Not a lot of people realize at the time that when you pour new concrete, especially when it’s butted up against old concrete, the two will look very different. There are differences in color and texture that are really obvious. Our Robson Ranch, TX homeowner came to this realization a day after he had two shoulders poured next to his original driveway to make it wider. He got the extra space he needed but not the look he wanted. One phone call later, we were looking at it and suggesting going with a driveway resurfacing material that would make it all blend together.
We’re often asked just how tough our material is. It is designed for use on driveways and other exterior surfaces that will have cars, trucks, and other heavy equipment passing over it. I have a friend in the business who applied it to a weighing station floor for 18 wheelers, and years later, it was still in good shape. That is about as extreme a case I can think of when it comes to testing the durability of our driveway resurfacing material.
Now, that doesn’t mean it’s bulletproof. You need to have some common sense when it comes to caring and maintaining it, specifically keeping in mind that if you are doing something on it that might hurt regular concrete, well then it could be affected. Some things might be to dump a load of bricks or stones right on top of it, or grab a six burner combination grill and smoker missing a wheel and drag it across the surface. Our material is tough, but these things will hurt regular concrete and, unsurprisingly, it also hurts the driveway resurfacing material. All is not lost; if this happens, we can often touch up the damage, but it’s better to have the “ounce of prevention” vs. the “pound of cure.”
Our Robson Ranch homeowner was sold on how tough it was but was mostly concerned about how it would look. After talking it over with him, we decided to go with tinting the driveway resurfacing material a light beige color and then scoring (cutting) an eight inch wide border around the perimeter of the driveway and walkway leading to the house. We often will stain the border a different, darker color so that it will contrast nicely with the rest of the area. As we were wrapping it up they asked us if we could score it with a diamond pattern to make it stand out a little more. It was a great idea; it really helped tie it all in together.