A patio is a place for family and friends to gather but sometimes when the concrete on your patio is cracked it can leave you feeling a bit embarrassed. There are ways to repair the concrete on your patio to make it look as good as new once again. These tips will help you to figure out what you need and how much of it that you will need. Some of the things that you will need to repair a cracked patio surface is an acid agent, caulk gun, concrete, spatula used for concrete, epoxy. All of the materials used in this guide can be found at your local home repair store and at most hardware stores.
Before you purchase anything you will need to know approximately how big the crack is. You can either measure this using a ruler, tape measure, or using your best judgment. If the crack is deep and you are unable to determine how deep that it is, use your best judgment and remember that it is always better to over purchase than to under purchase.
It is always best to clean the area first and you can do this with acid which will also help the new concrete to settle with the old much easier and quicker. While using the acid make sure to not get any on your clothing or skin. If the acid does come in contact with you, you should read the back of the bottle for instruction on what to do or contact your emergency provider. If you are not able to use acid you can clean the area with a wire brush or using a hose with great water pressure instead.
Once you have cleaned the area with acid you will need to begin to fill the crack with injectable epoxy which will aid in filling up the cracks and causing both sides to stick together securely. If the crack is large then you should use a concrete patch agent which expands when mixed with water. The concrete patch comes in different forms but is often sold in a powder for easy use. Before you add this agent to the crack you need to make sure that the crack is as dry as possible.
Now that you have cleaned and filled the crack you will need to add the concrete to cover the crack. There should only be a thin layer of concrete that is added to the crack. If an excess amount of concrete is over the crack you can get this off using a concrete spatula. The spatula is also great for smoothing out the concrete to create a much better repair job. If concrete is out of the question you can use paint but it probably will not look as good as using concrete or sealant.
Once the concrete, sealant, or paint is poured over the crack you should allow time for it to dry before using it.
This quick guide to repairing the concrete on your patio surface is also great for carports garages, or other areas that need the concrete repaired.
Now that you know how to quickly repair the crack in the concrete on your patio you don’t have to be ashamed when your friends and family come over and see the huge crack.