Many homes have concrete driveways installed. This is because concrete is generally inexpensive and will last up to 30 years if installed and taken care of properly. Even though a concrete driveway has a long life span, it can start to look rundown over the years and become discolored. This also takes away from the curb appeal of your home. To keep your driveway looking new and refreshed, follow the two tips below.
You can hide the discoloration on your driveway by resurfacing the concrete. This gives your driveway a completely new finish and can make it look like you have installed a brand new one. Resurfacing is relatively easy to do, and you can likely do it yourself, along with a little help from your friends and/or family, if you do not have a very large driveway. This can save you a lot of money.
When resurfacing concrete, the resurfacing material is placed directly over your existing concrete. The material is mixed with a special bonding agent, and as it is poured it adheres to the existing concrete to create a smooth and beautiful surface. If you want to completely change your driveway, refinishers are available in a variety of color options.
Engraving your concrete is another way you can hide the imperfection of discoloration. With concrete engraving, you first stain your driveway to a different color. When that is finished, a concrete engraving machine is used. This machine uses a routing bit to cut designs onto the driveway. For example, you could stain the driveway a brick red color and engrave a pattern that looks like bricks. The machine can even make it look like there are mortar lines between the bricks so it looks more authentic. This is much less expensive than installing a brick driveway and will cover the stains of your existing concrete.
If you have small cracks in your driveway along with discoloration, engraving and/or resurfacing will only hide them. Because cracks could become worse over time, you should repair them before you do anything. You can buy concrete patch at a home improvement store to repair them. This process does not take a long time, and you can repair the cracks yourself. If you need help repair the cracks, or have a driveway that is very old and in need of a lot of repairs, contact a concrete contractor like Island Ready-Mix Concrete. They may be able to repair your concrete for you, or they may suggest you install a new driveway.