Limits of DIY Sidewalk Fixes

A home not only looks beautiful thanks to the wonderful construction that goes into creating the structure but also has appeal that derives from all that surrounds the home. This includes not only trees and shrubs but also the concrete sidewalk surrounding the home. Once a sidewalk starts to turn into "rubble" due to the elements, the looks of a property head into decline. Outright neglect of the sidewalk won't help matters. The condition of the concrete is only going to get worse if neglected. Taking the wrong steps to fix things may further add to the problem. The best bet is to contact professional paving contractors to handle the task. Trying to explore the "cheap way out" could end up delaying the inevitable and creating even more expense.

Addressing the Problem Properly

Various cracks and imperfections in concrete are likely going to get worse and do so quickly unless the right steps are taken. Just "doing something" won't cut it. The pavement must be fixed the right way. Applying a fix that does not work really doesn't fix anything. It just leads some to think they have done the right—and less-costly—thing. Sadly, a lot of time ends up being lost. The added time simply adds more damage. Common mistakes homeowners make include the following.

Misunderstanding Epoxy Treatments

Painting over a sidewalk with water-resistant epoxy helps preserve the life of a pavement. Water-seal epoxy paint may also add nice aesthetic benefits to a sidewalk. This type of sealant cannot and will not fill in deep and large cracks. The cracks end up untouched, and they will absorb more water when it rains or floods. Damage may occur underneath the sidewalk where water seeps through. Applying all the epoxy coating in the world won't stop any of this from happening.

Relying Too Much on Fillers

Pre-mixed hole-and-crack fillers are fine for minor damage. Seriously deep holes are too severe for fillers. The end result will be ugly and uneven. Uneven surfaces present trip hazards and, if the hazard is severe enough, an insurance company may threaten to cancel a homeowner's policy due to the defect. Honestly, hardened fillers are likely to break and crack in time. The fillers are not suitable for really deep holes and usually end up crumbling.

The best strategy is to hire professional pavement contractor to fix any cement sidewalk or driveway defects. DIY has its limitations and its risks.