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How Residential Driveways Can Be Repaired

Posted by Daniel Wood on Thu, Nov 08, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Residential DrivewaysResidential driveways in a sad state detract from the home. Cracks, gouges and other deteriorating areas draw attention away from the curb appeal of the house.  A disintegrating driveway leaves a bad impression in a visitors mind, associating a neglected driveway with a neglected home.

A Driveway "Facelift"

Repairing your driveway can be like a facelift for your property. It enhances the appearance of the lawn and home, giving a balanced visual effect. Without jackhammers and heavy equipment essentially ripping up sections, your driveway can be repaired quickly in only a short time.

Concrete Driveways

Using the latest in vinyl and polymer concrete repair materials, experienced concrete contractors can make your driveway look as if it has just be poured. There are a few standard steps necessary to give that "just poured" appearance:

  • Seal Cracks -- Cracks, once started, weaken neighboring areas, creating other cracks. The first thing an experienced contractor will do is use state-of-the-art materials to fill and seal those cracks. The material will strengthen and bond well to existing concrete.

  • Seal Off Expansion Joints -- Expansion joints must be kept intact. Before applying a coat of refinishing material, your contractor will cover the expansion joints to prevent filling them with the repair material.

  • Top Coating -- A top coating of specially-formulated concrete is applied to the driveway. Although thin, it hides all the problem areas and creates a uniform look. Once down, it's given a non-slip texture and allowed to cure.

After the top coating is cured, a masonry sealer is applied to waterproof the driveway and add years of life to the concrete.

Asphalt DrivewayConcrete Contractors

Asphalt residential driveways should undergo a similar -- but not exact -- repair technique:

  • Fill Cracks and Potholes -- Sealing cracks, both large and small, is the first step in repairing asphalt residential driveways. Loose chunks of asphalt and any trash that has accumulated in these areas should be removed before beginning the process.

  • Pothole Filling -- Before patching potholes, there should be a base of gravel used to fill in the bottom. This creates a stronger foundation for filling in the missing material.

  • Sealing -- After all gaps and cracks are filled, the asphalt should be allowed to cure a few days. Once cured, a generous coating of asphalt sealer will finish the job, giving a uniform appearance.

These are just basic repair steps for residential driveways. A professional job is more complicated but leaves a stable, smooth surface that wears well and lasts for many years to come..