Concrete is one of the most popular materials for driveways across the country. Concrete looks great, can be installed in as little as a day and is durable enough to last for years and years. That being said, concrete doesn’t last forever. Driveways start to crack over time, which either necessitate quick patches, more significant repairs or total resurfacing.
The choice of making driveway repairs in Racine, WI, as well as patching or resurfacing, is obviously yours to make, and which one you choose depends on several different factors. Continue reading to learn more about each of these choices and how Langenfeld Masonry & Concrete can help return your driveway to its original glory.
Your first option when your driveway starts to crack is to patch it up. You can patch it by yourself for approximately $3 to $5 per square foot. This process isn’t necessarily hard, as long as you know what you’re doing and have all of the right materials for the job. With a little help from a friend, you can expect this project to take a couple of hours, depending on how many patches you need to make. All in all, it’s a good option if you just want to fix a few cracks and you don’t want to spend a bunch of money.
The downside of patching up cracks is that the patches won’t last forever. Rain, sleet, snow and other elements will eventually get in between the patch and the original cement. These penetrating elements will crumble the material and leave you with a cracked driveway once again. This time, these cracks will necessitate professional driveway repairs in Racine, WI.
Moving up the severity scale, we have professional driveway repair. Instead of patching up cracks with DIY cement mix, we’ll come in and fill those cracks with professional mix. After the cracks are filled, we’ll put sealant on them that helps keep the elements out for longer than your patch job will be able to. Driveway repairs are a bit more expensive than patching it yourself, simply because you have to pay a contractor to do the work for you. Though you’re paying a bit more upfront for professional repairs, those driveway repairs will last longer and look better than anything you attempt to do on your own.
Your last (and most expensive) option is to resurface your driveway. Depending on the size of your driveway, resurfacing could potentially set you back a few thousand dollars, but you’ll also end up with a brand-new driveway that looks great. You should consider resurfacing your concrete if your driveway is over 20 years old, if the cracks are really wide or if you’re planning on selling your home soon. The benefits of resurfacing often outweigh the high price tag.
As mentioned above, it’s your driveway, so the choice is ultimately yours to make when your driveway starts to crack. One decision that’s easy to make, though, is picking Langenfeld Masonry & Concrete to complete any necessary driveway repairs in Racine, WI. Our team has years of experience repairing and resurfacing concrete driveways of all shapes and sizes. There’s literally no job too big or too small for us to tackle!
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