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Improving The Appearance Of Your Concrete Driveway And Walkways: Tips For You

by Harvie Simms

When you have concrete surfaces as a part of your home landscaping, whether they make up your driveway, walkways or stairs into your home, you may be disconcerted when you begin to notice cracks and other signs of aging and wear. Because you take pride in how your home looks and you want to make sure that your concrete surfaces do not negatively impact your home's appearance, you may wonder what you can do to fix the problem. Get to know some of the ways that you can improve the appearance of your concrete landscaping elements so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Fill Small Cracks As You Notice Them

In order to save yourself more difficult concrete repairs later, it is important to stay on top of things. As soon as you notice small cracks in your concrete, you will want to fill them with a basic concrete filler.

You will want to make sure that your concrete surface is dry when you do this and that rain is not predicted  the day you are working. This will allow you to work more easily and gives the filler time to harden and set.

First, clean out the crack of as much loose debris and dirt as you can. A small broom or a wire cleaning brush work best. Now you can fill the crack. Depending on the concrete filler you use, you can use a caulking gun or a putty knife to place and smooth the filler over the crack. Allow it to set and harden before walking or driving directly on that surface.

Two Options When Your Concrete Has Larger Cracks

If you missed a small crack in your concrete that became large or your surfaces have just been greatly damaged, then you will need to take a different approach to your concrete repairs. There are two options that work best for larger cracks in the concrete.

The most common option is to chisel or jackhammer the cracked portion of your surface out and re-pour your concrete in that area. Of course, this takes a great deal of muscle power and effort. Many people will even opt to have their entire driveway or sidewalk replaced in such a scenario because it can be easier than digging out specific areas and then filling them in.

Another option that makes the process of dealing with larger concrete cracks easier is concrete resurfacing. Resurfacing essentially means that you will put another layer of concrete (specifically a concrete/polymer blend) on top of your damaged concrete surface. It will simultaneously fill in the cracks and damage and cover the surface of your concrete, making the surface look new and refreshed. This is also a labor-intensive process as you will cover the entire surface area of your concrete driveway or sidewalk, but is still easier than removing all or part of your existing concrete surface.

Now that you know more about how you can improve the appearance of your concrete driveway and walkways, you can get started as soon as possible and make sure your home is always looking great. Contact a pro, like D & R Masonry Restoration, Inc., for more help.