Concrete Crack Repair
The Process of Repairing or Replacing Damaged Concrete
For residential and commercial walkways, concrete is one of the most durable materials on the market today.
While some property owners choose asphalt or stone for their walkways, the clean look of concrete offers property owners a significant aesthetic and property value boost.
Concrete is a very stable, durable, and bright pathway material and is the most preferred walkway material globally.
Concrete Walkway Damage
While concrete material is strong and durable, concrete does crack and can begin to separate over time. When this occurs, it is essential to monitor it for any signs of material breakdown.
Concrete material cracks and separates for a variety of reasons such as excessive heat, excessive cold, frost heaves, flooding, soil disposition, aging, excessive foot, bicycle or vehicular traffic, excessive weight burdens on the concrete, or improper installation.
Damage often starts as one or several small cracks and grows over time. As water and weather conditions take their toll, the material begins to break down and require repair or replacement.
Basic Concrete Crack Repair
Small crack repair involves a process of patching the area with a concrete filler and then leveling it off so that the patch does not cause a hazard to pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicular traffic.
The time it takes to repair a crack is usually only several hours. To ensure that the crack sealant works properly, it should not be walked on for at least 48 hours.
Walkway- Driveway or Patio Concrete Repair
Concrete can be easily repaired by professional concrete sidewalk repair companies. While some patching can be done of cracks, concrete that has more severe cracks, or concrete that separates sinks or lifts, can be very dangerous. When this type of damage occurs, it can create a hazard to pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic.
Using concrete crack repair services at the first sign of concrete separation, uplift, or material depression can help prevent more costly repairs and injury risk.
Concrete sections that have more significant damage can be repaired by cutting out the concrete’s damaged section and replacing it by pouring a brand new section of concrete. Once the replacement is done, the process of letting it dry or cure is up to 28 days.
It can usually be walked on within 48 hours, but heavy pedestrian traffic or bicycle should not occur for seven days. For concrete that will be used for vehicle traffic, it should be allowed to set for the full 28 days.
Concrete that does not cure and dry properly can shrink, crack or weaken into a crumbling surface. The longer concrete is given to cure and harden, the stronger and more durable it will be.
If you’re in need of a concrete crack repair services, call Cement Tech, LLC today! We have years of experience fixing and repairing some of the toughest and hardest to reach concrete cracks in the Astoria, Queens, NY area.