When it’s time perform some minor concrete crack repair on your sidewalk or driveway you might not know what materials to purchase. You might have seen your neighbor use some kind of orange foam that looked terrible and said to yourself, “There must be a better solution.” Don’t worry my friend there’s a much better solution. I always tell people to use a self leveling caulk with a backer rod. You might not know what self leveling sealant does, but keep reading and we’ll show you how to fix your concrete cracks and where to buy the right materials.
The aim of this article is to show you 3 quick and easy tips for fixing concrete cracks in your driveway or sidewalk. Please read on to learn what I always tell people to do when fixing a concrete crack.
The 1st step is finding the right kind of concrete crack repair filler. We suggest a self leveling caulk like Novalink SL. You will need to do this for the reason that if you don’t use a self leveling caulk, the caulk will not flow down into the crack and make a permanent seal. You will want to steer clear of foam crack filler because it is not easy to make a clean fix and the end result looks very bad. The 1st step is the most important step to get done properly. Those that don’t use a self leveling sealant will not be happy with their results.
The 2nd step is to clean the concrete crack. Here you need to avoid leaving dirt, twigs and leaves in the crack and try to give the concrete crack a good scrub with a wire brush before putting your caulking down.
The 3rd step is to make sure you use some kind of backer rod before applying your self leveling caulk. This will be important because if you don’t use some kind of backer you might use too much caulk for the crack.
Because self leveling caulk flows it will seek out the lowest point of the crack. If your crack goes deep into the ground, you will use way to much caulk. Use a backer rod to make sure the caulking doesn’t go more than 1/4 – 1/2″ deep into the crack.
Keep to the above three steps carefully. Those that follow my instructions will quickly and easily fix their sidewalk cracks and will wow their neighbors with their excellent concrete crack repairing abilities!
I get this concrete crack repair kit off of Amazon. There are a few other options, but this kit is very reasonably priced and you know it’ll get the job done. I always tell people to get this kit because I won’t have to worry about a big box home improvement store selling me the wrong material.
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