How to Cover a Broken Cement Driveway


Made from cement, aggregate and water, cement driveways are built to sustain decades of harsh weather and daily use. Over time, though, fine cracks grow larger, turning a smooth surface into a broken slab. Covering these damaged areas is a two-part project that entails repairing the cracks and then pouring a thin layer of new cement over the old. Do-it-yourselfers should schedule a weekend for this task and seven days for it to set.

Things You'll Need

  • Power washer
  • Medium-bristle brush
  • Degreaser
  • Hose
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Wire brush
  • Vinyl reinforced patching compound
  • Putty knife
  • Pry bar
  • Bonding adhesive
  • 4-inch-wide paint brush
  • Roller brush
  • Latex cement
  • Trowel
  • Portland cement
  • Aggregate
  • Sand
  • Squeegee
  • Burlap

Repair Driveway Damage

  • Power wash the driveway, and go over it with a medium-bristle scrubbing brush. Pour degreaser over stains, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then scrub the stains, and rinse off the solution with a hose.

  • Widen cracks, using a hammer and chisel. Invert the angle of the chisel so the bottom of the crack is wider than the top. Clean out any fallen bits of cement with a wire brush.

  • Fill the cracks with vinyl reinforced patching compound, using a putty knife. Overfill the cracks, and spread the excess over the surrounding pavement.

  • Pry out loose chunks in any holes or ruts with a pry bar. Coat the inside of the cavity with bonding adhesive, using a 4-inch-wide paintbrush.

  • Scoop latex cement into the holes with a trowel, and smooth it with the flat end. Wait two days for the patches to set.

Cover Patched Cement

  • Spread bond adhesive over the patched surface with a fine-napped roller brush.

  • Stir one part Portland cement with two parts aggregate, three parts sand and a small dose of water to make a spreadable but thick consistency.

  • Scoop the mix on the driveway, and spread a 1/2- to 1-inch-thick layer with a trowel. Smooth any lines left by the trowel with a squeegee.

  • Cover the pavement with burlap, and spray it with water so the new surface won’t dry out too quickly.

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