Expected Lifetime Of A Concrete Driveway In San Diego
How long does a concrete driveway last? This is the question that many people ask themselves before deciding whether or not to purchase one. A concrete drive can last anywhere from 15 to 35 years, depending on a variety of factors. In this blog post, we will discuss these factors and provide you with an estimated lifetime for your new driveway!
Factors That Can Reduce The Lifetime
There are a number of ways that your concrete driveway may become damaged or unusable before you reach the 20, 30, or 50-year mark. Let’s explore some of them.
- The driveway is exposed to sunlight all day, every day for its entire life. This can cause fading and color changes in concrete over time. For this reason, it is important that you install your new concrete driveway somewhere where there will be trees or other obstructions that block out sunlight during part of the day. The more sun exposure a driveway has, the less likely it is to last as long as desired!
- The material itself also plays a role in how long it lasts as well! Cheap concrete mix often does not contain enough cement, which means that it has less strength than higher-quality mixes. Cement/concrete by themselves actually have very little strength on their own, so they must be mixed with other materials such as sand, gravel, and rock just for them to hold together at all (don’t forget about water!).
- The elevated temperatures experienced during the summer months will typically result in cracks within three or four years after installation, whereas normal levels of seasonal change won’t cause any damage at all.
- A driveway that receives little sun exposure tends to have a longer life than one which is constantly exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day resulting in an average lifespan between 20 and 30 years. It’s important that you hire professionals who know what they are doing to install your concrete drive, or it may not last very long.
Our team of professionals will assess the climate in your area and provide you with an accurate expectation for how many years your driveway should last based on factors such as exposure to the sun, weather conditions, etc. – We follow all manufacturer instructions when installing the concrete so that there is no risk of cracks or other damage occurring early!