It is only normal for driveways or patios to develop cracks over time because of various reasons such as tree roots; freezing and thawing cycles during the winter season; and movement of the soil underneath. When this happens, you may be tempted to have it replaced with a new one.
However, if the damage is not that severe, you may want to consider repairing it first, which is an easier and more economical solution. All you will need are basic tools and products for concrete patch repair.
The instructions below will guide you through fixing concrete cracks and holes.
Preparation of the Damaged Area
First, you will need to clean the cracked area by removing any debris such as loose pieces of concrete or pebbles with a steel scrub brush. You should also use a vacuum after removing the bigger loose parts to ensure that you have removed even the smaller particles.
Wash the damaged area with water and let it dry completely.
Patching Smaller Holes
You can fill smaller cracks with mortar repair in a caulking tube. Force it into the cracks to seal the crack. This will prevent any water from leaking and damaging the concrete. Smoothen the mortar with the caulking tube tip and your finger after the application.
Repairing Larger Cracks
To patch bigger holes or cracks, you will need more than mortar repair and a caulking tube. You will need a concrete patch material, which you can purchase at a local hardware store. They usually come in small bags so you will not have to end up with too much leftover.
Make sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer as you mix the concrete patch. Spread and smoothen the patch into the holes with a pointing trowel or a rubber floor squeegee.
You may also use a concrete sealer after the concrete patch has completely cured to ensure that water does not enter the patch and damage it again.
Repaired concrete does not look as good as new concrete as there will be telltale signs of your patchwork. But if the damage is not that bad and you are a little tight on budget, a little DIY repair can do the trick.
Of course, you can always hire a handyman to do the job for you if you are not that handy yourself.