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Damaged Concrete Drives and Paths: Repair or Replace?

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Damaged Concrete Drives and Paths: Repair or Replace?

Thanks to the unpredictable and consistently dreary British weather, outdoor concrete surfaces such as driveways and paths can wear away quicker than you might expect. When faced with unsightly cracks and damage, homeowners are left with a difficult decision: try to repair the damage or invest in a complete replacement. In this article, our EasyMix Concrete team is going to explore the considerations for both options to help homeowners make an informed choice.

Assessment of damage

Before diving into the decision-making process, you’re going to want to carry out a thorough assessment of the extent of the damage. Small surface cracks may be superficial and easily repairable, while deeper structural issues may necessitate a more comprehensive solution. Walk around your driveway and paths, noting the size and depth of cracks, as well as any uneven surfaces.

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Repair options

Resin-based crack repair

For minor surface cracks, resin-based crack repair kits are readily available. These kits, widely accessible in local home improvement shops, provide a simple yet effective solution for superficial damage. Apply the resin to the cracks, allowing it to seep into the gaps and create a durable, weather-resistant seal.

Concrete patching

Larger cracks and small potholes can be addressed with concrete patching. This involves applying a premixed concrete patch to the damaged areas, and then smoothing it out for a seamless finish. Ensure the patching material is suitable for outdoor use and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Power washing and sealing

Sometimes, the appearance of damage is more cosmetic than structural. Power washing can remove dirt and grime, which could solve 90% of the problem. Applying a concrete sealer adds a layer of protection against the elements, brings life back to the surface of the concrete and prevents further deterioration.

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Considerations for replacement

Extent of damage

If the damage is extensive, affecting a significant portion of the driveway or path, replacement might be the more practical choice. Multiple cracks or deep fissures may indicate structural issues that are beyond the scope of repair.

Age of the concrete

Consider the age of your concrete surfaces. As there are a wide range of driveways and paths out there, your driveway or path may be reaching the end of its lifespan, which means replacement could be a more sustainable long-term solution. It’s also worth keeping in mind that newer concrete technology often provides enhanced durability and resistance to weathering.

Aesthetic preferences

Sometimes, homeowners simply choose a replacement to achieve a fresh aesthetic. And on top of this, upgrading to a different finish, colour or pattern could improve the kerb appeal of your property, adding value to your home when it comes time to sell.

Cost considerations

Both repairs and replacements come with associated costs. While repairs are generally more budget-friendly, they may only be a short-term solution. Replacement, though a more significant investment, offers long-term benefits and a clean slate for a revamped outdoor space. 

Ultimately, which route you choose will come down to individual circumstances, but just remember that replacing your concrete drive or pathway could end up paying for itself in the long run with the value it adds to your home.

Choose EasyMix Concrete

If you’re looking to replace your concrete drive or pathway, EasyMix Concrete can help. We can work with you to create a mix that fits your exact needs and preferences, and you only pay for what you use too, so you never have to worry about over-ordering.

We cover the areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, so if you’re in one of those areas and want to take advantage of our services, give us a call on 0800 169 6401!

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