Your driveway is the first thing people will see when visiting your home, so it’s vital that you keep it in good condition! Here’s how to repair cracks in your concrete driveway:
Clean the cracks — Make sure that there is no debris that will come loose when you try to repair the concrete. Remove any rocks, dust, and concrete chips from the crack, and give it a good scrubbing with a wire brush or broom. You want the surface to be as clean as possible before applying the fresh concrete.
Fill the cracks — Use a fresh batch of concrete to fill in the cracks, or use concrete caulking or sealer. You won’t need a huge amount of concrete for smaller cracks, but always be certain to have extra. The cracks will always be larger than you think, so you’ll want to have plenty of concrete to ensure that the crack is filled completely. Use a trowel to push the mixture down and compress it fully to fill the crack.
Let it sit — The concrete will take time to dry, so make sure to avoid using that section of your driveway for up to 24 hours after the repair (depending on the type of material used). Leave a “Wet Concrete” sign to ensure that no one steps on the fresh concrete. Giving it time to sit will ensure that it cures and dries properly, reducing the risk of cracks and further damage.
Use a sealant — Concrete tends to soak up water, which is why it cracked in the first place. Use a concrete sealant to reduce water absorption and to seal any tiny cracks that you can’t see.
Quick and easy, but it’s a repair that will keep your driveway looking good!