3 Steps For Preparing Your Driveway For Resurfacing

If you notice that your driveway is beginning to look a bit worse for wear, then you may want to consider resurfacing it. This article will discuss 3 steps for preparing your driveway for resurfacing.

Pressure Wash It 

The first step in preparing your driveway for resurfacing is going to be to thoroughly clean it. The best tool to use for this is going to be a pressure washer. With the right power level on the pressure washer and the right cleansing agents, the pressure washer is going to be able to remove all of the dirt, dust, debris, stains, gum, etc. from your driveway. This is going to leave a nice clean surface for the new layer of concrete to adhere to. If you don't have a pressure washer of your own, they are fairly easy to rent, so you shouldn't have a problem getting your hands on one of them. 

Repair Large Cracks And Deeply Spalled Areas 

If you find that your driveway has any large cracks or deeply spalled areas on it, you are going to want to patch these up before you resurface it. To fix these areas, you are going to want to use a mixture that is a combination of a plaster and a paste. This is strong enough to fill in the cracks and spalled areas, but malleable enough to fit into all of the hard to reach areas before it dries. Make sure that this mixture has time to properly dry before you move onto the next step in the preparation process. 

Saturate It With Water

Once the surface has been pressure washed and all of the cracks and spalled areas have been repaired, you are then going to want to saturate the entire surface with water. You can do this using a simple garden hose with a steady flow of water. Once you are done saturating the surface, you will then want to remove any standing water this is left on top of it using an outdoor push broom. Wetting the concrete is a great way to cool it down, which better prepares it for the new layer of concrete that is going to be placed on top of it. Also, by saturating the concrete, you ensure that the concrete isn't going to suck the moisture out of the new concrete mixture that is being placed on top of it, causing it to dry and settle incorrectly.