Concrete Driveway Repair Options
Your concrete driveway can be long-lasting or actually last for a lifetime, but for some, the life span of their concrete driveway is shortened and results in cracking, discoloration, fading, and other damages and signs of distress. The common causes of driveway distress are using an insufficient concrete mix, bad placement procedures, and exposure to severe weather conditions.
There are concrete driveway repair options for you to choose from which are repair, resurface, and replace. If the concrete’s defect is small cracks or holes with a size of less than ¼”, you have an option to patch or fill it. You can also do it yourself or hire a concrete contractor. But, if the crack or hole is larger than ¼”, then hire a contractor because your options are to resurface, engrave, and recolor. If your concrete is sinking, your repair option is slab jack and you’ll need to hire a contractor. Lastly, if your concrete driveway is structurally damaged, then it needs to be replaced and obviously, you’ll need to hire a professional concrete contractor for this. To explain your repair options, patching fills the small cracks and holes while resurfacing covers larger cracks and holes. Engraving disguises cracks and flaws while recoloring is obviously done to revive the look and correct it. Lastly, slab jacking lifts sunken concrete.
It is a lot more expensive to have another round of concrete application, so the better and cheaper option is to have your concrete driveway repaired as long as the structure is still in a good condition and the only problem is minor damages. If you are unsure about the structural integrity of your concrete, let a professional examine it.