Choosing The Right Repair Method For Your Concrete Driveway

Posted on: 16 December 2015

When your driveway has cracks or holes, you need to figure out the best repair method for your situation. Luckily, you do have a few options that allow you to fix the damage without having to remove and replace your entire concrete driveway.

Patches

Your first option for dealing with a damaged driveway is to patch the surface. With this method, you will be filling in the damaged areas with new concrete.

However, before you can complete the work, you need to clean out the cracks and holes to remove any loose debris such as dirt, pollen or broken concrete. If you leave any debris behind, it can prevent the new cement from sticking to your existing driveway. For example, excess dirt inside a hole can cause the mixture to dry out too quickly, which would lead to additional cracks.

Once the damaged areas are clean, you fill them in with new cement and smooth out the top. You want to make sure that the top layer is even, so you do not end up with dips or hills in the surface of your driveway.

The only issue that some people have with driveway patches is that you can clearly see the repair work. The new concrete will be a different color and this one factor may influence whether you choose an alternative repair option for your driveway.

Resurfacing

When the final look of repair patches is unappealing, you do have another option to choose for dealing with a damaged driveway. The other method is driveway resurfacing, which involves many of the same steps as a basic repair patch.

When resurfacing, you need to clean the entire surface of the driveway, not just the areas around the cracks and inside the holes. You need to clean the entire surface because you will be adding a new layer of concrete to the top of your driveway. Any debris inside the top layer can create weak spots, which will distort the final look.

Once cleaned, a new layer is poured over the entire driveway. During this process, any holes and cracks are filled in and a very thin layer covers the rest of the surface. The new layer is smoothed and evened out to prevent hills or dips.

The added benefit of resurfacing your driveway is that you do not notice the repair work. The new layer actually makes it look like you replaced your driveway. The only thing to consider is that resurfacing does take more time to complete and it is labor intensive. For this reason, it is best to consult a paving company about handling the work for you.

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