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4 Things You Need To Do When Filling Cracks In Your Concrete Path

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If a concrete path leads to your front steps, it is only natural that you would want that path to look as good as possible; after all, the path is the first thing a guest might see as they approach your door. However, over time, the concrete might start to crack and need to be filled. Here are four helpful tips to use when you hope to smooth out your path by crack filling.

Sweep the Path

Sweeping the path might seem like a maintenance or vanity task, but it can be a very important part of the crack-filling process. When you sweep the cracks and surrounding areas, you remove debris from the crack that is going to be filled with patch compound. Clearing out any loose debris in the crack and making sure there are no twigs or pine needles stuck in there will help the patching compound go on smoothly and dry smoothly. If you attempt to fill a crack that hasn't been swept and cleared out, the patching compound might dry roughly and with clumps. That will look unsightly, but what's more, it might cause a guest to trip when they walk by.

Make the Crack Bigger

If you're like many who try to fill cracks in concrete, you might see a crack, put on some patching compound and think the job is done. What you might not know is that the patching compound needs to be able to sink into the crack as fully as possible; if you're filling a narrow crack, that can be difficult because it might not penetrate the crack completely. If that happens, the patching compound will dry, but can easily be dislodged, which will mean you need to do the job again.

To ensure that the patching compound can sink full into the crack and stay put, use a chisel and hammer to enlarge the crack a bit.

Apply Bonding Agent

After you've enlarged the concrete crack, it's smart to apply abonding agent to the crack before putting the patching compound into it. Bonding agent will help the patching compound "stick" to the rest of the concrete. Apply the substance in all the places you plan to put the patching compound. Pay special attention to the edges of the crack.

Apply a Concrete Sealant

After the patching compound has dried properly, the next thing to think about is how to prevent further cracks. A good sealant will block out water and debris so that your concrete path is protected from stains, cracks and other problems. Apply the sealant to the entire path.

The tips above can help you repair cracks that you see in your concrete path. If you have additional questions, ask a local concrete contractor for assistance.

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10 June 2016