About 64% of people in the U.S. are homeowners. Are you one of them? If so, then you know that along with the perks there are a few responsibilities! Keeping your home in tip-top shape means you’ll get the most out of your investment. That includes the outside as well as the inside of your home. Is your driveway looking bad? Is it full of cracks, divots, and potholes? A full driveway replacement is an expensive endeavor. Repair and driveway resurfacing is a good alternative.
If you’re considering driveway resurfacing, take a look at our essential tips!
Asphalt Driveway Repair and Resurfacing
When your home looks great from the outside, it enhances its curb appeal and resale value. But if there are cracks all over the surface of your driveway, you need to get it fixed. Otherwise, the problem will get worse and shorten your driveway’s life span. Aside from having a contractor fix it, you have more options available such as investing in crack filling equipment or using asphalt seal coats. Are you repairing or resurfacing a driveway made of asphalt?
There’s gravel beneath your asphalt driveway. Does the driveway have cracks that weren’t sealed right away?
Water seeped in and destabilized the gravel underneath. This is what causes crumbling and potholes.
You can repair these holes with asphalt patching products. You pack the product into the hole which brings it up to level and matches your existing driveway.
If you have lots of tiny cracks, use an asphalt sealer. You’ll mop it across the entire driveway. You should seal your asphalt driveway every few years to head off cracks before they start.
The great thing about asphalt repair is you can drive on it soon after finishing the repair. An experienced professional can do the job quickly.
Asphalt driveways are easier to resurface than concrete. A base coat followed by a finish coat goes over the existing driveway after treating all the cracks with weed killer and filling them.
Are you deciding between asphalt and concrete? Take a look at Limitless Paving’s Asphalt vs Concrete Guide.
Concrete Driveway Repair and Resurfacing
Concrete driveways are durable and sometimes last as long as 50 years. Depending on your driveway’s issues, you can get away with minor repairs instead of paving your driveway.
Is your concrete driveway flaking in patches? You can resurface with a special concrete resurfacer. Once mixed, spread the resurfacer over the flaking spots.
Only have one or two small cracks that are less than a half-inch? You can use a concrete crack filler. Anything bigger than a half-inch needs filling with a foam rod first.
Sometimes your concrete driveway needs cleaning to remove tough oil and grease stains. Use a concrete cleaner sprinkled on the surface. Brush it into the surface with a broom and spritz it with water according to the instructions.
Leave the cleaner on the surface of the concrete for a couple of weeks. The cleaner bonds to the surface and pulls the stain out of the concrete. Rinse it away as per the instructions.
Is the concrete badly damaged? You’ll need an expert to give you an estimate on how much a driveway paving costs. A professional will break up the old slab and replace it with a new concrete slap.
Driveway Resurfacing for Enhanced Curb Appeal
If your driveway is showing its age, consider driveway resurfacing or repair for enhanced curb appeal. Maintain your driveway in good working order for better resale value and many years of use.
Are you looking for helpful tips for your home? Find more cleaning and maintenance advice on the blog!
- About the Author
Abigail Bassey is an interior design and lifestyle enthusiast & blogger with over 5+ years of experience in writing and editing. She takes pleasure in helping people achieve their dream homes.