How A Contractor May Repair Minor And Major Flaws In Concrete Pavement

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How A Contractor May Repair Minor And Major Flaws In Concrete Pavement

28 March 2022
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Excessive use, weather variables, and improper installations can affect the durability of a concrete surface. Some common flaws that you may notice on a concrete surface include feather marks, light or deep cracks, and chipping. A residential concrete product that is designed to set quickly will resurface concrete that is in need of structural and cosmetic upgrades.

The Complexity Of A Concrete Repair Project

Concrete is a common material that is used to hardscape residential and commercial land. A driveway, a patio, a set of steps, or a retaining wall may all be made predominantly or solely from concrete. The complexity of a repair project is dependent upon how much structural damage has occurred. For instance, chipped concrete that contains deep grooves will require concrete to be both patched and resurfaced. A less minor concrete issue may only entail slight cracks that are present at the surface of concrete pavement. A concrete contractor may offer both residential- and industrial-grade products that are designed for patching and resurfacing purposes. The products will be colored similarly to natural concrete. If you had a concrete surface stained when it was first installed, a concrete contractor will need to color match the product that is going to be used for repair purposes.

The Application And Repair Steps

A contractor will need to clean the surface of the concrete first. This will reveal all of the hardscaping in its entirety and allow a contractor to provide the concrete with a comprehensive assessment. A contractor may use a pressurized hose or power washer to remove oily substances and surface stains from the concrete. If concrete isn't badly affected by damage, applying a resurfacing agent can be conducted after the cleaning process has concluded.

Minor damage can be concealed by adding a thin layer of a resurfacer over the concrete. Many products on the market are self-curing. Any extensive damage may need to be chipped or scraped, prior to applying a patch and a resurfacer. The concrete that is going to be patched should be damp during the repair process. This will allow a patch material to bond with the concrete. After the patch has dried, a contractor may re-dampen the concrete and use a skimmer to spread a uniform coat of a resurfacing agent across the pavement. Water will typically be mixed with a resurfacing agent, prior to the application process. Color dyes will be added to the wet mixture if warranted.

For more information on residential concrete repair, contact a contractor in your area.