Repair Your Driveway, Don’t Replace It
If your concrete driveway has seen better days, you have a few options to consider when deciding how to repair it. You could jackhammer the entire driveway up, have it hauled away, and start all over, if you have the time and money to do so. Certainly, there are times when that may be the best option, if your driveway has large cracks or is terribly uneven, due to tree roots under the driveway. But quite possibly you don’t need to employ such drastic measures to achieve a new look for your driveway. Small cracks and discoloring can be covered up by simply resurfacing your concrete. You can resurface your driveway by yourself in the matter of a few hours, saving you not only considerable dollars, but you’ll be able to use the driveway again in 24 hours, whereas a new concrete driveway, once poured, requires three days before you can drive on it. Consider resurfacing the old driveway when you’re exploring your concrete driveway repair options.
How to Resurface Your Driveway
- Make sure the temperature is right for a resurfacing project. It should be at least 50 degrees for at least 24 hours.
- Pressure wash the surface to remove loose concrete, paint, or debris.
- Fill any cracks greater than 1/8 inch wide with a concrete mix and a trowel. Smooth the surface and allow the concrete to set.
- Dampen the concrete to a saturated dry condition before applying the resurfacing product.
- Mix the product in a 5 gallon container, adding water first and then the resurfacing product. Mix with a mortar mixing paddle for three minutes and then allow it to sit for one minute.
- During the application, keep mixing in small amounts of water to keep it to a flowable consistency, but avoid it getting too soupy.
- Pour the product onto the prepared surface, using a squeegee to pull the material across the concrete surface to spread it easily from a feather edge to 1/2 inch. Make sure the surface has a bit of a tilt so the concrete drains away from the house.
- Tap the squeegee occasionally to remove excess product.
- Finish off the application by using a broom to add in texture to the concrete surface. This will keep the concrete from becoming slick during damp weather.
Resurfacing your driveway can possibly be the best choice when considering your concrete driveway repair options.