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Replace or Repair My Concrete Driveway?

One of the questions we get asked most often is: “Can you fix my concrete driveway or does it need to be replaced?” Although the decision is often personal, whether to repair or replace has to be determined on a case-by-case basis because it comes down to the origin and extent of the damage.

Concrete PaversA decade ago replacing damaged concrete was often the only choice.  But things have changed.  Construction has been positively affected by technology and now repair products are stronger and more durable than their predecessors.

If the work can be restored to its original integrity or if the surface is merely worn down or slightly chipped, then a repair is a viable option.  However, if the concrete has deteriorated due to something like poor installation or weather conditions, replacing the existing driveway would be the best option.

It’s important to point out concrete will eventually wear out.  Over time, the elements will cause the concrete to break down.  It expands in the heat and contracts in the cold, resulting in cracking due to the stress caused by the expansion and contraction.  A good rule of thumb is this: if the repair requires more than two inches of material, replace the concrete. If it’s less than that, it can probably be restored to its original integrity and aesthetics.

As I started saying, whether to replace or repair will almost always be subjective.  When time, money and resources are a priority, repairing is usually the most attractive alternative.  But if the situation is more obvious or problematic, replacing is the only option.  Either way, it’s always a good idea to educate yourself and request at least two quotes.

So, if you want a FREE QUOTE from All Seal Exteriors, call 954-227-9968 today, or send us an e-mail: info@allsealonline.com.

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Ask the Experts: “How Do I Care For My Pavers?”

Brick pavers are one of the most appealing and versatile materials for outdoor designs. They can be used for walkways, driveways, patios, swimming pool decks and much more. But, as with many home improvement materials, they’re also an investment.  As such, it’s important to learn about the proper care and maintenance.

Pavers MaintenanceBecause of constant exposure to tires, oil stains, footprints and the elements, your pavers will get dirty and require maintenance. Good cleaning habits like routine sweeping and hosing off will help minimize the need for professional cleanings; however, it’s a good idea to have your pavers professionally cleaned.

All pavers are different and cleaning methods and materials should not be considered “one size fits all.” Some widely available cleaners may be too harsh on natural stone pavers, while others may contain too much acid. An outdoor construction specialist has the knowledge of the material and the access to the equipment to instantly transform the look of your outdoor space. With the right tools and experience, they can regenerate the look of your pavers without using excessive pressure, which can ultimately harm the brick pavers. At the same time, they will replace the sand in between the bricks that normally erode with time and the wash, and apply a sealant to maintain the clean surface and prevent weed growth.

In order to transform your outdoor space to its original pristine shape, it’s best to invest in a professional cleaning and sealing atleast once a year. The increased lifespan of your pavers will certainly offset the cost.

Contact All Seal Exteriors today and speak with one of our representatives about our professional paver cleaning and sealing services.

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