When And How To Fill Cracks
Do you have cracks in your concrete that you want to take care of? Before you invest in any crack filler or repair substance, read this article. It will help you decide if it is even worth repairing your cracks. If you do decide that your cracks are patchable, you can follow these instructions on how to perform a professional looking patch job.
Are You Cracks Wide Enough?
First of all, not all cracks are wide enough to be filled. Stress cracks in concrete are more or less inevitable. In fact, cracks can occur as the concrete is drying. Cracks are bound to occur over time because there is a lot of soil underneath the concrete that can be shifting around. There is very little you can do about the soil shifting, but you can repair cracks when they get big enough. There are no set rules for how big a crack should be before you patch it, but it usually isn't worth trying to patch a crack that is less than 1/8" thick.
Simply put, the crack filler won't even really be able to fit in such a narrow crack. But, once a crack becomes any wider than that, you need to worry about water seeping in and out of it, and possibly creating structural issues. Also, many people just want to repair the small cracks because they don't like the way that they look. It is worth noting that adding crack filler isn't going to hide the crack. It's very hard to find a crack filler that is going to blend in perfectly with your concrete and make the existing crack invisible. But, it is better to make your crack waterproof and sealed.
How to Apply the Crack Filler
If you have decided that you have cracks that are worth fixing, you want to buy a premixed crack filler from a home improvement store. Crack filler is easy to use. Before you add the crack filler, you want to make sure the crack is clean and dry. Remove any dirt or weeds in the crack. Basically, you squeeze the filler directly into the crack, but don't spread it onto the top of the concrete. You just want to fill in the gap. The job can be done very easily with a little putty knife.
If you do have cracks that are worth filling, it is best to take care of them now because they might grow bigger and become more serious if you leave them alone for too long. Contact a local commercial paving service for more information and assistance.