Asked on Oct 25, 2017

I have a 3 car concrete cracked driveway - any suggestions to fix?

Michele PappagalloLinda SikutFlipturn


5 answers
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 25, 2017

    This is part of the value of your home, I would have it paved, and it will look nice. If you patch it, it's going to look cheap.
  • Linda Sikut
    Linda Sikut
    on Oct 25, 2017

    This might help you make a decision about what to do.

    IMHO, concrete is a pain. I have a friend who had his completely dug out and replaced. Within a month it was cracked. They came and patched it but it didn't match so he now has a puzzle piece driveway. On the other hand, we've had our asphalt driveway since we bought this house in 1972 (It was here so I have no idea how old it really is) We had it recoated and a 3rd car added in the 1980's, had it sealed every few years, had it top coated in about 1995 and again had it sealed every few years and it looks fine. Where I live we do occasionally get minor (you don't always know it happened) earthquakes. Once in a great while we get one that we can hear, but not big enough to do much damage. Those quakes do crack the concrete driveways though. It may start very tiny but it builds. Obviously, changing from concrete to asphalt is not an option for you, but I wanted to put it out there for people who are deciding which kind of driveway to install.
  • Flipturn
    on Oct 26, 2017

    In many parts of the country, a concrete driveway is considered a more expensive feature on a property than an asphalt paved driveway.
    A driveway completed with paving stones or paving bricks is considered superior to both, but is not an average diy project.
  • Linda Sikut
    Linda Sikut
    on Oct 26, 2017

    Wilma, Lynne Webb accidentally replied to me instead of to you so I'm sending it on to you. Just know that if you reply, I'll get your reply, not Lynne Webb. :(

    An hour ago

    It's not IF concrete will crack, it's WHEN. On concretes good side, the older it gets the stronger it is. Old concrete is nearly impossible to 'bust up'. But for cracks, and if you don't want to spend a bunch, sweep some fast setting Quickcrete in the cracks. Don't water it. It will wick moisture from the soil beneath and should set up in about two hours. It's available with or without small rocks in the mix. Rocks are good for stability but it's your call and, we're only talking about cracks.
  • Michele Pappagallo
    Michele Pappagallo
    on Dec 3, 2017

    You can buy concrete repair liquid at your local home center. It comes in a tube like caulk, and you squirt it into the cracks. Smooth it out neatly and let dry completely.
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