When your concrete driveway or patio was first installed, it was a beautiful color that complemented the look of your home. Now, after years under the southern California sun, that color has faded. One neighbor is telling you that you can bring it back to life with a concrete stain. Another says resurfacing is the way to go. Is either one right, and is either option a budget-wise solution?

The answer is yes, and yes. Concrete staining and concrete resurfacing are two different processes, and each one has its merits.

If the surface of your concrete is cracked or pitted, resurfacing is the way to go. As we have said before, little cracks and surface problems can become bigger (and more costly) problems over time. They’re also not a problem that can be masked by a new stain. The most cost-effective solution is to grind and fill those cracks and pits, and then put down a uniform, high-quality surface.

Fun fact (or maybe not so fun): Pitting is typically caused when rock salt is used to cure new concrete.

Re-staining can make your concrete patio shine

If the surface of your concrete is crack-free and not flaking (read this post about flaking concrete if it is), then consider a new concrete stain. Staining is more cost effective, it goes down quickly, provides UV protection, and it is great for high-traffic areas. A staining project done by The Driveway Company of SoCal will also include sealant and we can also add skid-proofing agents.

The Driveway Company of SoCal will consult with you on the best option for your project and we have a wide range of stain colors to match or complement the exterior of your home. Whether you intend to keep enjoying your concrete patio, pool deck or driveway for a long time to come, or you want to have your property looking its best for listing and sale, know that we will help you find the best solution.

If you live in Orange, Riverside or San Diego counties, call The Driveway Company of SoCal today!