Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ask a SitePro Inspector - Aren't All Driveways The Same?

Q: Aren’t all driveways the same?      As long as I can drive on them, why should I care what condition they are in?

Driveways are not all created equal, or even made of the same materials. Driveways can be formed from concrete, asphalt, gravel, epoxy stone, pressed concrete, brick or other materials. Driveway length, width or clearance may be a consideration depending on the location of the home, vehicle size and weight. For instance, if a mountain cabin is under consideration in a heavily treed area, is the driveway sufficient for a fire engine to navigate in the event of a forest fire? In colder climates, is the driveway too long to make speedy snow removal feasible? Is it too steep for traction in the rain? When considering a floating home, is the driveway deep enough and wide enough for boat access?

All of SitePro professional inspectors are knowledgeable about local guidelines, maintenance and safety issues.  They work hard to keep current on these issues to provide clients the most up-to-date information available. Photos of many aspects of the home, including heaving, differential settlement, excessive gaps and tripping hazards when found on driveways and sidewalks, are included in the inspection report.  This makes it easy to pinpoint the problem and repair what can be a safety issue for pedestrians. In the case of driveways, sidewalks and patios, many of the issues can be fixed relatively easily with a patch, filler, sealant or the replacement of a specific section.

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
203(k) FHA/HUD Consultant #A0900
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
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