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  • Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

    I have a concrete driveway that is scaling ( the top smooth surface is cracking off leaving the rough surface underneath intact). I don't want to bear the expense of having it all ripped out and redone. It seems that in the 21st century there should be a way to put a thin durable surface on the concrete to repair it.

    Any suggestions on products to look at?

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    Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

    Who did the job to begin with?????
    Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

    http://www.contractorspub.com

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      Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

      Originally posted by mapdude View Post
      I have a concrete driveway that is scaling ( the top smooth surface is cracking off leaving the rough surface underneath intact). I don't want to bear the expense of having it all ripped out and redone. It seems that in the 21st century there should be a way to put a thin durable surface on the concrete to repair it.

      Any suggestions on products to look at?
      Black top, but you'll need to prep the surface first....
      Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

      http://www.contractorspub.com

      A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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        Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

        Have you used salt or other ice-melters on your concrete drive?

        Blacktop will be less expensive than new concrete, but it won't last as long and will require more maintenance. Not a lot, but more than concrete.
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          Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

          never used the product but noticed our lumber yard was carrying it,

          Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer.

          http://www.quikrete.com/productlines...Resurfacer.asp

          http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/Project...ngConcrete.pdf
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            Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

            have a contractor mill the surface 2" and pour over it. Anything less than 2" will chip off. Make sure you use an additive in teh new concrete to aid in adhesion.

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              Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

              Originally posted by garager View Post
              Who did the job to begin with?????
              The guy who built the house 47 years ago.

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              • #8
                Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

                Originally posted by garager View Post
                Black top, but you'll need to prep the surface first....
                Nope black top is out of the question. It will look like crap. The guy across the street did his. looks really bad.

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                  Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

                  Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                  Have you used salt or other ice-melters on your concrete drive?

                  Blacktop will be less expensive than new concrete, but it won't last as long and will require more maintenance. Not a lot, but more than concrete.
                  Yeah. My dad put rock salt down back in the 80's after a freezing rain / snow storm. The next summer, it started coming apart.

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                    Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

                    Originally posted by BHD View Post
                    never used the product but noticed our lumber yeard was carrying it,

                    Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer.

                    http://www.quikrete.com/productlines...Resurfacer.asp

                    http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/Project...ngConcrete.pdf
                    This sounds like what I am looking for.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

                      To do the job right, it will cost you just as much to resurface as it will to have the drive broken out and replaced.

                      They have some great new products out to resurface but they cost a lot and you have to do a good job of prepping the surface.

                      If your drive is 47 years old, be happy about that. Here in Colorado, if the drive lasts 10 years your lucky.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Concrete drive resurface. Need advice

                        search online for concrete overlays. I have a friend who has an entire business doing this. It holds up very well and does not crack or flake off.

                        This is your ONLY OPTION besides tearing it out.

                        Overlays can also be stained, died and texture matted or stamped as it is better known.

                        No one would ever know the difference between this option and brand new concrete.

                        Good luck! Let me know if you have more questions. I have helped him with a few jobs and i know he has some pictures of before and afters.
                        www.firstresponsedrain.com

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