Resurfacing And Patching Concrete Surfaces

Concreting resurfacing  and patching worn and cracked concrete surfaces of your sidewalk or driveway is not as difficult as you may think. If you follow our steps, you can make the repairs yourself and transform the tired, old surface to a smooth better finish!

Tools Required

You will need the following tools to complete the job:

– hammer
– chisel
– trowel
– concrete edger
– drill (including a paddle mixer)
– high pressure washer
– large bucket
– broom
– gloves and safety googles

Materials Required

You will need to purchase some concrete resurfacer  and some form of weather stripping or duct tape.

The Process

1. Clean the surface and make-good any necessary repairs (the concrete resurfacer bag will have full details). Mix the concrete resurfacer. Section off a small work area (no more than 144 sq ft). Make sure any control and expansion joints are properly maintained. Apply the duct tape/weather stripping to make sure the concrete resurfacer doesn’t spill over in the joints.

2. Put plenty of water on the concrete surface. Remove any surplus water. Pour & spread the concrete resurfacer using a long handle squeegee, scrubbing the resurfacer into the surface.

3. 5 minutes later, apply the broom with full brushes across the full work area, to give a professional, slip-resistant finish. If required, use a concrete-edging tool, but do so before the concrete begins to set (within 20 minutes of the pouring of the concrete).

4. If you require a thicker application, use further thin layers of concrete resurfacer. Alternatively, apply a layer with a trowel after the first squeegee application. If undertaking a trowel application, reduce the water in the concrete resurfacer mix to about 2 and three quarter quarts per 40 pounds of resurfacer.

Always check the concrete resurfacer bag for any additional instructions or any changes required in extreme temperature locations.