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Old 09-28-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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fixing drive/walkway issue

Hello everyone- I'm new to the forum.

My house (Circa 1984) was built with a tiled driveway and walk. Unfortunately, the thin tile (approx. L 7" W 4" D .5") applied to the concrete driveway with thin set mortar has begun to come up. Many pieces have split in half...or cracked off near any edges of the drive or walk way. I'm told that the initial installer explained that the tiles were too thin to put down for this application, but the owner didn't listen.

I also know that there are several areas of the concrete drive and walkway- are either majorly cracked or broken...obviously causing the tiles to pop off in that section.

I'm curious as to what the best- most economical course of action would be to not only correct this issue, but also update the look of the drive/walkway.

My thoughts are to;

Jack hammer up all the tiles AND the thin set mortar on top of the concrete. Next, fix any concrete issues that are apparent. Next lay down some type of Mastic application that would allow the new tiles to 'move' under pressure.

Jack hammer up all the tiles AND the thin set mortar on top of the concrete. Next, fix any concrete issues that are apparent.
Resurface the existing concrete using either a stamped application or something similar.

Any thoughts and/or advice on the matter would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 11-01-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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I would definetely choose option 2, you must live in the south, never heard of a tiled driveway and would never even imagine it even in a warm climate. You may also consider pavers, check the manufacturers info on installing over existing concrete, I just put in pavers over a concrete patio in my back yard, came out nice, used grinnell 5 piece randam
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:05 AM   #3
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w/newer mtls avail today,,,

why even bother replacing anything but think chipping gun, not j-hammer,,, resurface w/polymer-modified cementitious products,,, we use elitecrete which's very easy to apply ( just add wtr ),,, many projects down here in the south have tile but we get jobs replacing/repairing all the time.

you'll need to scarify the surface after chipping off the old tile down to original conc - make nec repairs - then broom in the 1st coat per directions,,, we squeegee on the next coat ( or 2, if nec ) then finish w/broom,,, you may decide on another finish.

btw, no suitable mtl's avail at ANY apron store nor is best/inexpensive ever compatible/available.
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