Concrete Repairing Methods
Is concrete repair something which can be done by me or should I hire a professional concrete cutter? It’s advisable to hire a professional concrete cutter and hopefully one who can really get your concrete job to the level you want it to be at. The last thing I want is for my concrete work to look below par or worse still, fall apart. If this should happen then I would have been out of pocket and probably wouldn’t have re-installed the concrete at all!
For small cracks and such, a home trowel and some patience should suffice. But if you’re doing some major concrete repair around a big wall or massive concrete areas, then you need to call in the professionals. You may be tempted to carry out some of the work yourself but this would be putting the entire project at risk. For example if you removed a nail and it left a big hole, you could end up causing even more damage to your wall. A professional concrete cutter would know exactly what to do and could prevent a lot of damage from happening.
One great method for small to medium sized concrete repairs is using some very fine hairline cracks. Hairline cracks are perfect because they’re close to the surface so they can easily be filled in with some concrete repairing paste. These small holes usually turn into bigger ones so filling them in is very easy and can be done quite quickly. Unfortunately these kinds of cracks often turn into hairline cracks which look very unattractive. This is where some very expensive concrete repairing products may be needed.
The second very popular method is the dry pack method. The dry pack method consists basically of pouring a mixture of cement, sand and grout on to the affected crack and then stomping it back in place. This is said to solve any crack or other kind of irregularity. To make it work most times you need to apply the mixture very slowly so that it completely sets the cement and grout together.
Yet another Concrete Repairing method is called taping. This is when you tape cracks to your concrete structures. It’s commonly used on structural steel buildings because of its high tensile strength. In order to get the best results a good quality taping job needs to be done by trained professionals who know exactly how to use the equipment and tools effectively.
In conclusion we have found that concrete cracks can be repaired. However, before any repair is done the damage has to be determined. This may require a visit to a laboratory so that we can get a better idea of the problem. Once we know what the problem is we can then decide what to do about the damaged area. Hopefully this article has helped you understand some of the methods available to repair concrete cracks.