Don’t Remove that Concrete Slab!
Overlay it with Pavers

Few renovation projects will drastically improve your home’s curb appeal like converting an old stained and cracked concrete driveway to a stunning paver driveway. And nothing transforms an outdated pool like a beautiful contemporary paver pool deck.

However, these types of projects typically call for the painstaking, costly and time-consuming process of ripping out that old concrete. Or do they?

Driveway Thin Overlay Pavers

Overlay Pavers: Creating a Resilient Bedding Surface

Thanks to the incredible patent-pending formula of Techniseal® DriBond™ advanced mudset, concrete removal is completely unnecessary, as long as the slab is structurally sound. A driveway, patio, walkway or pool deck can be completely transformed in less than 48 hours, and for significantly less cost than concrete removal and replacement.

DriBond installs like sand — filling the cracks and seams of a sound concrete slab — to provide a bedding surface for the installation of thin overlay pavers (including concrete pavers, porcelain pavers, or natural stone.) Activated with water, DriBond sets like concrete to create a durable bond. The result is a stunning outdoor living space with lasting beauty.

Driveway Transformation

Before Driveway Paver Overlay

DriBond Overlay Paver Driveway

Belgard Products that Work with DriBond

(consult a local installer for additional styles in your area)

See DriBond in Action

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26 Replies to “Don’t Remove that Concrete Slab!
Overlay it with Pavers”

  1. Sounds like a great idea what about covering Futurastone? ( this is small pebbles covered with an epoxy ) Hope to hear from you! Sincerely, Patricia Losberg

    1. The answer to that question depends on the condition of the asphalt and would need to be answered by a qualified contractor who can examine the site in person. To find a Belgard Authorized Contractor in your area, visit our contractor locator page at Belgard.com/locator.

  2. Glad to see u are offering overlay pavers. My wife & I love Classic brick and wanted to suggest that as a product line. I thought that if it can be done on walls then a overlay paver would be a possibility.
    Thanks.

    Dan / Phx.

    1. I checked with the Techniseal technical team and am told that DriBond has not been tested for that scenario. To be safe, you would probably do well to scrape the cool deck coating off of the concrete prior to application.

  3. I’m getting ready to do this but have one concern.
    How do you deal with the transition from the driveway to the street, garage and other walkways?

    1. Excellent question! I will reach out to our installation experts and get back with you shortly.

    2. Regarding the transitions, here are your options:
      1) Leave a lip and have the garage door company adjust the height.
      2) Grind down the concrete on the ends to adjust for the height difference.
      3) Pour concrete edging to create a softer edge.
      4) You can break up and re-pour the concrete near the transitions. This would be a last resort.
      For each of these, make sure you’re not creating a drainage issue with the transition.

      1. Regarding the transitions, here are your options:
        1) Leave a lip and have the garage door company adjust the height.
        2) Grind down the concrete on the ends to adjust for the height difference.
        3) Pour concrete edging to create a softer edge.
        4) You can break up and re-pour the concrete near the transitions. This would be a last resort.
        For each of these, make sure you’re not creating a drainage issue with the transition.

  4. We installed Laffit overlay pavers over a concrete pool deck. How do we keep the paver sand from washing out around the exterior edges?

    1. When you install an overlay with DriBond, it applies like sand, but is activated with water and sets like concrete so erosion of the bedding material is not an issue. If you used a standard sand bedding layer, I’ll have to check with my team and see if they have a solution for you.

  5. Can i install the 3/4 inch porcelain tile using a standard tile setting installation? we are tile setters and the customer wants us to set it on a covered patio that has a solid concrete slab.
    Chris

    1. 3/4 inch porcelain pavers can be installed over sound concrete using sand or adhesive as described in this porcelain paver installation guide. Another option would be to use Techniseal DriBond mudset, which applies like sand and hardens like concrete when activated with water. The benefits to using DriBond versus another adhesive is that it applies much more quickly, and it fills in any existing cracks in the concrete. For more information, contact your local Belgard rep at 877-BELGARD or 877-235-4273.

      1. So you can use Techniseal DriBond mud to set/adhere the porcelain paver to the concrete? I did not see that listed as an option in the porcelain pacer installation guide.

        1. It’s a newer process, so wasn’t in the original porcelain installation guide. It hasn’t been tested yet in climates with extreme freeze/thaw conditions, but has been tested elsewhere and performed well.

  6. I’m glad that you mentioned that a driveway can be changed in less than forty-eight hours because of paving over it rather than removing and replacing the concrete. My driveway is pretty beat up and I want to have it repaved. This information you shared will help me find a good contractor to pave my driveway.

  7. I liked that you said that there are different options for paving your driveway. I would imagine that a professional would know best which option I should go with. I will be sure to hire a professional to help me in installing a new driveway.

  8. I like that you said that mixing water with DriBond concrete to create a durable bond. My parents are thinking about changing their concrete patio. I’m going to share your tip with them.

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