Whether you are pouring new concrete or looking to repair an existing surface there are many options to transform drab concrete into an inviting, decorative surface that will provide character to your driveway or patio and compliment the exterior of your home.
There are many conditions that can shorten the lifespan of a concrete driveway, patio,or walkway and result in unsightly cracking, discoloration, settlement or scaling. The typical causes of concrete distress include an improperly compacted subgrade, exposure to severe weather conditions, the use of an inadequate concrete mix, or bad placement procedures. As long as the driveway or patio is structurally sound, you can often save money by repairing rather than starting over.
If there is damage to the concrete, the first and most important step is to figure out what caused the damage and then determine the best repair procedure. Depending on the condition of the concrete and your budget, your options for repair and transformation range anywhere from a simple color enhancement to complete resurfacing.
Concrete is simply a mixture of Portland cement, aggregate like stones and sand, and water. The water reacts with the cement and forms a bond which binds the cement to aggregate to form a very hard structure. Concrete was used thousands of years ago but has improved dramatically in the last 100 years. It is used in roads, sewers, buildings, bridges, tunnels, and even boats. Protecting it and enhancing it has become an industry all its own.