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5 Important Questions To Ask Before You Replace A Driveway

The driveway is the entrance to your property, so of course you want it to look fantastic. Over time, your drive can start to look worn and in need of a top-coat replacement. But – before you do, you need to ask yourself these five important questions.


When was the last time it was maintained?

It’s a cost to do any kind of maintenance or repairs, but you really must keep on top of things. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time and money in the future on your drive. Maintenance includes simple things like clearing standing water and removing any debris. Actions like this will make a world of difference to your driveway. If you find yourself constantly maintaining your drive, then you may not be using the right products to take care of it. If you’ve never done any maintenance it’s time to start!

Does it need sanding?

If your drive is block paving, rather than tarmac, you should consider sanding the block paving joints. By re-sanding the joints, you’ll find that the products you use such as sealants will work better when it comes to minimising the effects of moisture. Where it’s possible to sand, try this and then apply a sealant such as Thermilate PRO Drive Block Paving Sealer.

Does it need a coat of sealant?

We’ve briefly touched on sealant above for block paving.  Thermilate PRO Drive Block Paving Sealer will give you a clear coating, that completely rejuvenates your drive. For tarmac driveways, we suggest Thermilate PRO Tarmac Reviver & Sealer. If your tarmac drive is looking worse for wear, this will completely makeover your drive, and keep it protected from damaging elements such as UV Rays.


Is the colour loss making it look old?

If your drive is tarmac, it may just be the colour loss in the surface that’s making it look like it’s in need of a replacement. If you use Thermilate PRO Tarmac Reviver & Sealer, you’ll be able to restore the colour and bring your driveway back to life – in just one application!

Do I really need to replace the whole thing?

The answer is – probably not! If you’re using the correct tools and methods to repair and maintain your driveway, you’ll find that the job is much easier than it looks! Try our suggestions and give them a go yourself. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve with the right kind of product. However, if you do feel like you need an experts advice first, don’t be afraid to ask if Rawlins Paints can help you out.


  1. Lillian Schaeffer

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that sealing your driveway can improve its appearance and protect it. My driveway is getting kind of old, but I don’t think it’s worn down enough to replace yet. I’d like it to look better than it does, though, so I’ll definitely look into having it sealcoated to rejuvenate and protect it. Thanks for the great post!

  2. My dad always said how important it was to stay on top of paving maintenance. He had a driveway to the farm that he made himself, and he really wanted us to know how to manage it. One summer it got out of hand, and I learned then how important it was!

  3. I like what this article mentions about considering whether or not you really need to replace the whole thing. It makes sense that it could be beneficial to just replace the broken pieces as it would save a lot of time and money. I’ll have to keep this in mind when looking at different concrete and contractors as I don’t think replacing the whole things would be economical.

  4. Thank you for all this great information about choosing a driveway. One thing that really stood out to me is that you say to find out if it will need a clear coating on it. It would be nice to know that you will be able to keep everything safe in the end.

  5. Very informative blog! We had our concrete driveway resurfaced 6 months ago and until now it still looks good because of the concrete sealing that we applied on it. Concrete sealing proves its worth.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. I appreciate that you point out that it is important to clear debris and water off the driveway to make it last longer. I can see why this would be important to know if there tends to always be something on it. My wife and I recently moved into a new house with a lot of trees around us. I’ll have to add this on the list of chores for our children to do.

  7. Paving Driveways Chelmsford

    This is awesome ! thanks for sharing such a nice information about blog paving. I really appreciate and also waiting for more like this.

  8. I liked that you pointed out that you a seal coat can protect against UV rays. It is really good to know that because I would hate for my driveway to get bleached by the sun. After all, a big part of my home curb appeal is how my driveway looks.

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