The driveway is not always something most homeowners give much thought to, except perhaps after a snowstorm when it needs to be shoveled. However, keeping your driveway is top condition is an important part of maintaining your home. Traditionally, when your concrete driveway started to show cracks or part of it began to sink, the only thing to do was to rip it up and lay a whole new driveway. This is a costly process in both time and money. Now, however, there is a feasible way to repair your driveway that might suit your needs better.
The option to repair a driveway has always been available with a process called mudjacking. However, mudjacking is not a permanent solution and can be just as intrusive as replacing the whole driveway, so it isn’t a much better solution. Foam-leveling solves many of the problems faced with mudjacking, and therefore is a feasible alternative to replacing your whole driveway.
Replacing a full driveway can be a very expensive endeavor, as the original concrete has to be taken up before a new driveway can be poured. This a labor-intensive process, which means the cost for the actual removal and replacement of the concrete will be high. You will also have to pay for brand-new concrete, which typically costs $8-$12 per square foot. Depending on how big your driveway is, the cost could quickly add up to quite a bit of money.
Typically, foam-leveling costs $1,300 – $1,400 for an average-sized driveway in Denver. While there are some challenges that could increase this cost, on average, repair by foam-leveling will cost you 66% – 75% less than removing and replacing the driveway.
One of the best parts of using the foam leveling process is how quickly you can use your driveway after the repair is done. The foam will cure to almost complete hardness just 30 minutes after it is injected, and it can be driven upon almost immediately after the job is completed. New concrete that is poured requires at least 7 days to cure. This means you will not be able to use your driveway for a full week, or more, which is inconvenient for both you and your family.
Furthermore, pulling up concrete can be a dirty process, as a lot of dust and dirt can be stirred up in the removal process. Foam-leveling is a fairly simple process, with only small holes needing to be drilled for the foam to be injected. A clean, easy repair job with little-to-no-mess is much more preferable than a full concrete replacement.
Replacing your concrete driveway is a way to guarantee a fix to any of the problems it may have. However, removing and replacing concrete is an invasive and costly process. With foam leveling becoming more available to homeowners, simply repairing your driveway is now a good option. Foam leveling is a less-expensive and quicker process that will last almost as long as a brand-new driveway.
If repairing your driveway sounds like the right plan for you, don’t hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (303) 883-3322 today!