A driveway is one of those places that need to look good and perform well. Although there are paving materials out there that can do all these, only concrete is versatile enough to provide better form and function at an economical cost. Resurfacing or refinishing concrete driveways provides property owners with the opportunity to enhance curb appeal, offering a vast array of pattern, color, and texture options. It helps create slip-resistant surfaces that are safe to drive on. It protects your investment in ways you never thought possible.
Driveway Problems & Repair Solutions
Concrete is a very durable paving material. However, just like any other materials out there, it could wear out and acquire damage. Here are the most common concrete driveway issues, what causes them, and what could be done to resolve them.
Cracks – There different types of cracks and different things that cause them. The driveway is often used and so any crack that appears could be caused by daily use, the weight of vehicles, and the changing temperatures of the outdoors.
Cracks can be filled in or resurfaced to cover up cracks.
Spalling or Scaling – These occur on the top layer of a concrete driveway. Scaling is caused by an improper drying or curing process where there is either too much water or not enough of it. Spall offs are caused by freeze-thaw damage. Since both are just on the top layer of the driveway, it can be fixed with a good coating or overlay.
Uneven Slabs – When the subgrade settles or moves, the slab is most likely to sink or rise in certain areas. Mudjacking or slab jacking is an efficient method of making it even again.
Driveway Resurfacing & Refinishing Options: Stamped, Spray Texture, Stain
If you need to revamp the concrete driveway, there are affordable options out there that could give it a new look and make it perform better than it ever did.
Stamped Concrete Overlay – This cementitious material is highly recommended if you want an attractive concrete stamped driveway that will make heads turn. It offers a wide range of patterns, some of which are those that can imitate the look of high-end paving materials. The most popular patterns for driveways are brick, flagstone, fractured slate, and more.
Spray Knockdown Finish – This is an acrylic concrete coating that is sprayed on a driveway and then knocked down using a trowel. This process creates a look that is as unique as stucco but with a more subtle texture. This troweled concrete finish is known for its slip-resistant surface and its ability to maintain a cool temperature despite being under the heat of the sun.
Stained Concrete – Driveway staining is one easy way to renew the look of an old and boring driveway. Acid and water-based stains can both be used in outdoor settings. Driveway recoloring can be done on a plain slab or on a coating or overlay.
Concrete Driveway Cost
It is safe to say that decorative concrete driveways are more affordable than other methods of repair. However, there is no fixed rate since there are many factors involved that could influence total cost significantly.
- The size of the project or concrete space
- Any cleaning, repair, or surface preparation tasks that need to be done prior to installation.
- The type of material and installation system used.
- Any additional services, like custom scoring, engraving, and more.
Ready for a better-looking and highly functional decorative concrete driveway? Call (512) 270-2542 today!
Nothing is more disconcerting than coming home to an old and boring concrete driveway. Fortunately, there are ways to make this better at an economical price. Austin Concrete Artisans is a leading decorative concrete company that specializes in driveway resurfacing, refinishing, and repair systems. We have over 20 years of experience in this industry and we know how reliable coatings and overlays are when it comes to breathing new life into your concrete driveways.
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