Most Overlooked Fact About Driveway Repair
The elements, accidents and age can make a cement driveway look dingy or become cracked and broken. Replacing the driveway completely can be very costly and take a lot of time. However, repairing the cracks is a lot more economical an option. This is especially true if you do it yourself. Even if you have no real construction experience concrete driveway repair is easy to master. To get started, you must start with a clean surface. Go over the driveway with a broom to get rid of loose debris. To ensure the cleanest surface, pressure wash the driveway too. The next step you take depends on if your driveway damage involves a crack or a hole.
If you have a hole in the driveway you will need to fill it. Purchase epoxy mortar from your local hardware or home improvement store. Follow the instructions on the brand you choose. You may need to add some water to a mix or it may be premixed. Simply fill the hold completely with the mixture and smooth it over so it is even. For driveway cracks, the process is still easy but there are a few extra steps. Start by using a concrete primer to treat the cracks. Then, use concrete repair fabric to provide the cracks with extra reinforcement. On top of the fabric, apply a base coat and then a polymer concrete coating. Finish by smoothing the area so the entire concert blends together as much as possible.
Home improvement and hardware stores should carry a good selection of concrete driveway repair kits. If you want to improve the overall appearance of your driveway, consider resurfacing the entire driveway after fixing all holes or cracks to get a more attractive surface. Resurfacing is still cheaper than redoing and it will look like new!