Repairing your concrete driveway can be expensive. Since this is the case, many homeowners will determine it is too expensive or it is an unnecessary expense. However, this can lead to an even further deterioration of your driveway and, in turn, even larger expenditures. The best thing to do it to take care of the driveway repair as soon as you notice it. When the repairs are small you can take care of them yourself. Once you become adept at it, concrete driveway repairs are not that time consuming. Below you will find some tips to help you master of the art of driveway repair.
If you have a hairline crack in your concrete driveway then you can fix it by mixing and placing new concrete into it. Many like to use vinyl patches but these become quite obvious and don’t look the best. I would prefer the same material to help make the fix. If the crack is a little wider than a crack you will want to widen the crack a bit with a chisel. You will want to chisel it at an angle so that the bottom of the crack is a little bit wider than the top of the crack. This is essential so that the concrete will form a good bond with the existing concrete.
Once you are done chiseling the concrete you need to use a brush to get all of the loose pieces of concrete out and then wet it down with a hose. To ensure a better bond you can use concrete adhesive before mixing the new ready mix concrete patch.
Once you have applied the patch and used your trowel to smooth it out you should cover the patch for a few days. This gives it time to cure completely. Don’t drive your vehicle on it the patch is curing.
If you stay on top of these repairs as they occur it will save you from spending potentially thousands of dollars later to replace the driveway. As the old Fram Oil commercial used to say, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.”