Unfortunately, the average cost for replacing your concrete driveway is $3,500-$7,000. For this reason, it may be a better option to repair the individual surface problems instead of replacing the entire driveway.
Cracks are a common and easily fixed issue your driveway can have. To repair the problem, you can purchase a malleable compound that you place into the cracks.
This compound fills the gaps in the surface, but it is important to remove any dirt or debris from the damaged areas first. Removing the dirt allows the compound to adhere properly to the concrete.
Once the compound sets, it allows the concrete to shift naturally, which can occur due to external temperature changes. The compound also stops the cracks from getting larger when the concrete shifts.
One issue you can experience with this compound is that it is difficult to color match it to the surface. This means the color of the repairs will be different from the rest of the surface. If this is not an issue, then you can generally repair all of the cracks in your driveway using this method.
When you want the surface to have a unified look after you repair the driveway, you have the option of resurfacing it. With this process, a concrete company thoroughly cleans the surface to remove any dirt that could damage the new concrete. Generally, the workers also scrape out the cracks as well, so that the filler for the gaps can adhere properly to the sides.
When the driveway has holes, the company may need to adjust the layer of gravel beneath the hole. Having an even layer of gravel below the new concrete will allow the newer materials to harden properly. Without adjusting the gravel, you could end up with dips or bumps in the surface of your driveway.
The next phase of resurfacing is to add a new layer of concrete over the entire driveway. The depth of concrete you will need from a company like S&W Concrete is determined by the amount of damage to the surface and the company will be able to give you an exact amount.
Once the driveway has cured, you should consider having the concrete company seal the surface. The sealant will help keep excess moisture from entering your driveway, so that it is less likely to crack from water damage in the future.
Repairing your driveway is a good alternative to replacing it. However, before you do any work, it is best to know your options and then determine which method is best for your situation.Share