As far as driveway materials go, it's easy to say that concrete is a far better choice than gravel or dirt. True, it's a lot more expensive, but what it lacks in cheapness it makes up for in durability. Concrete doesn't wash out after a hard rain or flooding like gravel will. It doesn't turn into a mud pit either. The only downside of concrete is that it does crack after so many years of wear and tear. Luckily, with a few products from a home improvement or hardware store, you can fix it up so it looks almost as good as new.
Before you start fixing the cracks, you need to clean the area. Sweep off each spot that will be receiving repairs. If some of the cracks have oil or other stains on them, scrub them off until the stains are gone. Another good preparation tip is to check the weather forecast. You don't want to take the chance of it raining during or shortly after you repair the concrete.
Place the concrete patch bottle into the caulking gun. Slowly spread the concrete patch on the entire crack. Make sure you follow the entire crack, even if it zig-zags a lot. The mixture doesn't have to be too thick, but it does have to be enough to cover the width of the crack once you spread it out.
Take your trowel and carefully smooth out the concrete patch. If you notice that the mixture no longer covers the crack, go back and add more to each bare spot. Continue doing this until all the mixture is smooth and no cracks are showing.
Allow the patch to dry according to the time on the product. In order to bond to the old concrete, it needs to cure. Once it is completely dry, you can begin to seal it to add another layer of protection against the elements.
Take the sealant and apply it over the patch. There are various sealants that you can choose from, such as extra-duty ones that are designed to absorb stains. Use a brush or the trowel to layer the sealant on the concrete and allow it to cure based on the time dictated by the product. You can spread it over the entire driveway, including any area that wasn't repaired, just to add a nice layer of protection against stains and future cracks.
Contact a company, like Claggett & Sons Inc, for more help.