How To Repair Damaged Concrete

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Concrete is a very durable material that is used for a number of different things around your home including your home's foundation, garage floor, and maybe even your porch, patio or driveway/walkway. Just because it's a durable material doesn't mean it won't crack or chip at some point over time. The good news is that it can be repaired, just don't let the cracks and chips to get too out of hand, then you may need to call in a professional.

Superficial Cracks

If your concrete begins to get small superficial spider cracks running through it or begins to show wear, you may want to apply a concrete resurfacer for all-over coverage. You can find a concrete resurfacer at your local hardware store, some that are quick-drying and can cure in just a few short hours. Sweep away loose debris first, then clean the concrete using mild detergent and water, rinse thoroughly, then allow it to dry completely. Mix the concrete resurfacer as instructed in the manufacturer's directions, then apply it to any cracks to help fill them evenly with the rest of the concrete. Once that has set for a few minutes, apply the concrete resurfacer to the rest of your concrete working in small sections at a time. Apply it in an even layer all over your concrete using a long-handled squeegee.

Deep Cracks

Deeper cracks in your cement walls or even on a floor/patio/porch can all be repaired by cleaning out the crack using a chisel. Chisel at an angle to remove as much loose cement as possible. You want to have a clean surface to work with and for the fill to have something solid to attach to. Use a stiff bristle brush to help remove the loose cement and dust, then vacuum up the loose debris with a shop vacuum. Next, you can use either a cement repair material (rapid set) applied directly to the cracks (follow the manufacturer's directions for mixing), or you can use a concrete caulking. Cut the caulk opening as large as needed to fill in the cracks, then smooth the caulk using a metal spoon or a gloved finger. Allow the caulk to dry, then apply a second layer if need be.

Damage to your concrete will happen over time due to weather, poor installation, or from wear. Be sure to take good care of it by keeping it clean of debris and spills that can cause a breakdown of your concrete, and repair even small superficial cracks before they become a bigger problem.

For more information, talk to a professional like Gann Asphalt & Concrete.

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