How to Improve an Ugly Concrete Driveway

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A concrete driveway is relatively durable and will last several years with little to no maintenance if it was installed properly. Fluctuating weather over the years, however, can affect the surface of your driveway. Cracks may appear as the earth settles beneath, allowing water into the concrete. When that water swells during freezing conditions, the concrete may crack further. Resurfacing the driveway will improve its appearance and fix any holes that may cause further damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressure washer
  • Garden hose
  • Concrete dressing
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Putty knife
  • Concrete caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Duct tape
  • Power drill
  • Mixing paddle
  • Squeegee
  • Push broom
  • Sealer
  • Garden sprayer
  • Sweep the surface of the concrete with a broom. Spray the surface with a pressure washer to remove all dirt and debris.

  • Mix the concrete dressing with water in a bucket according to the instructions on the package. The consistency should be like frosting. Use a putty knife to force the mixture into any driveway cracks that are 1/8-inch wide or narrower.

  • Insert a tube of concrete-repair caulking into a caulk gun. Squeeze the trigger to apply the caulk into any cracks 1/2-inch wide or larger.

  • Apply duct tape to any section divides in the driveway to keep them from filling with concrete dressing. Concrete driveways generally are poured into smaller slabs to prevent cracking. Do not fill these section divides with caulking or concrete dressing.

  • Combine a bag of concrete dressing and water in a bucket according to the package instructions. Mix for two minutes using a 650 rpm drill with a mixing paddle attached. The mixture should be the consistency of frosting.

  • Pour the dressing onto the surface and spread it out using a squeegee. Press down hard on the dressing to force it into the crevices. Work quickly because the concrete dressing begins to set in a short period of time. Have a partner mix the next batch as you work.

  • Brush the surface with a stiff-bristled broom to give the surface texture. Fill in any bare spots.

  • Remove the duct tape from the section divides in the concrete. Allow the concrete dressing to dry for 24 hours.

  • Spray the driveway with a water sealer as instructed on the packaging, using a garden sprayer to apply the sealer.

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