If you have a concrete driveway, then you’re probably wondering whether it’s time to resurface, repair, or replace it. Concrete driveways are a great investment because they last for decades but can eventually need some TLC when they get worn out.
So what’s the best option? Well, that depends on your budget and how badly your driveway needs work. To help you decide which option is best for you, we’ll break down each of these options below:
If your driveway is in good shape and has no cracks or other problems, then resurfacing will bring the drive to like-new condition. The process involves grinding down the existing surface of the concrete and applying new layers of material on top of it. Resurfacing can be done by professionals or DIYers—just make sure that whoever does it knows what they’re doing!
If your driveway has any cracks or other large damage that affects its structural integrity (and this includes having pieces broken off), then repairs will be necessary before resurfacing can take place.
If your driveway is showing signs of wear and tear, it’s probably time to consider a repair. When you’re trying to decide between resurfacing and repairing, keep this in mind: resurfacing will cover up any existing damage with a fresh layer of concrete or asphalt—but that doesn’t mean the underlying issue has been resolved. It may be more beneficial for you to repair your driveway now so that it lasts longer without needing another round of expensive maintenance down the line.
Here are some common problems you can fix on your own:
Filling cracks in the driveway with concrete caulk (this will help prevent further cracking!)
Filling potholes in the driveway with loose gravel (this method should last longer than just filling them with sand!)
Repairing alligator cracks in the driveway with a concrete patch
If your driveway is old, or has been in place for a long time, you may need to replace it. The concrete will begin to break down and crumble after a number of years. Potholes are also common with older concrete driveways and can be repaired by patching them with new concrete.
If your driveway has major potholes that are deeper than 1/4-inch and cracks larger than 1/4-inch, then it’s likely time to consider replacing the entire surface before they get worse or cause further damage to your home’s foundation.
Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your personal situation. If you want to know more about concrete driveway repair options, we recommend reaching out to our team of experts, they can explain the best options for your wallet and for your driveway.