Concrete Driveway Replacement
Can We Make The New Concrete Driveway Look Old?
We offer a lot of different options for concrete driveway replacements. One of the questions I get the most is can we not make our new concrete driveway look so “new”? The answer is yes but, I wouldn’t recommend it. Here’s why, they’re are two different ways to change the color. One is to add powdered color to the mix when the concrete truck arrives. Then the truck spins the powder throughout the mix. Sounds like a good idea but, the outcome is usually never what the customer wants. 9 times out of 10 the color is uneven due to the mixing, water content and areas where there are sun and shade.
The second option is to use acid stain to color the concrete after it’s 30 days old. This results in a marbling effect. In order to keep it and give it a deep rich color it needs to be sealed with a commercial grade sealer. Doing this does two things one, it makes the surface extremely slick. Two it keeps the concrete from breathing which, causes water to become trapped under the sealer and produces a clouding effect. Last but no least…it needs to be maintained often every one to two years or the sealer comes off in different areas and looks horrible.