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Tips For Resurfacing a Cracked Concrete Driveway

Updated: May 23, 2023

If your concrete driveway is showing signs of wear and tear such as cracks, weathering, or discoloration, you're not alone. Concrete driveways are often exposed to harsh UV rays, fertilizers, and heavy vehicles, causing stress on both the structural integrity of the slab and the finished surface. While you may feel like replacing your concrete driveway is your only option, the process can take weeks and cost thousands of dollars. In this article, we'll provide you with some tips and tricks used by professionals to resurface concrete driveways, so you can bring your driveway back to life without breaking the bank.

Make Sure the Concrete Is Clean

To prepare your concrete driveway for resurfacing, it's important to make sure it's thoroughly cleaned. One effective method is to use a high output pressure washer with at least 3500 PSI, similar to what's used for preparing a home for painting. Additionally, it's a good idea to use an oil and grease remover before pressure washing to ensure a strong bonding surface.

Applying The Resurfacer

To apply the resurfacer, it is recommended to start with a damp concrete slab. This ensures that the resurfacing agent dries along with the concrete. The best way to apply the resurfacer is to mix the material in a five-gallon bucket, which can be purchased at a local home improvement store, and pour it out onto the surface one square at a time using a squeegee. For smaller corner sections, a trowel can be used to spread the material evenly as a squeegee may be too large for these areas. It is important to wear proper knee protection when troweling.

Have Tools On Hand

Once the resurfacer is mixed, it becomes time-sensitive and typically sets within 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the materials used. To ensure a streamlined process, it's essential to have all necessary tools on hand before beginning. With so many different tools available for concrete work, it can be confusing and expensive if you don't know what you need.

a few of the most common tools that the pros use to resurface concrete driveways:

  • Safety Equipment

  • Magnesium Floats

  • Trowels

  • Squeegees

  • Brooms For Finishing

  • Concrete Edgers

Allow It To Cure

One common mistake made in DIY concrete resurfacing is not allowing the material to cure properly before using the driveway. Depending on weather conditions and the thickness of the material, it's recommended to wait at least 8 hours before walking on it and 24 hours before any vehicle drives on it. Allowing the resurfacer to cure properly will result in a stronger and more durable finished product.

Great! Now that you have learned some of the tips and tricks that professionals use, it's time to start your concrete resurfacing project. Keep in mind that resurfacing is only a temporary solution, and you may need to reevaluate the surface after a couple of years. Whatever you decide to do with your driveway, we wish you the best of luck with all your home renovation projects!

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