Common Driveway Restoration Options

Ideally, concrete driveways are built to last. But there are instances when they become damaged resulting in an unsightly appearance. Some of the common characteristics of worn-out driveway concrete include unsightly cracks, scaling, and distress. Some typical causes of concrete imperfections include the use of a poor quality concrete mix, lousy placement, inclement weather, and wear and tear. Whenever you notice some inconsistencies in your concrete driveway, you can either opt to rip out the concrete and start again or repair the existing driveway.

Before embarking on a driveway renovation project, your first move should be to identify the source or cause of the damage. After understanding the origin of the damage, you can then determine the best repair procedure. Here are some standard driveway repair options.

Concrete Resurfacing

Resurfacing is prescribed to driveways that are experiencing cracking, scaling, or spalling. Before resurfacing the concrete, it is advisable to repair some imperfections in the old base. Doing this is critical to enhancing the quality of the bond and it lengthens the life of your ‘new’ driveway.

Concrete Engraving

This repair procedure is mostly employed to enhance the aesthetics of your driveway. Some driveways have minor cracks or some discoloration, which ends up making the driveway looking messy. Concrete engraving, thus, seeks to conceal these flaws by engraving a pattern over the concrete. Part of the process of engraving involves applying some stain on the concrete before allowing the machine to cut the pattern.

Slabjacking

concrete drivewayThere are instances where you find some parts of your driveway experiencing localized sinking. This problem is often caused by inadequate compaction. Slabjacking, thus, seeks to restore the function and aesthetics of the driveway by raising the slab back to its original position. This process mainly involves pumping a mixture of cement and sand below the concrete, restoring it to its initial position.

Recoloring

A concrete driveway is often stained to make it look attractive. But after some time, these stains are bound to get eroded due to weathering, exposure to direct sunlight, poor color application, and adsorption of grease and other stubborn stains. Loss of color can be addressed through recoloring and protecting the new surface with a sealant.…

A Guide to Choosing a Commercial Weed Eater

When choosing weed eaters, do not look for the fanciest in the store because you do not want to select the best looking but not up to the task of a weed eater. There are many stores and types of weed eaters, and for you to choose the right one, you must get some things right. If you are in the process of buying a weed eater, below is a guide that will help you make the best decision.

Fuel Used

Best commercial weed eatersWeed eaters are powered by either battery, gas or electricity. Electricity powered trimmers have a cord to be connected to the electricity for it to run. They produce more power because they are directly connected to the power and the length of the cable determines the clearance space. Many times the cord is short limiting the clearance area making it unsuitable for large scale weed clearing.

Battery powered trimmers have a battery which stores energy. This means that you must charge the batteries before use. If your field is large, you should get a higher capacity battery. Note that, the larger the battery, the heavier the machines reducing portability. If you do not understand the right balance between the weight and space, you might end up frustrated.

Gas powered trimmers have been ranked the best in the market. They are majorly used for commercial needs. The only downside of gas trimmers is that they are noisy and produces smoke but remain the best for stubborn weeds.

Weight

We have touched on a bit of weight in point one above. For commercial needs, you need a light trimmer for easy movement. You will save a lot of time this way as well. You do not want your employees to get tired within the first hour of the job because the machine is too heavy to carry around. As indicated above, gas-powered weed eaters are the lightest and best for large fields. Other than the battery, the weight of the trimmer is determined by all other parts making it. Avoid trimmers with so many parts if you are following lightweight machines.

Shaft Option

shaft optionThe shaft of the weed eater is another thing to look at especially if you want to trim overgrown weeds. The shaft comes in two options, the straight and curved shaft. If you are cutting weeds for an extended period, we encourage you to use the curved shaft because it is more comfortable. On the other hand, straight shafts are precise and more flexible, but they are not as comfortable as the curved ones.…