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How To: Resurface A Concrete Driveway

Concrete is a great material for resurfacing a driveway because of its durability

Even after being exposed to all types of weather conditions and foot traffic, a concrete driveway can easily last for several years. However, visible signs of deterioration may start appearing on the surface with time, indicating that you need to get the driveway repaired

For restoring the appearance and durability of a driveway, there are generally two ways that can be employed. The first is to remove the existing driveway and get a new one installed from scratch, involving a huge investment of time, effort, and money. 

On the other hand, the second method comprises renewing the existing installation using concrete, providing excellent results at a fraction of the cost of a new installation. This is the method we’ll discuss here in this guide today, so read on to know how to resurface your concrete driveway easily.

Resurfacing A Concrete Driveway

For resurfacing your driveway, you will need a couple of things before you can get started. 

Repairing Crack In Old Driveway

Materials And Tools Required

1. Resurfacing Concrete

The resurfacing concrete is the main component you will need for the project.

2. Pressure Washer

The pressure washer will be required for cleaning the existing driveway before you can get started with the resurfacing process. If you do not own a pressure washer, you can easily rent one from the local home centre.

3. Electric Drill

You will need an electric drill fitted with a paddle mixer for mixing the resurfaced.

4. Measuring Pail

A measuring pail is required for measuring the exact quantity of resurfacer and water required for the mixing process.

5. Chisel

For removing flaking concrete from the driveway, you will need a chisel. 

6. Wire Brush

A wire brush is needed to remove small flakes and pieces from the existing driveway during the cleaning process, much like the chisel. 

7. ¼-inch Weatherstripping

You will need to fit weatherstripping into the expansion joints to prevent the resurfacer from filling them. 

8. Safety Glasses

Use protective gear, such as safety glasses, while resurfacing the driveway to prevent any debris from entering your eye. 

9. Long-Handled Squeegee

A long-handled squeegee will make it easy to apply the resurfacer to the driveway. 

10. Five-Gallon Bucket

You will require a five-gallon bucket to mix the resurfacer and water to prepare it for application.

11. Hose

The hose will come in handy for cleaning the driveway and cooling it down. Depending on the weather, you can also use it to mist the newly renovated surface once everything’s done.

12. Hammer

In some cases, you may need to use a hammer to remove broken pieces from the concrete driveway. 

13. Finishing Broom

If you want to give your driveway a non-slip finish, you can use a concrete broom. 

14. Gloves

Another important piece of safety equipment that will keep your hands protected while using the resurfacer is gloves.

The Steps Involved

Now, let’s look at the steps involved in the process.

Pressure Washing Driveway Before Resurfacing

1. Cleaning The Patch And Driveway

The first step in the resurfacing process is to clean the driveway’s surface, which will ensure that the new layer can stick to it easily. Use a pressure washer with 3,500PSI to remove substances, such as flaking concrete, oil, and dirt from the surface. 

After cleaning the surface, look for spalled areas or large cracks on it, as they will need to be repaired using a patching compound. Once the cracks are repaired, wash the entire surface of the driveway thoroughly using a hose and remove the standing water with a broom.

As a result, the concrete resurfacer will remain mixed while less water is drawn out of the surface, lowering the temperature. 

Before proceeding to the next step, you must consider whether the weather is suitable for the resurfacing process. The temperature needs to be over 10 degrees Celsius for at least 8 hours and over zero for at least one day for the resurfacer to cure properly. 

2. Mixing The Concrete Resurfacer

The next step involves mixing the concrete resurfacer properly before it can be applied to the surface, but hand-mixing will not be suitable as it tends to leave behind lumps. One of the effective ways to do this is by using a power drill with a paddle attachment while making sure to have someone assist you. 

Then, get a five-gallon bucket and fill it with water (about three and a half quarts). And ask your helper to pour the concrete into the bucket while you are operating the paddle. 

Mix for a minimum of five minutes and stop when the mixture acquires a thick consistency without lumps. If the mixture becomes too thin, add more resurfacer, or add more water if it becomes too thick. 

Remember that you should not fill the expansion joints with the resurfacer, so get them filled with weatherstripping while you prepare the mixture. 

3. Spreading The Resurfacer Over The Smaller Areas Of The Driveway

The resurfacer will remain usable for about half an hour in temperatures as high as 22 degrees Celsius, but it can harden quickly at higher temperatures. To prevent that from happening, use cold water for mixing and keep the bag away from sunlight, which will help you work for longer.

Additionally, it is a good idea to divide the total area into smaller parts if the driveway is large, with each section having an area of 13.37 square metres at most. 

After the resurfacer has been appropriately mixed, pour it in strips onto the driveway’s surface, with each strip being as wide as one foot. Spread it across the surface using an extendable squeegee, almost as if you are scrubbing the driveway with the material.

Let the new surface set for about five minutes, and, if required, you can apply a non-slip finish using a finishing broom. Use the broom continuously without pauses, making each sweep in one direction to ensure that the surface has a uniform appearance. 

4. Letting The Resurfacer Cure

These are all steps that can help improve the durability and appearance of any driveway. All that remains is to let the resurfacer cure, which will happen more quickly if temperatures are moderate. However, if it gets insanely hot with temperatures over 32 degrees Celsius, you should intermittently mist the driveway for two days. 

It will take about 6 hours for the driveway to become usable for pedestrian traffic, and for vehicles, you will need to wait for 24 hours before parking them. 

Resurfacing Your Concrete Driveway

Compared to a new installation, resurfacing a driveway is simpler and more economical. Most tools and materials required for the process are available at home, which can help speed up the process. However, pay attention to certain factors, such as the weather, which can affect the curing time of the driveway. 

Having said that, DIY can be difficult sometimes. If you believe you need professional assistance, look no further than Top Coat Concrete. Our Sydney concrete specialists can help you resurface your driveway to ensure it lasts for many years. Our concrete resurfacing services are affordable, professional, and of high quality. Get a free quote today!

With that said, it is time to wrap up. Until next time!

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