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How Long Does Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Last?
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Last

Thinking of getting your concrete driveway resurfaced, but not sure how long it will last? We’ve got the answers – read on. 

Concrete driveway resurfacing is the most popular choice among Australian homes — in fact, a majority of homes in Australia use concrete for a reliable and aesthetically pleasing driveway. It’s no secret that concrete resurfacing has a reputation for being a cost-effective and durable solution to a driveway surface. 

However, it may surprise you to know that there isn’t a fixed period for how long a concrete driveway can last. In this article, we’ll provide our expert insight to how long a resurfaced concrete driveway can last, the importance of maintaining it, and valuable tips on how you can increase the lifespan of your driveway.

Table of Contents

  • How long can concrete driveway resurfacing last?
  • The importance of proper maintenance for concrete driveways
  • Extending the lifespan of your resurfaced concrete driveway
    • Regular washing
    • Sealer application

How long can concrete driveway resurfacing last?

The most definitive answer for how long concrete driveway resurfacing lasts is between 15 -20 years

That said, concrete driveways are subjected to more wear and tear than any other part of the home due to their exposure to the elements and heavy use. As such, the mileage for each specific concrete driveway resurfacing can vary, depending on several key factors:

  • Level of maintenance — How often maintenance is done on a concrete driveway can significantly affect its lifespan. The more frequently it is maintained, the lower the risk of damage to its surface, and the longer it will tend to last.
     
  • Weathering conditions — The weather is a factor that is outside of the possibility of control, but it affects concrete driveway longevity nonetheless. Excessive heat and humidity can cause cracking on the surface of your driveway, especially in conjunction with heavy use. 
  • Quality of concrete resurfacing — Using a proper concrete resurfacing service instead of a DIY job will ensure that not only the best quality materials are used, but also expert workmanship and expertise. The difference in using a professional concreter can add up to years of a durable driveway. 

The importance of proper maintenance for concrete driveways

As mentioned earlier, proper maintenance is a key factor in extending the life of your concrete driveway. Being the only other factor within your control as a homeowner (once the resurfacing is complete), you should make every effort to reduce the wear and tear on your concrete driveway if you want it to last for as long as possible.

Extending the lifespan of your resurfaced concrete driveway

Small acts of maintenance, when done consistently, can help to keep your resurfaced concrete looking its best and prolong its lifespan. Here are some helpful tips for maintaining your resurfaced concrete driveway:

Regular washing

Concrete is a relatively porous material, so any substances that are left on it for an extended period of time can end up being absorbed deeper into the driveway’s foundation. Motor oils, radiator fluid, and other chemicals will not only stain the concrete driveway’s appearance but can build up over time under the concrete surface, increasing the risk of damage. 

To avoid this, wash your concrete surfaces regularly — at least once a week to remove such substances and debris. In addition to this regular washing, an annual pressure wash will also help to remove any built-up dirt or stains. 

Sealer application

The application of a quality sealer can help to protect the concrete from weathering and other chemicals. This protective layer of sealant, once applied, can last for up to two years, at which point it should be reapplied to ensure continued protection for the resurfaced concrete. Some homeowners do this as part of a DIY driveway resurfacing project, but you can also engage an expert concreter like Conker to help you with it. 

The choice of sealer is an important thing to consider. A good sealer will be able to protect your concrete driveway from oil stains, water damage, and even UV weathering. 

Final Thoughts

Resurfaced concrete driveways can last for decades, given the right upkeep and maintenance. Routine cleaning, an annual wash, and applying a high-quality sealer every two years are crucial for preserving the concrete surface and extending its lifespan.

At Conker, we offer professional concrete driveway resurfacing with a six-year warranty under the right conditions. Our highly accredited team has completed high-quality concrete driveway resurfacing projects for homeowners in Sydney and Brisbane, and we look forward to helping you with your own resurfaced concrete driveway soon. 

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