|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: All concrete driveways require a bit of maintenance after years of constant use and exposure to the elements, and eventually just about every homeowner will find it necessary to patch their concrete driveway in some manner. As the concrete in a driveway ages it becomes prone to cracks that when left unattended grow into large crevices and even into potholes that can become quite deep and wide.
While to patch a concrete driveway is not difficult to do yourself, it is always best to address driveway issues quickly before they expand into the scope of a major repair that may need professional intervention which can be extremely expensive in some instances.
Step 1: The tools necessary to patch a concrete driveway are somewhat basic - a wheelbarrow to mix concrete in, a trowel, a shovel, a broom, a small hammer and chisel and either a garden hose or pressure washer. The first step is to decide what type of concrete mix you want to purchase, either premixed concrete or Portland cement that you mix with sand yourself.
While making your own concrete using Portland cement usually lasts longer than the ready made concrete mix it can be made improperly resulting in a weak repair. So for the purpose of this article it will be assumed that you have purchased the ready mix variety of concrete.
Mix your concrete inside of the wheelbarrow in moderate sized batches so that it will be used before it dries, and use your trowel to fill existing holes and cracks in your concrete driveway. Make certain to take your time and smooth the new concrete mix in a level manner to make a neat and professional looking repair, and when finished remember to clean your tools well before storing them away.