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Renewing concrete driveways, patios and sidewalk damaged by harsh weather

Now that the United States has emerged from one of the worst winters in the past century, homeowners are starting to take notice of damage caused to their driveways, patios, sidewalks, and other concrete surfaces. This past winter featured an average temperature of 31.3 degrees Fahrenheit and the 10th largest snow cover since 1966, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. Concrete is like a rigid sponge that snow and other precipitation penetrate, freeze, expand and eventually thaw; those repeated freezing and thawing cycles cause unsightly cracking, flaking, and spalling.

The winter damage has left many homeowners with concrete surfaces that are structurally sound, but aesthetically unpleasant to the eye. Traditionally, most homeowners would remove the old, broken concrete and pour a new slab, which can be very expensive. However, an attractive alternative for renewing the surface at a fraction of the cost is Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer. In fact, removing and pouring a new slab of concrete costs $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot compared to approximately 25 cents per square foot with a resurfacing product. Not only is it cost efficient, but the concrete resurfacer also provides strength and durability to the renewed concrete surface.

Steps for resurfacing concrete

When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves then follow these steps:

• First, rigorously clean the concrete with a 3,500 PSI pressure washer to remove all dirt and debris from the concrete surface.

• Repair any deep cracks and spalled areas in the concrete with concrete resurfacer and allow to harden.

• Completely saturate the surface with water and then remove any standing water with a squeegee.

• Place weather stripping over concrete joints.

• Mix one 40-pound bag of Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer with water in a five-gallon bucket for about five minutes until a pancake batter consistency is achieved.

• Pour the concrete resurfacer onto the concrete in 1-foot wide strips.

• Scrub the material into the concrete surface using a long handled squeegee.

• Evenly spread the concrete resurfacer back and forth onto the concrete surface.

• Apply a non-slip finish using a concrete broom after about five minutes.

For temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit, moist cure with a fine water mist for 24 to 48 hours.

For more tips, directions and information on Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer, visit or look for Quikrete on Facebook.

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