Did you know that even the ancient Romans used concrete in their construction? They valued it for its strength and for its ability to be molded into different forms. They formed concrete from volcanic ash and lime, which were a bit different from the materials used today, but the substance was very similar and used for similar purposes. Today, concrete contractors carry on the ancient Roman tradition, making everything from patios to counter tops from concrete. These creations last for years and require little maintenance. We think concrete is amazing, and we hope you'll share that opinion after reading the articles provided here.
If you have concrete surfaces on your property, you're probably all too familiar with the problem of what to do with small holes and cracks. Pretty much all concrete surface will crack to some extent over time. Most of these cracks are just cosmetic and don't compromise the structural integrity of your surface. But, most property owners are interested in fixing them for cosmetic reasons. Repairing holes and cracks in concrete is actually very simple, and it can be done with over-the-counter products with just a few basic tools. This blog looks out how you can handle your own concrete crack repair job.
Using the Right Repair Compound
Repairing concrete is simple if you have the right products. You don't want to use normal concrete mix on patch jobs. Instead, you should fill small cracks and holes with a designated concrete patch. This is a different, premixed formula that is much easier to use and much stronger than normal concrete. It is sold at most home improvement stores and is relatively affordable. A concrete patch is a mixture with glue, epoxy, and/or concrete byproduct that creates a stronger hold within confined spaces like tiny cracks and holes.
How to Apply the Patch
A putty knife is the most important thing you need to apply the concrete patch. It is also helpful if you have some disposable rubber or latex gloves to protect your fingers. Before applying the patch, you should clean the crack or hole out. A hose vacuum will work the best, but a simple broom might also be enough.
The key to applying any concrete patch is to spread it inside the hole, making sure that you pack it in as tightly as possible. Try not to get too much patch on the top surface. You can use the putty knife to scrape the patch flat and blend it with the concrete surface.
Remember That It Doesn't Need to Be Perfect
Remember, a patched section of concrete is not going to be invisible when it dries. The crack or hole will still be noticeable, no matter how well you do the work. But, it is definitely going to look better than if the hole is not fixed at all. And, if you don't fill your crack, the edges can chip away, and the crack can get bigger over time. It is a good idea to fill even the smallest holes and cracks on your property to prevent more serious problems.
Reach out to a professional for more information about concrete services.