Driveway Resurfacing vs. Rip and Replacing Concrete

Driveway resurfacing is cost-effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal. Compared to ripping out and replacing a worn-out driveway, resurfacing has the potential to save you money while delivering the results you want.

Driveway Resurfacing vs. Rip and Replacing Concrete

Driveway Repair Can Get Expensive

It’s expensive to rip out an old concrete driveway. You need to excavate the crumbling concrete and haul it away. Then the underlying soil must be compacted and prepared for the new concrete mixture. This critical part of the process directly influences how long it will last.

After the new concrete is poured, you have to wait for it to cure before you begin using it. Then you need to fix all the landscaping destroyed in the excavation process. Overall, it takes time and it’s pricey.

Is it worth it? Or do you have another option?

Consider the Driveway’s Age

If your driveway is over a couple of decades old, replacement might be your best bet. You can’t successfully resurface a driveway that is on its way out — you’ll only buy some time. On the other hand, if you only have superficial, aesthetic damage, you can get a new look for a lot less money than a new driveway would cost.

There Is a Middle Ground

Driveway resurfacing works because the entire top layer is removed and replaced, and all the cracks and minor defects are filled. Many homeowners also choose to put a coating over the top layer to the decorative appeal.

Concrete resurfacing is a task that we can complete in a day or two, and you don’t have to wait weeks or months to use it.

Best of all, it will look like you get a whole new driveway, but for a fraction of the price of ripping out and replacing the entire thing. However, for resurfacing to work, it’s essential that the foundation is solid. If your driveway is cracked and crumbling down to its core, resurfacing might not be an option.

What is the best way to tell? Schedule a consultation with Packman’s Coatings.

Driveway resurfacing is an exciting project, and it’s one we’d love to help you accomplish. We’re happy to come to your home and provide a free quote. Check out our gallery of finished projects and call us any time with questions about our process.