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Ins and Outs of Driveway Resurfacing

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Ins and Outs of Driveway Resurfacing

Boy, driveways sure have come a long way.


Back before resurfacing was perfected, the only options a homeowner had in the face of chips and cracks in a driveway involved a giant jackhammer and a whole lot of cursing. Nowadays, resurfacing a driveway is a practical and cost-effective way to preserve and protect your car’s lovely resting area.


With this guide, we’ll take you through the steps required to resurface your driveway, as well as provide tips on when and how to get the right contractor to come out and get your driveway back to ship-shape.

  1. 1.The DIY Guide for Resurfacing Your Driveway

    Resurfacing a driveway yourself is not a beginner’s DIY project. It’s also not the hardest thing to do, either. If you’re confident and capable in your abilities, and can work thoroughly and quickly, then you may be able to successfully achieve your dream of tackling a resurfacing job alone. Here’s how:


    Clean off your entire driveway, a good clean surface is easier to work with, and will make pouring dressing over your existing surface much more effective.


    Fill in any and all cracks that are in existence in your driveway, and mask off all of your expansions with duct tap. You can fill concrete cracks with sealant or grout, while covering up the expansion joints with tape will allow the expansion joint to do it’s job in preventing cracks from expanding concrete.

  2. Back before resurfacing was perfected, the only options a homeowner had in the face of chips and cracks in a driveway involved a giant jackhammer and a whole lot of cursing.
  3. 2.Making the Mix

    When you’re preparing a good concrete dressing mix, we recommend using a drill motor and a heavy-duty mixing paddle to do the trick. An even mixing will ensure a nice smooth consistency for the dressing. Typically, a 20-pound bag of dressing can mix with 2 ½ quarts of water for ideal consistency. Make sure you rinse off the paddle immediately after use!

  4. 3.Pouring and Mixing

    Here comes the tricky part. As you’re pouring the dressing into a slab, you must immediately spread it out and ensure that you can begin making another batch of dressing. Spreading out the dressing can be done effectively with a flat hand trowel. Press down on the mix to ensure it seeps into every nook and crevice, and continue this process until the entire driveway is covered.

  5. 4.Texturing and Drying

    After you’ve got your dressing down onto the driveway, take a medium-light bristled broom (push broom) and lightly draw it across the damp areas of dressing to create a surface that is textured. This will help minimize the risk of slippage as you walk across your driveway later.


    Once everything is poured and textured, give it a chance to dry – this can be anywhere from a few hours to a half a day, depending on the environment you live in.

  6. 5.Bringing in a Pro

    If you’ve got little time to do this project, or don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself – don’t worry! This is a job that many contractors do for clients often, and you should have no problem tracking down a professional that can knock out the resurfacing of your driveway in as little as half a day (depending on the size of your driveway). Contact your local driveway repair contractor for an estimate, and don’t sweat the small stuff, as your driveway will be ready to roll (and roll on) in no time.

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