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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2015

A lot of cracks in my driveway what can I do to replace it

My driveway has a lot of cracks from a sinkhole I had repaired. My driveway is concrete but. I had a man give me a
reasonable price to replace it with acrylic would acrylic be a better choice than concrete

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I presume you mean an overlay or crack repair with acrylic - you can't replace an entire drive with acrylic.


You did not say how big the cracks are. If visibly or probe-able to depth through the entire thickness then your drive is shot and breaking up - ditto if the edges at the cracks are noticeably displaced vertically relative to each other.


If just small shrinkage cracks, then they can be sealed with crack sealer - urethane, acrylic, or acrylic latex (available in caulk tubes) even. That will just limit entry to water and dirt which can promote wider cracking. For true "repair", an epoxy grout would need to be used to give it any strength.


However, if the sinkhole is continuing to undermine the drive or the fill was not fully compacted so the drive is settling, the cracks will come back shortly so would not be wroth putting much $ into it probably.


If you are looking at an appearance issue only, then a modified acrylic or epoxy (epoxy much longer-lived but also more expensive) sealer or thin overlay (epoxy modified grout) can be put over a cleaned surface - though for the overlay by the time you prep the surface, epoxy the cracks, then overlay it you are commonly (for a larger area) getting into the range of total concrete replacement.


To tell you the truth, if talking acrylic overlay (as opposed to crack filler) given the short life (typically less than 3-5 years when done by a typical concrete or driveay guy), I would just have the cracks cleaned and filled with urethane or epoxy crack sealer and call it good, using latex concrete caulk yourself to reseal new cracks as they open up or old cracks as they reopen.


An brush or spray-on acrylic sealer will cover the flaws for a short time, but do nothing to reinforce or "repair" the cracks - it is just equivalent to spraying a coat of paiont on it, though it does stick and wear better than concrete paint.


Driveway - Concrete would be the Search the List category for this sort of contractor - for a cementatious or epoxy overlay most driveway contractors are not up to it technically - a Concrete - Repair specialist would be what you want. However, as I said, rare to overlay a driveway - sometimes an apron in front of the garage and commonly a skimcoat to fill popouts and cracks and provide a superficial appearance boost, but not the whole driveway - cost gets prohibitive.

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