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How Much Does It Cost to Repair Concrete Driveway?

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$200
Average Cost
$800
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$2,000
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Repairing a concrete driveway is more than just a cosmetic improvement. Concrete driveway repairs may be done to fix underlying issues such as sunken slabs and hairline cracks. To confirm the integrity of a concrete driveway, hire a professional to address significant surface issues.

The average cost to fix a concrete driveway ranges between $500-$1,100, with the average homeowner spending $800 to resurface a 250 square foot area, including labor and materials. The lowest cost for concrete driveway repair runs around $200 for resealing 250 square feet, while the highest cost for fixing a driveway is $2,000 for resurfacing 250 square feet of imprinted concrete.

Concrete Driveway Repair Cost

Concrete Driveway Restoration
National average cost$800
Average range$500-$1,100
Minimum Cost$200
Maximum Cost$2,000


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Concrete Driveway Repair Cost by Project Range

Low
$200
Patch a 100 sq.ft. area of a driveway
Average Cost
$800
Resurface a 250 sq.ft. driveway
High
$2,000
Resurface a 250 sq.ft. imprinted concrete driveway

Concrete Driveway Repair Costs by Type of Problem

Concrete driveway issues range from minor inconveniences to severe structural problems. Concrete can crack or sink due to severe weather changes, poor installation, and increased exposure to moisture. Professionals evaluate the severity of the problem to recommend the best solutions. The following are the most prevalent issues and the average cost to remedy the problem.

Concrete Driveway Repair Costs

Concrete Driveway Repair Costs


ProblemCost
Sunken Apron$110 - $140
Pothole$150 - $200
Pitted Driveway$175 - $200
Crumbling Driveway$175 - $200
Expansion Joint$175 - $350
Spalling Driveway$250 - $400
Hairline Crack Driveway$435 - $500
Cracked Driveway$500 - $625
Sunken Driveway$750 - $1,000
Imprinted Driveway$1,750 - $2,250


Concrete Apron Repair

Driveway aprons refer to the portion of the driveway closest to the road. The apron is constructed from the same material as the rest of the driveway, so it is subject to the same issues. With an average measurement of 10 to 15 square feet, the project cost is $110 to $140 for 10 to 15 square feet including labor and materials.

Repairing Concrete Driveway Potholes

Before filling in a pothole, the contractor removes the old concrete. The professional dislodges large chunks from the pothole using chisels and sledgehammers. After the old material has been removed, concrete pothole filler is used. The patch is leveled 1. Once the concrete sets, the area can be smoothed out. The average cost of repairing a single concrete driveway pothole is between $150 and $200.

Repair A Pitted Concrete Driveway

Pitted concrete occurs as a result of small, deep holes in the driveway. A sign of a pitted driveway is jagged lines in a compressed area. Pitting occurs naturally over time and is seen in driveways that are several decades old. If the driveway wasn’t finished correctly or the concrete mix wasn’t properly prepared, pitting may also occur. Patches could be used to fix pitted concrete at a cost of $1.75 to $2.00 per square foot. Repairing a 100 square foot section of a pitted driveway will cost between $175 and $200.

Crumbling Concrete Driveway Repair

Crumbling concrete occurs due to poor installation or old age. Crumbling concrete leads 2 to more serious issues if not addressed promptly. Fixing the damaged area improves curb appeal. Expect to pay around $1.75 to $2.00 per square foot to patch and seal crumbled driveway sections. Repairing a 100 square foot section of a crumbled driveway starts at $175 to $200.

Filling Expansion Joints in Concrete Driveway

Gaps in a concrete driveway may occur due to the expansion joints 3. The joints serve the purpose of allowing the expanding and contracting of the concrete during temperature changes. To repair the gaps, the contractor removes the old sealant from the joints then applies a new sealant. Expect to pay an average of $175 to $350 for filling gaps in a concrete driveway.

