Resurfacing and Repairing Your Driveway

July 31, 2015

Driveways are typically made from concrete, which is a durable material. However, due to the constant wear and tear of driveways from heavy cars to the elements, eventually, some damage will come to your driveway. More often than not, there will be cracks that form or chips. Other times, the damage can be more severe. Depending on the extent of the damage, you can either repair individual cracks or resurface your driveway

The first thing you should do is visibly inspect your driveway. If there are cracks, see how pervasive they are. If the cracks are less than a quarter-inch, these can be easily repaired with the use of liquid crack-fillers. If a crack is larger than a quarter-inch it may be a sign that there is deeper damage at work. Filling these cracks will only temporarily fix the problem. If you have large cracks or your driveway is 15 - 20 years old, it may be time to get the whole thing resurfaced. Instead of simply redoing the whole driveway, which will be costly, consider resurfacing it. Essentially, this entails removing just the top layer and then replacing it. This is a great option if you have many cracks on your driveway and there are not any issues with the foundation. On average, you can expect to pay around $2.25 per square foot for driveway resurfacing. 

Another one of the benefits of resurfacing your driveway is that you can add engravings or even color into your new concrete. Depending on what you are looking for, you can add patterns into your concrete, which will give your driveway more dimension. You can also add different colors and stains to the concrete as well. In fact, you can get your concrete driveway to look as if it was made from stone or tile, complete with faux grout lines. There are many options you can consider when resurfacing your driveway. If you are looking for a new look, consider more options than just your standard grey, cement driveway.

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