Understand the key differences between repairing and patching concrete.
Cracks can eventually appear on a concrete surface over time. Sometimes these cracks are minor, while others can lead to serious issues. Repairing or patching concrete are great ways to take care of these problems, and it also helps prevent further damage. But which is right for the specific concrete damage on your property?
Reaching out to a concrete repair company is always a good decision to ensure everything is done right. Depending on the damaged area, you may need either a concrete patch or a concrete repair.
Existing concrete can benefit from a patch if it’s damaged. Concrete patch compounds contain numerous materials and additives to fill in the crack and create strong bonds to help smooth the surface. Before applying a patch, you will need to clean the area and remove any debris with a wire brush. Vinyl concrete mixture is a popular concrete bonding option, as this bonding agent creates a waterproof barrier to avoid additional cracking.
You can choose either a premixed compound or a dry mix. A ready mix is a convenient option, while the dry mix gives you the flexibility to adjust the amount of thickness needed for patching concrete. Typically, a premixed compound is great for smaller cracks, while using a dry mix is a better option for patching large chunks of a concrete surface. Reading the manufacturer’s guidelines is important, as some compounds work better under specific temperatures.
Patching concrete is a fairly simple process for most people. You will need a trowel to smooth out the surface, and it’s important to shape the concrete to avoid blocking an expansion joint.
The cure times for patching cracks in concrete can vary, as small cracks might only take a few minutes while larger patches can take up to one or two hours. While you can do all of this on your own, you can also reach out to a concrete maintenance company to save yourself time and energy on these repair projects.
Sometimes patching concrete isn’t recommended, as repairing portland cement is a better option for a surface that’s cracking and chipping. You will need to break the loose concrete with a cold chisel before making repairs. Narrow cracks can easily be filled by using a masonry crack filler and applying it with a caulking gun. Wearing safety glasses and gloves is important in staying safe if you try to do this on your own.
Removing any large pieces and creating a bed for the concrete slab is important for larger repairs. Putting wooden forms along the edges will keep the concrete mix in place. Follow the manufacturers recommendations before you begin pouring the concrete in place by beginning in a corner and working towards the middle. You will repeat the same procedure in the opposite corner.
Afterward, you will tap each side of the forms to help settle the concrete before you smooth the surface with a wooden trowel. You will also need to let the concrete set for a while before removing any of the forms. Typically, it’s a good idea to let the cement cure for a few days for the best results to improve its durability and appearance.
Reach Out to PLS to Learn More About Our Patching Concrete Services
Parking Lot Services (PLS) specializes in repairing damaged concrete for commercial properties and business owners in Tampa Bay. We will match the surrounding concrete, and satisfaction is guaranteed. Our company also provides other services, such asasphalt repairs, sealcoating, and parking lot striping. Feel free to contact PLS today to learn more about our concrete management and patching services!