Repair Spalled Concrete Driveway

Spalling occurs when a driveway starts to crumble in sections. It could also cause the driveway to separate into thin layers. Spalling occurs due to cold weather conditions and direct exposure to damaging road salts. Concrete resurfacing resolves spalling issues and costs an average of $2.50 to $4.00 per square foot with a range of $250 to $400 for a 100 square foot area.

Repair Hairline Cracks in Concrete Driveway

For small hairline cracks, less extensive filling and sealing are required by the professional. The contractor may have the option to use a compound patch to address hairline cracks. Expect to pay around $1.75 to $2.00 per square foot for patches on a concrete driveway. For a 250 square foot repair, the overall cost would be $435 to $500.

Cost to Repair Cracked Concrete Driveway

Cracked concrete is the most common issue for homeowners. Concrete driveway crack repair methods depend on the size of the hole. Most contractors charge an average of $2.00 to $2.50 per square foot to apply a filler and sealant to the damaged area. For a 250 square foot repair, you can expect to pay around $500 to $625 for the concrete driveway crack filler application and acrylic sealant. Concrete drive crack repair is not always possible. If structural cracks are located, the contractor may recommend replacement.

Sunken Concrete Driveway Repair

Although some settling after installation is common, ground issues could cause significant sinking or buckling. Erosion and tree roots are frequent culprits behind a sunken driveway. Concrete driveway leveling costs include lifting the slab and putting down gravel underneath the driveway. Sunken concrete driveway repair costs an average of $4.00 per square foot. A 250 square foot driveway would cost $1,000. The cost for mudjacking a driveway usually is $3.00 per square foot, coming to a total of $750 for a 250 square foot driveway. Mudjacking involves pumping 4 a slurry of concrete and other materials under the slab for leveling purposes.

Repair Imprinted Concrete Driveways

Imprinted concrete driveways that need repairing must be fixed using imprinted concrete sealers. These sealers fill in small cracks and blemishes and provide a protective layer on top of the driveway. Fixing imprinted concrete by resurfacing costs an average of $7.00 to $9.00 per square foot with an overall cost of $1,750 to $2,250 for a 250 square foot driveway.

Concrete Driveway Repair Cost by Solution

Contractors will provide you an estimate before recommending a solution to fix the damage to your driveway. Cost is determined by the size of the driveway, the type of concrete (stamped or basic), and the labor needed for the repair.

Cost to Repair Concrete Driveway Chart


SolutionCost
Sealing$60 - $100
Patching$175 - $200
Resurfacing$625 - $1,000


Sealing Concrete Driveway Cost

Sealing concrete driveway cracks is different than resurfacing. Instead of tearing up the top layer of the driveway, a protective sealant is applied to the driveway to prevent cracking issues and reduce the appearance of cosmetic blemishes. Sealing a concrete driveway costs around $0.25 to $0.50 per square foot with an average cost of $60 to $100 for a 250 square foot driveway.

Patch a Concrete Driveway

Patching can usually be done for minor repairs such as hairline cracks or small, pitted areas. The professional cost is $1.75 to $2.00 per square foot to patch and seal crumbled driveway sections. Repairing a 100 square foot section of a driveway with patching will be between $175 and $200.

Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Cost

Resurfacing a concrete driveway helps protect the surface and renews the look of your driveway. It also resolves cosmetic issues such as crumbling and spalling. Concrete resurfacing cost averages $2.50 to $4.00 per square foot. Expect to pay around $625 to $1,000 to resurface a cracked concrete driveway that measures 250 square feet.

Cost to Repair Concrete Driveway

Professional installation is always best for repairing a concrete driveway. In most cases, heavy-duty machinery is needed for the job. You may even need poured concrete for the fix. Contractors will typically not charge for providing an estimate for concrete repairs. Professionals look at the extent of the damage and consider whether it’s more cost-effective to replace instead of repair. Many concrete repair jobs cost around $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot. Contractors may charge an average hourly rate of $65 to $85 per hour.

