LESLIE: Mark in Iowa, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you?
MARK: Hey, I’ve got a severely cracked driveway in an older home and it’s very old and weathered and cracked and it’s about 60 feet long and I’ve been quoted between $6,000 and $8,000 to replace all the concrete. Is there anything that I can do; some type of surface treatment to cover that up without having to replace that entire driveway or is there anything on the market like that?
TOM: Yeah, absolutely. There’s a company called AboCast that makes a number of concrete sealing products that can be used to restore deteriorated concrete.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, they’re for sealing and for leveling as well, right?
TOM: Yeah, exactly. Like if you have a really busted up stoop or something like that you can kind of rebuild it with AboCast and if you have a driveway or a garage floor that’s deteriorated you can recoat it with this material. So it certainly is possible to do that but is it just the surface that’s deteriorated or is the concrete physically cracked like into chunks?
MARK: It’s not broken into chunks. It’s just cracked and very weathered on the top.
MARK: Like every summer you can take a broom and sweep the dust and the rocks and stuff off the top of it.
TOM: Well you know, see if it’s really that deteriorated you may have an adhesion problem even with a second layer on it. So you might be able to buy maybe another two or three years by using a topcoat like AboCast but I have a feeling that a new driveway is in your not-too-distant future. (Leslie chuckles)
GORDON: Well, you’ve been a big help. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.