Concrete Driveway Repair and Resurfacing
Concrete Driveway Repair Specialists Perth
Concrete driveways are a common feature due to their practicality and durability. However, overtime and under conditions such as exposure to the elements, vehicle weight(s), staining and erosion concrete driveway will deteriorate resulting in unsightly cracking, discoloration, settlement and scaling. Left untreated, the damage will continue to worsen, cracks will extend or increase, the driveway will become unstable and, if steel reinforcement is present in the concrete substrate, concrete cancer will develop and the driveway will break apart.
Can you repair a concrete driveway?
A damaged concrete driveway can be repaired however it’s very important that the cause of the problem be eliminated so as to ensure the overall success of the repairs. Methods used to complete a concrete driveway repair will depend upon the amount and/or size of the damage, scaling, spalling and/or cracks.
How much does it cost to resurface a concrete driveway?
The cost to resurface a concrete driveway will depend upon the size of the driveway, the extent of repairs to be completed (prior to the resurfacing) and the type of finish required. Feel free to contact BUSS’ concrete repair team who are happy to provide you with a free assessment/inspection and quote for your concrete driveway resurface.
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What causes concrete driveways to become damaged?
The most common causes of damage to concrete driveways are:
If the driveway was installed using substandard techniques and low-quality materials, then it will show premature signs of damage such as warping, potholes and cracking.
Constant exposure to the elements can have a profound effect on driveways by breaking down some of the driveway components which lead to hairline cracks.
When water seeps into the ground it washes soil away from underneath the concrete, as more and more soil is washed away what’s left is no longer able to hold up the weight of the concrete above and it starts to sink which leads to cracks and uneven surfaces.
If the concrete is too wet upon its application then it can lead to shrinkage cracks. Shrinkage cracks occur due to the drying rate. The loss of moisture from the freshly laid concrete results in a lessened volume, therefore, creating shrinkage cracks.
The repeated pressure from heavy vehicles puts pressure on the driveway’s surface leading to the formation of cracks and breaks.
Tree Root Growth
Located too close to a driveway, tree roots will expand and grow putting pressure on the foundation of the driveway which will lead to the development of cracks and fissures.
How to repair large cracks in concrete driveways
Preparation is always the first step in completing repairs to large cracks in concrete driveways. Any loose pieces of debris around the damaged area must be removed and rough edges smoothed. Cracks should be undercut at the sides to form an inverted V shape which helps the repair material to “key” into the crack which creates a mechanical bond as well as a chemical bond between the repair material and the concrete. Concrete repair material to be mixed and trowelled into the crack, removing air pockets and working the repair material deep into the crack filling it up to the surrounding concrete surface. The surface is then smoothed, with feathering of the repair material into the surrounding concrete. Repair is then left to cure before sealing the surface of the repair patch.
Concrete driveway repairs should be completed by an experienced professional who can determine the best repair solution and product selection ensuring that the technical procedures for preparation and repair are in line with industry standards.
HOW BUSS CAN HELP
Professional repairs can have a disproportionate impact on asset value and therefore it’s important to select a capable contractor to complete the repairs. Drawing on our experience and industry best practice, BUSS’ team have been servicing our clients in the commercial, industrial, residential, mining and resources market for more than 20 years. Our specialist remedial team have been applying their expertise in completing condition assessments, creating action plans to remediate issues, developing repair methodologies, providing product recommendations and undertaking repairs via trusted techniques to eradicate underlying problems and renew assets to their desired state.
Our proven track record in effective remedial solutions and quality workmanship, supported by our affiliation with leading industry organisations – Australian Institute of Waterproofing, the Australasian Concrete Repair Association and the Strata Community Association, along with our Cert III accredited applicators, offer our clients peace of mind for all their concrete repairs. Our association with these leading organisations allows us the advantage of being one of the most qualified, trusted and reputable remedial contractors in WA.
BUSS is your ‘go to’ contractor for all your concrete driveway resurface and/or concrete driveway repair needs in Perth and the metro area, as well as Regional WA. For more information, please feel free to contact us below, or call us on 08 9444 1732 for more information.
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