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kimberlyl

06:38AM | 04/29/99
My concrete driveway is a year old. I am having about 1 inch chunks crumble all over the driveway. My builder told me that the concrete driveway is not covered by the homeowners warranty. He stated that I should patch it and seal it. If I patch it, won't the concrete be different colors? What is your opinion?

BobF

09:47AM | 04/29/99
Only 1 year old? Sounds like someone did a poor job. The concrete company should cover the cost of redoing it.

DR HOME

01:39PM | 04/29/99
If this is indeed occuring all over the driveway, the only solution is to resurface the whole driveway to maintain its appearance. Patching here and there will look bad and you may end up with more chunks over time. The contractor should repair the work for his own reputation sake. Trying to fight him through courts is a losing battle.

The reason concrete is not warranted is because situations as this are really out of his control to some degree. The concrete comes from a supplier who is responsible for the proper ingredients and mix. Concrete analysis is out of price for the homeowner and is relegated to major companies.

If you opt for a new surface (the only other choice is a new driveway by another contractor) make certain that he applies a bonding agent prior to resurfacing. Do this quickly before oil and gas saturates into the concrete and makes proper bonding difficult.



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