Working With What You've Got: How Repairing The Pavement You Have Is A Better Paving Option

If your driveway is a hot concrete mess, you might be tempted to completely repave it. That involves finding paving contractors who can both remove the concrete you have, and reconstruct new concrete in its place. Of course, there is another option, and one which most people consider a better option. It is repairing the concrete and paving over the top. Here is how that would work when you want to work with what you have already. 

It Starts with Mudjacking

The first thing the contractor would do is mudjack all of the concrete into a uniform and level surface. Everything that is broken, sunken, and uneven is pushed upward, and back into its original position when it was first poured. This is done by injecting concrete underneath each broken and uneven piece first, and then pushing the slab as a whole into a level surface. 

The Cracks Are Filled with Cement

Cement is the glue that holds concrete together. Ergo, filling the remaining cracks that exist after the mudjacking is complete will seal the pieces of your driveway back together again. The contractor will need to fill the cracks and then wait for the concrete to dry and harden. When that happens, the final step of the project can begin. 

A New Layer of Concrete Is Poured over the Top

A new thin layer of concrete is poured over the top of the repaired concrete. This layer makes your old concrete driveway appear brand-new, even though it is really just a "face lift" for your driveway. This layer is thick enough not to crack, but thin enough not to need additional layers to maintain it. If you so desire, you can also ask your paving contractors to add asphalt over the top of the fresh layer of concrete when it has finally hardened. 

Why It Is a Better Option

This is a better option for three reasons. One, it is a very budget-friendly way to make your driveway look new again. You are not paying for a ton of fresh concrete to be poured, nor are you paying for removal of all of the old concrete. Two, you are stabilizing the ground and surface under the existing driveway, which you would have to do anyway even if you removed the old concrete. Three (and finally), you still get a great-looking new driveway, which was your intent to begin with.