How to Fix Cracks in Concrete Patio

If you've got a concrete patio, then at some point in time a crack is going to develop because of the ground shifting below the concrete. This shifting causes pressure throughout the patio and will eventually cause cracking because the concrete wants to move with the ground, but it cannot. Cracking might not seem too bothersome, but plant life and quickly begin to grow in these cracks and cause a larger problem. Fixing it right away will save a lot of time and effort.

The good news is that you don't have to remove your entire patio just to fix one crack. Follow these steps and you'll be able to fill it in quickly and without much cost.

How Big Is the Crack in the Concrete?

The size of the crack that is in your patio will determine what kind of material you utilize to fill it in so the problem can be fixed. For small, hairline cracks, a sand mixture with some cement is often the best choice. All you've got to do is rub the mixture into the crack until it is filled and then wet down the concrete. If gaps appear in the crack during this process, stop and fill them in again. Then just allow the repair to dry.

For cracks that are less than 1 inch wide and are fairly shallow, using an epoxy filler is an even faster method of fixing the patio. Most of these fillers are packaged in such a way that you simply take the tube you've purchased, squeeze the product into the crack, and then let the glue dry. You may need to utilize a tool that's much like a caulking gun.

Got a Big Crack? It's Still a Small Problem!

The one reason why large cracks in concrete aren't repaired well is the fact that the average do-it-yourselfer doesn't realize they need to undercut the crack in order to clean it out and prepare it for the filling material. To do this, you'll need to get a hammer and a chisel. Tap the chisel along the edges of the crack just a little bit to expand the size of it. You need to make the bottom of the crack become wider than the top of the crack because this will let your concrete filler adhere better and stabilize the patio.

You'll also need to clean out a wide crack of any loose debris, fillers, or old grout in order for a patch to properly affix. Use the chisel to do this and then take a pressure washer to eliminate any leftover dirt or debris that could affect the integrity of the patch you're working on.

Once you get the patch in place, you may need to finish it so that it can dry properly. For an epoxy filler, you may not need to do anything. If you're creating a wide concrete patch, however, you should use a metal trowel and a wood float to complete the process. Allow the concrete to dry for five days, making sure you wet the concrete each day just once.

Don't allow a crack to become a safety issue! By following these steps, you'll be able to solve a big problem with your concrete patio in no time at all.
Posted on Jul 20, 2014


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