Over time, concrete driveways tend to develop potholes and cracks. Out of all the options that are available, it is often the most cost-effective and sensible to resurface a driveway’s damaged sections. Resurfacing is a solid home improvement option that can save you a lot of money, improve the landscape’s visual appeal and take less time when compared with other methods that are available.
Steps for resurfacing concrete driveways
When a concrete driveway is compared to a gravel driveway, it appears that although a concrete drive can last for approximately 20 to 30 years, gravel driveways can last up to 100 years and require only a minimum amount of maintenance. However, concrete is still the preferred option, especially if you choose the right contractor to do your driveway.
These days it is a very common sight to see your driveway, which not that long ago was a beautiful, smooth concrete drive, now be wrecked, potholed and cracked. It is definitely not a sight that you want to see. Atmospheric factors, rain and extreme temperatures subject concrete driveways to a great deal of wear and tear.
To begin with, there is the option for you to reconstruct your whole driveway. However, that will be very expensive. You can instead repair only the damaged parts of your driveway, and save yourself a lot of money in the process. That is definitely a better options. Resurfacing or repairing your concrete driveway will potentially save you as much as 50% of the total cost for entirely reconstructing your driveway.
Repairing Your Concrete Driveway
The first step in your repairing process is to thoroughly clean the concrete surface. If necessary, use a firm brush to sweep the area. After you are done sweeping, use a strong hose that has enough water pressure and then spray water into the holes and cracks to loosen debris and get rid of all of the dirt and dust.
After you sweep and spray clean, you then need to repair whatever cracks have developed. You need to prime the cracks and then use elastomeric repair material to fill them. The cracks can then be further reinforced with fabric and an elastomeric base coat can be applied over the cracked area. Multiple polymer concrete patches then need to be laid onto the cracked surface. The patches are then ground in order to make them smooth and also level with the surface surrounding them.
Resurfacing A Concrete Driveway
A granule broadcast and prime coat are evenly applied over the whole area that needs to be resurfaced. Then a texture coat gets applied to the whole area. To achieve this, first ultra surface polymer concrete gets prepared according to the directions that are listed on the package. Then a special kind of spray gun is used to evenly spray it onto the concrete surface.
After you have finished the resurfacing process, it is critical to ensure that the layers are properly evened out. Therefore, it is necessary to use a trowel to level and smooth the surface. Be sure to wear footwear and hand gloves while doing this so you don’t end up stuck to the concrete.
If you would like to have a colored driveway, during the resurfacing process you can apply a color coat onto the surface. Then applying a seal coat layer and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Remember that your driveway should not be made accessible to cars for 2 to 3 days after it has completely dried. Before you plan to resurface your driveway, consider the weather conditions first. Suitable conditions for resurfacing your driveway include a damp surface and 70 degrees F. In cold weather, the curing process will take longer. When the weather it hot, you will need to dampen the surface regularly in order to slow the process down.
It can be a time-consuming and physically demanding task to resurface your concrete driveway. If you think it is beyond what your limits are, it is always possible to hire a professional concrete contractor to complete the job instead.