From time to time, our house’s concrete pathways, walls or patios may encounter minor damages, and instead of calling on a professional to fix it, we can always do the job on our own as long as we have the right materials and knowledge. Listed below are the step by step procedures in repairing or fixing minor damages either in a concrete floor, pathway or wall. These concrete repair tips from AAA Concreting should help you fix your own minor repair jobs.
- Before starting any cement-related job, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves. Always start with a clean concrete, remove any dirt, dust or oil on the surface of the concrete. If there are parts of the concrete which are flaky, remove these with the use of a hammer and a chisel. It is also advised to scrub the area that needs repair with a brush and then rinse.
- Prepare your vinyl concrete patcher by mixing 5 pounds of the vinyl concrete patcher in 10 ounces of water. Take note that in order to facilitate better mixing, the patcher must be added to the water and not otherwise. Make sure not to add too much water because this will make the vinyl concrete patcher weak.
- With the use of a margin trowel, mix the vinyl concrete patcher for 3 to 5 minutes until lumps are no longer visible. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes undisturbed.
- Before applying the vinyl concrete patcher, remix the mixture and add small amounts of water until you achieve a putty consistency. Once the mixture has begun to set, stop adding water.
- Before applying the mixture, saturate the repair area by dampening it with enough water. Take note that any excess water must be removed because this will affect the efficacy of the vinyl concrete patcher.
- Using a margin trowel again, apply the vinyl concrete patcher in layers. The first amount of the mixture that is applied must be firmly pressed in the repair area. Once the first layer was applied properly, make sure that its surface is smooth so that the vinyl concrete patcher is leveled with the surrounding concrete.
- After applying the mixture, the repair area must be left undisturbed for a maximum of 3 days.
- In cases of smaller aesthetic concrete repairs, and if the temperature is between 50 to 90 degrees, a concrete patching compound may be used. Prepare this by simply stirring the concrete patching compound with a margin trowel or a putty knife.
- Apply and spread the concrete patching compound properly in the repair area making sure that it is even with the concrete surrounding it. If the cracks you are repairing are more than ¼ thick, the concrete patching compound must be applied in layers. Let the first layer dry before applying the next layer. You may also wet the margin trowel to have a smooth finish of the repair.
- Unlike the vinyl concrete patcher, the concrete patching compound will begin to dry for about 20 to 40 minutes and it will harden completely after 1 to 2 hours.
For bigger damage we always recommend that you call an expert concrete contractor, such as AAA Concreting.