How to Repair Cracked Concrete in Driveway

Concrete driveway repair

Once you have decided to repair your concrete driveway, there are two main roads you can take to complete the project: Resurfacing or replacement.

Resurfacing involves spreading a thin layer of concrete over your existing concrete to cover cosmetic imperfections and restore aesthetic value. This is often considered the ‘cheaper’ option of the two, averaging around 20% – 30% less than full replacement. Resurfacing IS NOT a long term solution and should be avoided as a reasonable solution expectation.

If you’ve ever heard of the phrase “Like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound”, you’ll understand why resurfacing is never the solution for repairing your damaged concrete. Resurfacing does not address the issues that are causing the damage and only offers short-term results. If you value long-term results that will contribute to the value of your home over time, partial replacement of damaged areas is a guaranteed way to ensure that your time and money is properly spent.

Full replacement of your concrete requires that all pre-existing material be broken up and removed from the installation site so that brand new concrete can be installed. While the up-front costs of replacing your driveway are slightly higher than resurfacing, the long-term value is much higher. Consider why you are looking to begin your project – are there underlying structural issues that need to be addressed? Any cracking or uneven breaks in your concrete that are beginning to form are signs that replacement is the only solution.

If you are ready get started with your driveway replacement project, contact your local Madewell Concrete team.

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