If your property's concrete driveway is beginning to look worn out and a bit bashed up, you might be considering your options. While it might seem like you have no other option but to install a new concrete driveway, this can be a costly and time-consuming option. However, when it comes to repairing and restoring your driveway, you do have other choices. Below is a brief guide to 3 methods used to repair and restore concrete surfaces.
If your concrete driveway has motor oil stains or a paint job which has begun to fade, acid staining may be just what you need. A concreting contractor will use a mixture of acid and water to remove the top layer of concrete on your driveway. If you wish to recolour your driveway, you can ask the concrete contractor to add a metallic salt to the acid solution. A wide range of different colour options are available. This salt will adhere to the stripped surface of the concrete and make your driveway look great. Finally, the contractor will use a concrete sealer to protect your newly stained drive.
A concrete driveway that has become worn and chipped can look really shabby. If your driveway is structurally sound but requires a facelift, then grinding could be the solution for you. A professional concrete contractor will use a tool to rough up and remove the top layer of your driveway. They will then use a buffer to polish the exposed surface, removing chips, small cracks and stains, until it is completely smooth. They will then treat the freshly buffed surface to help to prevent future damage.
Crushing is a method of recycling the existing concrete. A professional concrete contractor will use specialist tools to pull up the concrete surface of your driveway. The concrete will then be crushed up until it is a fine powder. This fine powder is then remixed with new concrete and re-poured onto the driveway. Because the majority of the concrete mix consists of existing material, this option is cheaper than having your entire drive recovered using fresh concrete. It is also a more environmentally friendly option as the old concrete will not end up in a landfill site.
If you are interested in repairing and restoring your driveway, get in touch with a professional concrete repair service, who will be able to offer you advice before carrying out any necessary work.