How To Repair Your Concrete Driveway
Getting Started on Concrete
First impressions with your home and business are important.
When it comes to your property, the outdoor surroundings of your property are an excellent way to create impressions that last. Taking advantage of your concrete’s full potential is visually important.
Having a smooth concrete driveway is one way to ensure that the great outdoors whisper nothing but elegance. If well maintained, concrete can last for a long time. Still, it will require maintenance from time to time; but proper sustenance will save you tax bills in the long haul.
Concrete driveway maintenance often involves repairing cracks and other unsightly elements like discoloration that cause it to lose its oomph. These conditions may result from the effects of freezing water on the driveway, standing water, tree roots, excess heat and the expansion and contraction of the aggregate.
When such elements damage your concrete driveway, you don’t have to build a whole new concrete driveway. That would obviously be costly and more time-consuming.
The secret? You can transform your old concrete driveway to revitalize its look with repairs that last. Follow along below with our infographic.
The DIY Driveway Repair Infographic
Driveway Repair Checklist
1. Start by removing molds, dirt or mildew that might be present on the path. Use a pressure washer to get the work done efficiently and effectively. Then, use a suitable masonry cleaning solution to clear away the remaining matter.
2. Put the solution in the reservoir of the pressure washer and spray it on the surface of the driveway. After applying the cleaner, you will need to attach a high-pressure nozzle to the machine. This process ensures that the material used for patching will finally adhere to the existing concrete.
3. Next, you need to mix up an adequate amount of concrete resurfacer with water in a bucket that can take up to five gallons to fill the cracks. You can get concrete resurfacer from any store that deals with construction and heavy tools. To prepare the patching material, you can use a mixing paddle chucked in a half-an-inch drill. Your mixture needs to be of thick consistency.
4. Once you have your mixture in place with the right consistency, the next step is to pour it in the cracks. You may want to use a flat edge trowel to guide the mixture deep into the crack. Concrete repair with trowel tool. Smoothen the surface of the material and leave it overnight to dry up.
5. For the best results, the repaired surface needs another lighter batch of the resurfacer. However, before you apply this other batch, be sure to add water and dampen the concrete so that it does not dry quickly. Once achieved, spread the resurfacer and be keen to get an even coating with no marks.
6. When the resurfacer starts to settle in, you can use a broom that has an extended handle to give the new concrete surface texture as well as prevent it from being slippery when dry.
Give your driveway 24 hours, and you will be able to use it.
Who said you have to hire an expert to repair your concrete driveway? With the above steps, you can comfortably work the repair out yourself!