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: