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Concrete Driveway Resurfacing

Concrete Driveway Resurfacing

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Concrete driveway resurfacing can be quite the impossible feat if you do not know what you are doing. If you are familiar with the procedure, then concrete driveway resurfacing can be a pleasant and rewarding task. I know what you are thinking. -That is great, but what if I am one of those unfortunate individuals who belong to the first category of people? What do I do?- No worries, that is what we are here for! Even if you are somewhat familiar with the whole concept of concrete driveway resurfacing, this article might help to expand your knowledge and make your job a little easier. With all the supplies and tutorials available in stores today, there is no reason why the ambitious home improver should not tackle this task, as well. Let us walk through the steps of this foreboding chore one by one, and you will see how simple it really is.

Resurfacing is the easy way to repair old, worn, or cracked surfaces without the headache and expense of tearing out and remodeling. There are many options involved in concrete driveway resurfacing. You can certainly stick with the original concrete style of your driveway. As they say, if it aint broke, don’t fix it. Standard form concrete has an average life expectancy of at least 25 years. In addition, there are many other options on the market today for concrete driveway resurfacing, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few options to consider:

Blacktop- Pro: The concrete acts as a firm base for the asphalt to rest on and cling to. Con: Not nearly as strong as concrete, will not take as much wear and tear from traffic or weather. Over time, blacktop will shift and erode. If using blacktop, be sure you are applying it to a flat uncracked surface. Cracks in the base material will appear later on in the asphalt, as well.

Epoxy- Pro: Epoxy has a sleek, clean, and professional finished look. Con: It loses its shine after a short amount of time, highly susceptible to UV rays.

Urethanes- Pro: Extremely resilient against UV rays, micro-scratches, and chemical spills. Con: This is really a light coating, not meant to stand on its own. Here is a solution. Apply a clear thin layer of urethane over your epoxy surface.

Spray on- Pro: Convenient application, resilient, aesthetically pleasing. An excellent new product on the market is Spray Top. This is a spray on micro-thin polymer enhanced cement coating. The cement options (like Spray Top) have a life-expectancy rate of at least twenty years. That is a lifetime in driveway terms! They also have the ability to have a spray wash topcoat of polymer in various colors giving you the option for unique patterns and mosaic designs.

Stencils and mosaic patterns- Pro: If you really want to get fancy, try these concrete driveway resurfacing ideas. Using the spray on or broom swept methods of application, choose from many stunning designs, logos, and patterns. You can literally turn your simple driveway into a beautiful courtyard, elegantly greeting you before you have even entered your home. Con: Application can be a bit difficult. Also, unless you are using a contractor, depending on your location, stencils can sometimes be hard to come by.

Now that you have seen some of the opportunities available to you, let us quickly go through the procedure of how concrete driveway resurfacing is done. Though this is an excellent break down of the steps involved, variations may apply to different situations, circumstances, or designs. Bear this in mind when putting it all into action.

  1. Power wash the entire surface to ensure no chemical or gasoline or other debris will become engrained into the final job. Understandably, not everyone owns the equipment necessary for such an endeavor. If this is true in your case, simply sweep, scrub and clean your driveway surface as best as you can. It might take a little longer to do by hand, but the result is just about the same.
  2. Prime and fill cracks with whichever reparation material you feel works best. Again, it is very important that you are starting out with a flat, smooth base surface as whichever option you choose will be resting upon this foundation.
  3. Reinforce the filled cracks with fabric and apply elastomeric coating on top (a rubbery polymer that has elasticity, is strong, and provides excellent protection).
  4. Next, add a layer of polymer concrete and smooth out the surface. Small holes should be filled with epoxy mortar or the like.
  5. Broom-sweep a layer of prime coat.
  6. Spray or apply polymer cement layer with hopper gun, spray top, etc.
  7. It is a good idea to run a trowel over the surface to smooth out the finish.
  8. Finally apply a seal coating (if you are planning on using a color or stencil pattern for your driveway, do this before you apply the seal.

Your concrete driveway resurfacing job is done! Allow at least two or three days to settle and dry before driving on the surface. See, I told you it was easier than you thought! Again this is a very quick run-through of all the necessary courses of action, but it gives you an idea of what you will be up against. Take your time going through all the options, and gather the tools and supplies you will need before starting your project. Weather conditions should also be ideal (approximately 50-60 degrees and dry for a good few days) if you want to do the job right. Take your time doing each step properly, and you will be immensely satisfied with the job well done!

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