Asked on Jun 21, 2020

Flower Scars on a new driveway concrete.

Agnes ChrzanowskaLynn SorrellMorgan McBride
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Hi,


I just have a new driveway concrete done. While the new concrete was pouring to my driveway, I saw the tree next to the driveway had a lot of flowers dropping on it. The workers didn't say anything. I thought they knew how to handle it afterward. But after the concrete is dry, it has a lot of flower scars on it. my contractor said he will patch it but I don't feel that is the right way to fix. can someone advise what is the best way to fix this so I can discuss with my contractor? Thanks!!!


14 answers
  • Nan W.
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Terry: another approach would be to paint the "flower scars" with concrete paint -- and CELEBRATE them!!

  • I don't blame you for not wanting scars or patches all over your newly poured concrete, Terry. I would check with other concrete contractors to see how they would deal with this problem. Personally, I think it was sloppy work on the part of the workers doing the pour. Good luck, I hope you get this resolved.

  • Cynthia H
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I believe it could be resurfaced, rather than patched. The debris should have been removed while they were working the finish on the concrete. It is a sloppy job. Discuss with the contractor what other options he can offer. Let's face it, concrete sidewalks, patios, porches, etc. are all done outside and I've never seen a mess like this. I thinking patching would be just as bed. I'm no expert, but, we just had a new sidewalk put in, with a tree nearby, traffic going by, wind blowing, and that one guy put a perfect finish on our long sidewalk. Insist on the best option possible. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Cindy
    on Jun 22, 2020

    Hi Terry. I can certainly see why you're upset. That is a terrible application especially because I know how expensive a concrete driveway costs. I would start by complaining to the contractor. If you don't get 100% satisfaction, go above his head to the owner of the company. Still not satisfied, contact the BBB. And write a review on their web site. Include these pics if you can. Good luck Terry. I hope all this works out for you.

  • William
    on Jun 22, 2020

    Patching would be the only solution. Let the contractor do the work and see if it's to your satisfaction. Also ask for some kind of discount due to his workers negligence

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jun 22, 2020

    Hello there,

    Maybe it would have been better to have chosen a time when the tree was bare, therefore you would not have had the problem. This is a difficult one to answer, Who's fault is it?? Maybe live with it or let the contractor try to help! The only way to get a perfect drive in this situation would be to use a fine net to completely cover the tree, or cut it down or as I said first of all, choose a time when the tree will not be a problem!


  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I would first see the final result. I cant imagine anyone being happy with that surface. But I would image this happens a lot unless they only work certain times of the year. You can let them know your concerns now and if the results are not good withhold final payment until it is fix to your satisfaction.

  • K. Rupp
    on Jun 22, 2020

    That's ridiculous. They should have blown the tree first to get all the loose stuff off from falling and after the pour they should have covered with plastic. How many years have they been in business?...you would think that would be common practice. Plastic is used a lot after a pour. I would complain again. If they said they will patch it, have them come out again. Not sure patching will hold up but maybe you can get some money off. That's infuriating.


    We have been burned before with outdoor contractors. I then made a list of questions I will be asking the next time we are dealing with contractors on the first day of the "free quote". Anyway, here is my blog post https://karupp-did.net/patio-contractor-deceit-questions/

    I hope this list of questions helps you in some way. I know it is a completely different situation but take it for the next time you get contractors coming in and if it helps you then, Great!.


    We have to treat contractors as if they are in an interview when we first meet with them. We tend to always look at them as the experts and we need to start questioning more.

  • Cheryl A
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I would tell him to patch it first then re-pour more concrete over the top of it all- otherwise it will be mismatched - sorry he didn't do a better job for you

  • Em
    on Jun 22, 2020

    Sad to say the patches may not adhere to a driveway with a skim coat to cover the dents put in by the tree. I agree they should have used plastic to cover if the tree was loosing blossoms. Skim coating concrete will never last as long as a fresh pour.

  • Janice
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I would let the contractor do what he recommends but document everything that's been done. Maybe you'll be pleased with the patch results and the problem resolved.. If not, then keep talking with the contractor, it really is his job to make you happy within reason. It's great that he's willing to work with you so far.

  • Morgan McBride
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I'd definitely call and get them to fix it!

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Jun 22, 2020

    just a skim coat will never last they really need to redo it all, poorly done job, you should put stop on the payment until it's right like you expect it to be or take them to small claims court this should have never happened.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Jun 30, 2020

    I dont think you will want to patch this ...it will wash away with rain I would advice to add coat to entire surface

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