The price increases if specialized materials are used on the driveway, such as imprinted or stamped concrete. Instead of $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot, costs surge to $7.00 or more per square foot. Resurfacing jobs usually take a single day for completion while resealing jobs average two to four hours for standard-size driveways. In most cases, the driveway is not usable for at least two days after the job.

Cost to Replace Concrete Driveway

Replacing a concrete driveway is a consideration if extensive structural damage has occurred. Large cracks and sunken slabs are two potential reasons that a homeowner chooses to replace instead of repair the driveway. A repaving company is hired for the job of replacing the driveway. During repaving, the entire driveway is torn out to start from scratch. The cost to repave a concrete driveway is between $8.00 and $12.00 per square foot. Repaving a 250 square foot drive will cost around $2,000 to $3,000. Keep in mind that although repairs often don’t require permits, a repaving project may involve obtaining approval.


House with attached garage and concrete driveway with hairline cracks


Cost Factors to Repair Concrete Driveway

Keep in mind that concrete driveway repair pricing is dependent on the type of driveway you have and the square footage. Properties with very long driveways will require a higher cost to fix than a two-car standard driveway. The following are the top cost considerations of a contractor before he or she provides an estimate.

  • Size. Square footage of the damaged area is calculated to determine the overall price of the project.
  • Type of repair. Small patches cost less to do than resurfacing projects. Contractors will give you an estimate that includes the materials needed for the work and labor hours.
  • Age of driveway. Older driveways may have extensive damage due to erosion, tree roots, and concrete disintegration.
  • Drainage issues. The landscape is evaluated around the driveway to confirm that the repairs won’t lead to moisture buildup and increase future problems.
  • Leveling. Leveling 1 challenges could impact the cost of driveway repairs. For instance, if the driveway is sloped, the job may require additional time or materials to repair.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Refinish Concrete Driveway

Refinishing a concrete driveway is one way to protect the area from environmental damage. Concrete expands and contracts in response to temperature changes. Extended exposure to water also causes issues, especially if water penetrates below the surface. Too much weight on the driveway or poor installation are also culprits for common driveway problems. Refinish a concrete driveway by having a contractor seal the area. Expect to pay around $60 to $100 to refinish a concrete driveway measuring 250 square feet.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Permits. Most repair jobs won’t require a permit unless extensive repaving work is being done. Working on a driveway apron may require a permit since it’s located at the curb. Homeowners can check with their municipalities for specific regulations.
  • Licenses. Contractors should have a valid license to work with concrete. A C8 license permits pouring, filling, and repairing concrete structures.
  • DIY. Never repair any concrete damage without professional help. Specialty tools and products are often used for the repairs.
  • Home value. Repairing a concrete driveway increases the value of the home and improves curb appeal. Most sellers fix a driveway before putting their homes on the market.

FAQs

  • Can you repair a broken concrete driveway?

Most cracks can be fixed, especially if they are small and have not caused extensive sections of the driveway to crumble. Repairing a cracked driveway ranges between $500 and $625 for 250 square feet.

  • Can a concrete driveway be resurfaced?

Resurfacing is a common fix for damaged concrete driveways. This method is less extensive than repaving the driveway. Resurfacing a driveway costs an estimated $625 to $1,000 for 250 square feet.

  • Can you resurface a concrete driveway?

Yes. When you resurface a concrete driveway, several inches of the driveway are removed by a paving company. The contractor then pours new concrete over the sub-layers. The average cost to resurface a concrete driveway is $800 for 250 square feet.

  • Does concrete driveway resurfacing last?

Resurfacing a concrete driveway lasts for several years. On average, the concrete driveway will not need resurfacing for at least ten years from the project completion date.

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Leveled: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
glossary term picture Lead 2 Leads: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications
3 Joints: A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together
glossary term picture Pump 4 Pumping: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means

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Cost to repair concrete driveway varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources.