Repairing Concrete With Crack Filler

There are several reasons why concrete is such a common building material. All things considered, it is relatively lightweight for how strong and long lasting it is. Many people are surprised that concrete is actually a little flexible, which helps to prevent flexing of the slabs. Of course, concrete can get cracked and pick up holes.

But, concrete is also a great material, particularly for floors because it is relatively easy to repair. Ready mix concrete is affordable and sold at any home improvement store. You don't need any special tools, and the skills necessary for making basic patches and repairs are very easy to learn. This article explains how you can best patch small concrete holes.

Concrete holes on the top of your surface, whether they are caused by stress, movement underneath the soil, or impact from above, are obviously hard to avoid. But, they are usually also very easy to repair. Of course, if your concrete is severely separated, and a single slab is broken into different pieces, you cannot simply patch it.

The Limits of Crack Filler

Concrete crack filler is only meant to be used as a cosmetic repair. It will fill holes, restore your surface, but is it going to strengthen our bond your concrete. Concrete patch is not the same as ready mix concrete. Usually, patch products are infused with glue. This means that they are smoother, softer, and stickier than real concrete.

How to Use Crack Filler

Crack filler is not that hard to apply. Of course, it is messy because it is so sticky, so wear some latex gloves. You will also want a float or large putty knife with a flexible blade. The key to a long lasting patch, that will stay stuck to the concrete, is to clean the surface vigorously before hand. Any dirt buildup will weaken the bond between the patch and the concrete.

Then, you slop a glob of crack filler directly into the hole. Using the blade at an angle, scrape the filler to push it into the crack and make sure that it fills in the hole. You might need to add another layer, and make sure that you pack it in as tightly as possible. Scrape as much of the excess crack filler off of the concrete top before it dries. Later, some of the crack filler that dried into the pores is probably going to crumble and fall out. This is perfectly fine, as long as the patch stays put.

Contact a service, like Plehal Blacktopping LLC, for further help.