How to repair and revive a concrete drive yourself

How to repair and revive a concrete drive yourself

Repairing a concrete drive can look like a big, difficult task – but it doesn’t have to be. With the right products and the right easy-to-follow advice, it can actually be really simple to repair and revive your concrete drive.

So easy in fact, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do sooner.

Don’t spend any longer looking out your window at an old, tired, cracked concrete drive. Just read on, order the low-cost Berg Pro products you need, and breathe new life into your driveway.

You’ll be amazed at how you can transform your concrete drive in just three simple steps.

  1. Clean 
  2. Fill
  3. Seal 

But first, you’ll want to:

Assess the damage

Damaged, worn concrete drive

Before you do anything to repair your concrete driveway, you’ll need to check how bad the damage is.

If you have crumbling edges, big potholes or huge chunks missing, then the chances are you’re not going to be able repair it yourself.

Not unless you fancy digging it up, ordering some fresh concrete and re-pouring your drive.

But this article isn’t about repairing major damage. It’s all about repairing the minor wear and tear to your drive. Things like:

  • Cracks and chips 
  • Lost, faded colour 
  • Worn patches 
  • Stains and spills 

If you want to fix those issues and rejuvenate your drive – perhaps even get it back to how it looked originally – then keep reading.

Step 1: Clean

Cleaner applied to driveway

The first step to repairing your driveway is to give it a good, thorough clean. A deep clean.

You could scrub. You could use a power washer. Or you could just pick up Berg Pro’s Driveway and Patio Super Cleaner.

Mix that with water and brush across your concrete drive, and you’ll be amazed at the difference a good wash can do. It’ll clean up all the old dirt and grime, removing any mis-matched patches where old sealer has worn down.

If you’ve got any algae or black spots on your drive (more common with block paving than concrete) – Berg Pro’s Super Cleaner is just what you need.

Step 2: Fill

Next, you’ll want to fix those small chips in your concrete and fill in any cracks across the surface.

And with Berg Pro’s Chip and Crack Repair, that’s quick and simple too.

All you need to do is pick the colour that matches your current concrete driveway, and we’ll send out a 3kg tub to you. Just mix some of that with water (or sealer), grab a filling knife – and paste away where needed - just like how you’d repair holes and cracks in the wall.

Filling concrete cracks.

A little goes a long way, and in no time at all, you’ll have filled in all those chips.

And if you want to get into those super fine cracks, just brush the chip and crack repair powder directly into them, like you’re sweeping away dust, then cover with a little water or sealer.

repaired crack in concrete drive 

Step 3: Seal

The third and final step to repairing a concrete drive is re-sealing it. This is the most important part… but it’s still really easy with the right sealer and right tools!

Sealing adds a layer of protection to your concrete driveway and is the final touch in transforming an old, worn looking drive. It enhances those repairs you’ve just made and covers up any imperfections. All you need to do is choose between a duller Matt finish, or a wetter Gloss finish.

brushing driveway sealer on
Then get your sealer poured into a bucket and simply brush over you drive. Just make sure it’s completely dry before you apply it.

Check out our full guide on how to seal your own driveway for more details.

Got white spots or blooming? You can repair that too!

If you’ve got any white spots, or a milky cloudy look to your concrete driveway, then that’s easy to repair too with the right product.

It’s called blooming and it happens when sealer is applied in less than ideal conditions – usually when it’s a little wet or damp.

To fix it, you just need some sealer repair fluid!

All you need to do is:

  • Brush the sealer repair fluid across any affected areas (you can even do it across your whole drive if that’s easier). 
  • Wait a couple of minutes for the sealer to feel soft and sticky
  • Brush hard and fast for a few minutes over the white patches until you start to see the white disappear 

What you’re doing is loosening the sealer to allow any trapped air and moisture to escape. Then the sealer will re-set, free from white spots.

Quick, simple, highly effective.

And really affordable too with U-Seal.

With our help, you can repair your own driveway and revive its old look yourself.

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