A damaged driveway can really be a nuisance, and trying to understand the ins and outs of repairing concrete can be very overwhelming. This is why we’ve created the following comprehensive guide to help you through it. Continue reading as we dive into the basics of concrete repair.
Why concrete goes bad
While concrete is the strongest flooring for both outdoor and indoor purposes, it will eventually wear down. When left untreated, its porous surface can become extremely susceptible to damaging elements like temperature and moisture. Other factors that can cause concrete to deteriorate include:
- Over time, the weight of vehicles and their constant grinding of gravel and dirt into the concrete can wear down its surface
- Freeze and thaw cycles can result in cracks as the concrete expands and contracts
- Normal wear and tear or settling can cause concrete slabs to become uneven
- Old concrete finishes can wear off and leave a scaly, faded appearance
- Extended use can result in chips and cracks on the surface as well as exposed aggregate
Restoration and repair options
Different products offer different results when it comes to repairing concrete and creating newer, stronger surfaces. As long as your concrete is not in pieces, chances are, repair is possible. For complete resurfacing or serious cracks, repair mortar should do the trick.
Contrary to popular belief, decorative concrete serves a much bigger purpose than just its beautiful finish. It is actually an extremely efficient repair method. Typically, using decorative concrete to repair damaged concrete doesn’t require any demolition and can add strength and protection to your slab.
If your problem is mainly stains, mold, or exposed aggregate, a decorative concrete overlay with a finishing sealer can revamp your entire slab. This can also be used indoors after removing carpet to cover the damaged concrete that lies beneath. In fact, this solution is ideal because unlike carpet, it resists allergens, smells, dirt, and stains.
At Port Aggregates, our concrete professionals are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have about your concrete, even after we’re finished pouring it. Contact us today with any of your concrete repair questions, or request a quote for your next project!