If you have an old and damaged concrete patio, then you may think that replacing it is the only option. However, replacement is an expensive and time-consuming project that is often unnecessary. Even concrete patios that are in a dreadful state of repair can be salvaged with the right repair process. Here are the three steps your concrete contractor is likely to take to restore your patio to an attractive and functional space.
1. Crack repair
Older concrete often becomes cracked due to wear and tear, weathering and the erosion of the base materials which support the concrete slab. Even very large cracks can be repaired effectively with specialised repair work by an experienced contractor.
Cracks are most commonly repaired by injecting an epoxy based gel into the offending areas. As this gel sets, it hardens and bonds the cracked concrete back together. This seals up the cracks and also prevents further damage or cracking from occurring.
Old concrete has often become stained and discoloured over time which can make it appear to be highly unattractive and even unsalvageable for continued use. Build up of surface mould and mildew may also make your patio a slippery and unhealthy surface to use. Fortunately, most of these concerns can be removed with appropriate cleaning.
Generally, concrete can be effectively cleaned using high-pressure water sprayers. If the staining is really severe, then an acid based cleaner may be needed to get it looking fresh again. This type of product needs careful handling and application and should only be used by a professional concrete contractor.
As well as stains and dirt, the surface of your concrete patio may have become dented, scratched or unevenly worn over the years. This damage looks unsightly and can also cause further corrosion of the concrete surface if not addressed.
Resurfacing the concrete will make the surface of your concrete patio even and flat again. This can be achieved by grinding and sanding the damaged areas and refilling the holes with an epoxy resin if necessary. Once the concrete has been resurfaced, it can be sealed with a variety of clear or coloured products which will protect the surface and add aesthetic appeal to your patio.
You don't need to spend a fortune to transform your old concrete patio into a fresh and modern space. With these three steps, your concrete contractor can make your concrete patio look like new for a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
Hello, my name is Eric and this is my concrete blog. I am not a concrete contractor but I have recently learnt quite a lot about concrete and concrete pumping. I decided to lay a new concrete drive at my home. The drive is very long and very wide so I needed a lot of concrete. I didn't fancy carrying all this concrete so I opted for a concrete pump. I wasn't exactly sure how to operate this piece of equipment so I contacted a contractor who came out and assisted me. I learnt so much from this guy that I decided to start this blog.