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Making Your Concrete Beautiful

Most people don't realize it, but you don't have to live with that boring, gray slab of concrete forever. Instead of making your backyard bland and boring, you can actually dye that concrete with a few supplies from the home improvement store. This little blog is all about helping you to know how to make your concrete beautiful, including working with professional concrete contractors. If you have a vision for your deck, patio, or driveway, this blog might give you the information you need to make your dreams come true--which can even help you to improve your home's curb appeal.

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Improve Your Curb Appeal: 2 Easy Ways to Restore the Appearance of Your Concrete

If you're planning on selling your home, you want to make sure you get the most money you can out of it. To do that, you need to make sure everything looks as pristine as possible, including the concrete. Cracks and holes in the concrete can leave your home looking unsightly. Luckily, you don't have to have all new concrete poured to improve the look of your home. Here are three simple ways to repair concrete and restore the appearance of your driveway and sidewalks.

Repair the Cracks

You might think that minor cracks don't need to be repaired. Unfortunately, that's not correct. Small cracks can give way to larger cracks, especially if you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures. Water can seep into the cracks and freeze. Once the water freezes, it expands and causes the surrounding concrete to crumble. You can repair minor cracks using a polyurethane caulk.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Whisk broom
  • Polyurethane caulk
  • Caulking gun
  • Putty knife

Directions

  1. Use your whisk broom to remove debris from inside the crack.
  2. Squeeze a generous amount of caulk into the crack.
  3. Use your putty knife to press the caulk down into the crack.
  4. Continue adding caulk until the crack is filled.
  5. Use your putty knife to smooth the surface of the caulk.
  6. Repeat the process on each crack.

Patch the Holes

Holes in your concrete are not only unsightly, they're a potential hazard, especially if they're big enough to trip over. You want to patch the holes in your concrete as soon as possible.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Small chisel
  • Hammer
  • Whisk broom
  • Gloves
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Concrete repair mix
  • Water
  • Cement trowel

Directions

  1. Use your hammer and chisel to remove the jagged edges around the hole.
  2. Use your whisk broom to clean the inside of the hole.
  3. Pour your dry concrete repair mix into your wheelbarrow.
  4. Add water according to the package instructions and mix until you have a soft mud consistency.
  5. Use your trowel to place the concrete mix into your hole.
  6. Continue adding mix until the hole is filled.
  7. Use your trowel to scrape away the excess and create a smooth surface.
  8. Repeat the process on each hole.
  9. Allow the patch to dry overnight.

If you're trying to sell your home, you want your concrete to look presentable. Use the instructions provided here to quickly and easily repair the damage to your concrete surfaces. For significant damage to your concrete driveways, be sure to contact a concrete contractor, such as an Akko Ltd Cement Finishers concrete contractor.