Got a big concrete driveway with lots of cracks in it. I'd like to coat
over the cracks with some material, and then paint over that.
What products are now available for coating over the cracks to get a smooth
It would help if you would tell the group the maximum width of those
cracks and the age of the driveway.
I tried different things for over twelve years to keep after the cracks
in my driveway, which started appearing about a year after it was put
down, but new ones kept appearing because the original job wasn't done
right by whoever the builder hired. I used liquid fillers, stuff in
calking cartridges and "cold patch", none of which lasted more than a
couple of months before the cracks opened up again. It was still
perfectly functional as a driveway, but it just looked crummy.
I finally bit the bullet and had the whole 1400 square feet of crummy
stuff ripped out and redone right last year, with a proper crushed stone
underlayment and two 2" layers of asphalt compacted to maximum. It's
about 15 months old now and is still perfect, with no cracks anywhere. I
coated it a year ago with the most expensive stuff Home Depot sold,
about $22/bucket, and the coating still looks great.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"As long as there are final exams, there will be prayer in public
How about a history? How old is it? When did you first see the cracks?
How wide is the largest? Are they getting any larger? Do you live in an
area that is subject to freezing?
The likely answer is going to be there is nothing that is going to do
what you want. You live with the cracks, pave it over with asphalt or
replace it. I don't recommend the asphalt.
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