Simple tips on how to fix cracks in concrete on a commercial property.
Most concrete surfaces can last decades before needing a replacement. However, cracks in concrete will eventually appear over time. Repairing cracks will boost the curb appeal of your commercial property while also preventing these cracks from getting even larger. Sometimes you can complete concrete repair on your own, or you may need to contact professionals if you don’t have the time to repair cracks in concrete.
Here are a few tips on how to fix cracks in concrete on your commercial property.
Inspect the Concrete
One of the first steps in understanding how to fix cracks in concrete is to inspect your property for damages. Using a concrete patching compound is recommended for wide cracks, while a crack filler is a better option for cracks less than 1/4 inch wide. These patching compounds are often mixed with water before being applied with a trowel or putty knife. However, it’s important to remember that the patching material will not match the existing surface, as you will need to apply concrete paint to avoid this issue.
Tips for Repairing Wide Concrete Cracks
Wide concrete cracks are an all too common problem on commercial properties. The easiest way to repair these wide cracks is to use an inverted “V” shape by undercutting the sides of the crack. Using this method makes it easier for the concrete mix to create a bond with the surrounding concrete.
The next step is to use a hammer and a chisel to increase the width of the crack while also dislodging any loose debris from the existing concrete. It’s a good idea to use a wire brush to remove the debris before cleaning the width of the crack with a water hose or pressure washer. Afterwards, you will need to use a shop vacuum to remove the water and debris.
You will need to follow the detailed instructions from the manufacturer on how to mix the compound for concrete patching. Using a trowel is important in applying the new concrete within the crack, as stabbing the trowel will remove any air pockets.
You will need to fill the crack to the existing surface before smoothing the patch with a trowel. You can use a dry paintbrush to texture the surface if you want before letting the compound cure. Once the curing process is complete, you can paint the patch or seal the concrete, if desired.
Tips for Repairing Narrow Concrete Cracks
Narrow concrete cracks can be easily repaired with a caulking gun by using elastomeric filler for masonry. You can also choose a variety of products that use an applicator tip on bottles. Hairline cracks can often be repaired by applying a concrete patching compound deep into the crack while smoothing it with a putty knife. On the other hand, using crack filler for hairline cracks isn’t usually effective, as the caulk will usually peel off the surface over an extended period of time.
Narrow concrete cracks are often deep, as it’s a good idea to use a stuffing foam backer rod to create a base for holding the repair materials. These backer rods are available in a wide range of sizes, as it’s important to find a rod diameter that’s only slightly bigger than the width of the concrete crack.
Once you purchase a backer rod, you will need to stick it into the crack while using a screwdriver to a 1/4 inch depth. Afterwards, you will fill the crack with repair materials and follow the directions from the manufacturer.
Reach Out to PLS to Learn More on How to Fix Cracks in Concrete
Parking Lot Services (PLS) offers concrete repair in Tampa for a wide range of commercial property and business owners. We understand how to fix cracks in concrete by using the latest methods in the industry for the best results. Our company also offers many other concrete and asphalt services, such as pouring concrete for sidewalks, repairing asphalt parking lots, maintenance services, asphalt sealcoating, and much more. Feel free to contact PLS today to schedule a consultation for concrete repairs and maintenance today!