Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level

Over time, your concrete driveway is bound to show a little wear and tear. Small cracks are a minor problem that you may be able to fix yourself, but large cracks or holes may be best left to the professionals.

When to Make Repairs Yourself

Unless your driveway has a large number of cracks or it starts to show signs of structural problems, you can probably take care of minor problems yourself. All you need to do to take care of isolated holes and small cracks is to fill them with a high quality concrete patching compound. Concrete repairs are best done during the spring or summer when the weather is warm and dry. If you notice cracks or holes during the winter, you can fill them temporarily with concrete caulk to prevent water from seeping into the crack and causing it to spread. When the weather warms up, you can then perform a more permanent repair.

To repair holes and cracks in your concrete driveway, use a hammer and chisel to chisel out a section of the hole or crack, making it wider at the top than the bottom. Next, brush in some latex bonding glue, then fill in the area with a patching compound. After repairing an area, keep it covered with a plastic sheet or tarp for at least one week. If your driveway has been painted, you may also need to fill in the area with masonry paint so the repaired area matches the reset of your driveway.

When to Call a Professional

If your driveway starts to exhibit multiple cracks or deep holes, or if areas of concrete begin to pop up out of the driveway, it may be a job best for a professional. In Memphis,  SurfaceScapes are trained experts on not only repairing concrete driveways but we have a range of tools and expertise to help beautify the concrete once the repairs are done.

Resurfacing a concrete driveway is a common way of improving a homes curb appeal while adding value and decor.  A professional concrete service technician will be able to tell you whether the problem can be repaired or if an entire section of the driveway needs to be replaced.

For concrete driveways, small cracks and other minor cosmetic problems are typically simple enough for the average homeowner to repair. When the problem becomes widespread or if it is a structural issue, however, it is best to leave the repairs to a Memphis concrete repair and resurfacing professional.

Many people are well aware that their wooden decks, patios, sidings and fences will rot away with time and they need to apply properly sealants to keep their investment in tiptop condition. However, they do not realize that not only wooden or other less corrosion resistant materials need sealing, but their exposed outdoor concrete surfaces need maintenance as well.

Why You Should Seal Concrete?
If you are living in a house in Memphis and have installed a patio for instance thats comprised of concrete, then it is vital for you to take its maintenance seriously. We have all seen cracked, broken and spalled, chipped concrete basements, driveways, sidewalks and even walls in homes. Water is the main culprit here.

As moisture enters the cracks, fissures and voids in the concrete’s surface, the alternating cold and warm temperatures causes the water to contract and expand, hence ultimately destroying the internal bonding of the concrete material itself.

And this is not just the consequence of seeping water in its liquid or solid (ice) form. Even the moisture content in the air – known as humidity – can also adversely affect the concrete’s composition. In addition to hazardous forms of water, the concrete is also affected by oil, dirt, chemicals, grease and stains that can mar it.

Benefits of Sealing Concrete Surfaces
Now that we know what causes concrete surfaces to rot away and deteriorate, let us look at what benefits you can reap by sealing and coating concrete in Memphis:

Sealing concrete prevents accumulation of dirt and grease on the surface, and hinders penetration of chemicals, water, UV rays and other affecting elements.

Sealants make the concrete surface easier to clean and maintain.

They increase the durability and longevity of the concrete.

Unpleasant things like musty odors, spalling, crumbling, efflorescence, cracking, etc. are reduced.

Sealants penetrate deep inside the surface and fortify the corrosion resistance even more.

Apart from protecting the surface, they even bring out the true colors of your decorative concrete surfaces.

The concrete found in an outdoor living space around a Memphis home is an investment, and keeping its beauty intact is necessary. Maintaining your decorative concrete is as simple as making a call to SurfaceScapes, the experts in concrete coatings and repair in Memphis and surrounding areas.  With a variety of solutions for the many different concrete issues that may face you today SurfaceScapes can provide minor maintenance like applying a clear sealant, to major renovations that could include complete concrete overhauls and decorative concrete coating applications for both residential and commercial projects.  I little bit of maintenance goes a long way towards the longevity of your concrete.

Concrete is one of the most popular types of hard surface materials around homes and businesses and there’s little reason to suggest otherwise. That said maintenance of your concrete is usually easier said than done. Over time, your concrete can start to show cracks spalling, pitting and damage.  However, the beauty of concrete allows you to fix it when it becomes unsightly.  If your concrete in Memphis looks salvageable it probably is.  Here is a overview and some general rules of thumb when fixing spalled, cracked and pitted exterior concrete surfaces.

Fixing Concrete starts with removing all the dirt and debris from the concrete surface using a brush. For exterior concrete surfaces, pluck out all the weeds growing in the cracks and around the edges of the surface.
Pressure wash the surface, and scrub them thoroughly using a mild detergent so that the area is perfectly clean and ready for repair.
If you will be fixing cracks, prepare the cracks by grinding and opening the cracks to allow the material to better penetrate and get a better bond to the damaged area.

Apply the concrete patch or epoxy solution that you are using to fill the cracks. Once the desired amount of crack repair product  on the cracked surface is evenly applied use a scraper or trowel to smooth it out.  With the flat and blunt edges, you can scrape off and seam any uneven application.  If you have any left over material  use the remaining mixture to fill deep voids or apply on the edges and boundaries if they are uneven.
Once the cracks have been addressed and the deep pits or chips filled.  Let dry or cure.
If the look of the repairs are not to your satisfaction you may consider a thin resurfacing material to even out and create a consistent look and finish.

For detail on resurfacing options visit Concrete Overlays and Resurfacing

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