How To Repair And Resurface A Concrete Patio

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Concrete is a highly durable material, but after time, it can crack and crumble with changing weather and temperatures. If your concrete is just beginning to crack or looks a little rough, the good news is that it can be repaired and resurfaced. If, however, your concrete is already crumbling and in really bad shape, you may want to think about having a new concrete patio put in for you by a professional concrete contractor. See below for instructions on how to repair and resurface your patio.

Repairing Concrete

  • Cracks. For small cracks in your concrete, you can use a concrete fill. This is similar to a caulk and is easy to use. First, clean out the crack so it's free of weeds or grass. Use a weed killer for this, then pull out the dead weeds/grass once dry. Use a broom to clean out any loose concrete or other debris (you can also use a shop vacuum for this as well). Finally, read the manufacturer's directions on the concrete crack fill. For larger cracks, you may need to fill in the cracks using a concrete mix. Spread it into the crack using a small shovel and even it out using a putty knife. Allow either crack fill you use to dry completely before using the patio.
  • Stains. Concrete is very porous, so it can stain easily. If your concrete has stains from mold or algae, first try to use a power washer to get up most of the dirt and debris. Then use a mild detergent such as dish soap mixed with warm water and a soft scrub brush to try and get the stain out. For tougher stains such as oil or grease stains, look at your local hardware store for a concrete wash and follow the manufacturer's directions.

Resurfacing Concrete

If the overall appearance of your concrete is looking a little rough from everyday use, you can resurface the entire area using a concrete resurfacer. You can find this at your local hardware store. Be sure to read the package to see how to use it, as well as how much you'll need to use depending on the size of your patio. Be sure to clean your patio thoroughly using a power washer and cleaning agent, and repair any cracks in your patio before applying the resurfacer. Spread the concrete resurfacer evenly onto your patio in a thin layer using a squeegee. Allow the concrete to dry and set thoroughly before using your patio.

Be sure to maintain your concrete to keep it looking like new and prevent it from breaking down. Maintain your concrete by sweeping it often to keep debris such as grass clippings and leaves off of it, and clean it a few times per year using a hose and a mild detergent.

If your concrete patio is looking a little used and abused, try to repair and resurface it before it gets too bad and needs to be replaced. Contact concrete contractors in your area for more info.

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22 June 2016

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