Does concrete restoration last?
Has anyone had long-term experience with any concrete restoration system?
We have a 30 year old front "porch" on which the floor is one long pad of concrete, about 5' x 25', with no dividers. It's cracked in two places - no big surprise. It's also rather dirty and ugly.
A contractor who is working on many things, including replacing the porch pillars, says the only thing that will last is tearing it out and replacing, probably with stamped concrete. I hate to do that - not only the money, but also the tendency to send everything to the dump and start over. But we want something which will last the 10-20 years we hope to stay in the house (we're a lively 70ish).
1. Does any kind of concrete patch and surface restoration last? Contractor says it doesn't - but there's those wonderful ads about restoration products.
2. Would it be better to replace with well-laid concrete pavers or something?
Thanks - ddel