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If you are like most people, you don’t give a great deal of attention to the state of your sidewalk. It is something that you walk on, jog on, sit on, and watch your kids play on. You are unlikely to give it a second thought—that is, until it starts falling apart. If this happens, you will have a serious problem on your hands. 

As a homeowner, you are no doubt aware that nearly every visible feature of your neighborhood has an impact on the value of your home. A deteriorating sidewalk is not a good look for the area or your house. 

A damaged sidewalk can be the result of extremes in weather, heavy traffic, ground movement, poor soil, and many other things. An asphalt sidewalk can last up to 20 years. A concrete sidewalk can last up to 30 years. However, these numbers depend greatly on the climate of the area and whether regular maintenance is conducted on these surfaces. 

It is not a good idea to allow a damaged or degraded sidewalk to go unrepaired for a long period of time. To figure out whether you need to repair or replace the sidewalk in front of your home, you will need to assess the damage. Here are some things you should look for: 

1. Cracks

These can appear quite suddenly and grow quickly. If whole sections of the sidewalk have cracks in them, then it is more sensible and cost-effective to replace it.

2. Uneven slabs

The growth of wild roots from trees can lift or displace your sidewalk. If the damage is too extensive, it may be impossible to repair. Replacement will be your only option.

3. Pooling water

If you noticed that water regularly pools in your sidewalk after it rains, it is a sign that the structure is already damaged. Something has caused it to sink or cave in places. The best option will be to replace the sidewalk.

The best way to figure out the material condition of your sidewalk and whether it needs replacement is to contact an expert. You should also use an experienced professional to carry out the job of sidewalk replacement. They are the only ones qualified to do such work.

However, before you do anything, you should determine who is responsible for maintaining, repairing, and replacing the sidewalk that is adjacent to your property. Even if it is your responsibility to carry out such jobs, many cities require you to obtain a permit before starting and an inspection after completion of the project.