paved asphalt, Belgian block or poured concrete all need driveway repair. Understand the process, the costs, and find a trustworthy professional contractor.
What is Driveway Repair?
Driveways of concrete or asphalt withstand a lot of abuse, but whether you opt to have yours cleaned, patched, resurfaced or replaced, the costs of good maintenance can be high. Freeze-thaw cycles and heavy vehicular traffic can cause cracks and potholes to appear. If these are not repaired and sealed, the wear cycle accelerates. Age of your driveway can drive the decision, with driveways 20 years and older often requiring full replacement. Driveway repair costs less than resurfacing, and resurfacing costs less than full replacement.
What Does Driveway Repair Cost?
Repair work on an asphalt driveway will cost around $10 to $13 a square foot - the national range is between $850 to $3,100.
- Concrete repair work will run between $300 to $3,500
- Belgian block (cobblestone) — $650 to $2,000
- Brick — $700 to $2,000
Each driveway repair project is uniquely affected by the amount of damage to be repaired, the age of the driveway, and local climate. Some homeowners find repairing a Belgian block or brick driveway a fairly easy weekend task, if they can find matching materials. If the repair work is extensive for any type of surface, though, you are better off turning to professionals.
Hiring a Driveway Repair Company Tips
- The same companies that pour and pave driveways typically also repair them.
- Do your homework to find a reputable contractor to handle your driveway repair job.
- Collect three on-site estimates (never a telephone price quote) from local contractors.
- Ignore unsolicited offers to cut you a price break by “using up” leftover material from another job.
- Get the estimates in writing.
- Ensure the contractors have taken into account drainage and slope.
- Look for a licensed paving company (in either asphalt or concrete).
- Ask for proof of insurance and workers compensation coverage.
- For asphalt, avoid contractors who offer to provide less than a two-inch resurfacing job; it will not adhere well or last long.
- Use the list here of local concrete companies near you to find pros with good grades.
- Ask local builders for companies they recommend in either asphalt or concrete.