With proper maintenance, the driveway at your home or business can last for many years. However, there are times when repairs and preventative measures are no longer effective. At this point, you may need to completely rebuild the structure.

Here are some signs it might be time to call Creative Concrete to replace your driveway.

Deep Cracks, Gaps or Uneven Portions

The ground that surrounds your driveway isn't as firm as you think. Seasonal weather changes force the soil to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. This, combined with other elemental factors and mechanical stress, causes the driveway bed to shift and crack. Not all cracks are bad, but if the crack is deep or causes a large gap and the structure is uneven, it is time to replace your driveway.

While smaller and more shallow lines can be repaired, deeper ones usually require a replacement. Let the concrete driveway contractors at Creative Concrete assess your damages and provide professional guidance on your driveway's condition.

Sunken Spots

Sloped driveways are designed to facilitate drainage. With the right angle and build, moisture from weather or landscaping naturally runs into the gutters and streets and away from your property.

For concrete driveways, a temporary fix for sunken spots involves injecting concrete underneath the affected area. However, this procedure could be expensive and often doesn't completely solve the problem. A full replacement of your structure ensures your driveway can withstand the pressures of daily use.

Potholes and Pits

Your driveway bears an incredible amount of weight and friction on a daily basis. From thick layers of Minnesota snow and ice to the constant grind of vehicle wheels, the surface of your driveway takes a lot of abuse.

Just like the city streets we navigate daily, your asphalt driveway is susceptible to potholes and deep pits, and that’s a sign that it’s time for a driveway replacement.

Excessive Salt and Sand Exposure

Sand can be physically degrading leaving your driveway with the physical damage mentioned above. You can prevent salt and sand damage to some degree by staying on top of your refinishing and winterization. Check out our local concrete company blog on the subject for more information: “How to Winterize Your Concrete.”

Once that pothole begins, though, you’re stuck with it for life—unless you invest in driveway replacement.

Poor Drainage

Over time, as chips, cracks, low spots, or tire ruts develop  they can interfere with how your driveway drains.

Freeze-thaw cycles can also cause your driveway to shift with changing soil compositions, which in turn can also result in drainage issues.

Sometimes, smaller problems in this respect can be addressed via repair, but large-scale drainage issues often require the help of a concrete driveway contractor and a complete replacement.


Concrete driveway installations are made to last for decades, but no standard or stamped concrete structure, no matter how well it’s been laid, lasts forever.

Climate, usage methods, and the underlying structure affect how long your concrete structure will last, so the help of a residential concrete contractor is your best bet for determining if your driveway is at the end of its lifespan.

Contact Creative Concrete Today for Top-Notch Stamped Concrete and More

Creative Concrete is your source for high-quality professional concrete driveway installations in the Twin Cities, MN area. Come to us when your home or business needs concrete services. Call our New Brighton office at 612-414-7932 for answers to all of your concrete-related questions.