It’s the little things that often make the biggest difference. Your cracked concrete patio doesn’t have to be an eyesore. There are many ways you can repair your concrete and restore it to its original luster. There are a few options to choose from, but patching is the most popular choice.
In this article, we’ll share with you the step-by-step process of how to patch a cracked concrete patio. Have a read!
Before starting the process, you need to make sure that you have the right tools and supplies to achieve the goal. Otherwise, you may end up having a mediocre result. So, here are the things you should gather-
- Concrete patch
- Bucket and water
- Power Washer or Hard Bristle Plastic Brush
- Handheld concrete mixer
Thoroughly Clean the Surface
The first step is to clean up the patio and get rid of dirt and debris. You can use a power washer for this purpose, or you can use a hard-bristled plastic brush with soapy water to scrub the surface completely clean. Stains should also be cleaned up at this stage.
To make sure that your concrete is in good shape before starting the process, you need to inspect it thoroughly. You need to check if it is cracked or has any other damage.
Wider damage requires special treatment whereas small cracks can be easily fixed with a paver joint filler. It is recommended that you resurface the patio instead of patching if there are only hairline cracks on the surface without any notable damage on it.
Prepare the Patching Material
Concrete patching is available in both pre-mixed and dry varieties. While the former can be used directly, you need to mix the latter with water before application. You should prepare a bucket of fresh concrete patching compound and one that contains water so that you can have a smooth application process.
The next step is to carefully measure the area to be patched and the amount of patching material that you need. Different patching compounds require different amounts of water to be mixed, so you’ll need to check the label on the package for details.
With this in mind, you should slowly pour the concrete patching compound into a bucket followed by the right amount of water to prepare the working mixture. You should also mix it until there are no lumps or uneven patches of the mixture. At this stage, you’ll need a handheld cement mixture to achieve the perfect consistency.
Applying the Concrete Patch
After preparing the materials, you can start with your repair work. For this purpose, we recommend you to wear gloves as well as old clothing so that your hands are protected from patching materials.
While repairing a patio, it is important not to spill patching materials outside the working area. Otherwise, you’ll end up ruining the overall aesthetics of the patio. To get a neat finish, you may use old newspapers or cloth to protect the outside of the working area.
Now that you have successfully prepared your mixture, you can start applying it all over the crack. Carefully apply the patch so that the cracks are filled at the floor level. As soon as you apply enough patches, make sure to even out the surface and remove excess material. Clean any excess fast before it dries.
You can also add a bonding agent to the concrete patch if you want it to stick better, but this step is not crucial! Patching materials are made with enough bonding properties so that they stick to the existing concrete well. Bonding agents come in handy if you want to patch the surface with regular portland cement, which we don’t recommend doing.
Allow the Surface to Dry
Once done with your repairing work, the last thing that you need to do is allow proper time for drying. This will take approximately 12 hours in normal temperature conditions. Keep in mind to protect your patio against rain during this time.
Plus, make sure no pets or humans go on the area until it is completely dried out!
The last thing you need to do is apply a sealant to your fresh concrete patch. This step will help protect your patio from future wear and tear, but it also helps ensure that the patched area matches the existing structure. You can find a wide variety of sealants in stores, so make sure to choose the right one!
Now, the next time you have a crack or a hole on your concrete patio, you are all set to fix it in no time. Just follow these steps closely and your hard work will pay off.
And don’t forget that concrete is a natural product so repairs should be done quickly in order to avoid further deterioration of the surface. If you take proper care of your patio, it can last for decades so this investment is definitely worth it!
In case of any issues or questions that you may have during the process, you can always get in touch with your local contractor. If you like the article don’t forget to share it!