A little weathering is enough to cause small cracks in your concrete garage floor. The good news is, with just a little know how and ingenuity, homeowners can even do small repairs on their own. And giving a quick fix to your garage floor can make a world of difference! The garage acts as one of the entrances to your home and it’s where your cars are parked, think of it as one piece that holds your home’s design together. The effect of a beautiful lawn, a classically designed house and a quaint backyard can be ruined by some concrete cracking. But there are several things you can do to get things fixed.
Steps on Repairing Concrete Garage Floor
The initial step in any repair is to prepare for the job correctly. This entails cleaning out cracks thoroughly to ensure that any patch you use will bond properly to the concrete.
The second step, once the concrete garage floor cracks have been cleaned, is to make a decision on what kind of concrete patching products to use. Homeowners can choose from premixed sealants, premixed concrete or mortar mixes. It would depend on the size of the crack and the homeowner’s preference. If you’re doing the repair yourself and aren’t sure of what patching agent it best, you can drop by the nearest building supply store and ask for their advice. They probably have encountered similar situations and can guide you into making the best choice.
To start repairing your floor you’ll need to mix two batches of the patching material. But you have to use them immediately to avoid them from drying up. Start by combining the patching agent with water at a ratio of three to one. The consistency of the first mixture should be thick and this will serve as your filler. The next batch should have a thinner consistency, but should still be thick enough to stick to the sides of the crack.
Apply the thinner of the two mixtures to the sides and bottom of the crack. It should be enough to coat all sides. This initial coating will act as the glue that will hold the filling in place. Follow by filling the crack with the thicker concrete patching compound.
Let the mixtures sit for a couple of hours before covering it with plastic. Leave the floor covered and moisten it every couple of hours for several days. This guarantees that the concrete will remain moist enough to cure. Remove the plastic wrap after several days.
Should You Do it yourself?
There are simple repair jobs that you can do yourself. Isolated or small cracks will just require an easy and simple DIY filling job. You can use concrete caulk as a temporary fix to keep the crack from worsening. But you should time your repairs carefully too. If the weather isn’t ideal, water might seep into a crack, freeze and cause the crack to widen when it expands.
A floor repair should be done well the first time. A shoddy job can cause a lot of cosmetic surface problems that can include chunks of concrete popping out of the driveway and making it look like the moon’s surface, sheets of concrete being sheared off or a mass of hairline cracks that might look like a maze.
But for larger problems, you will need the help of professionals. Of course, most contractors would only be glad to fix every problem you have. But one problem that they should really be called to deal with is when you encounter a sunken slab in your garage or driveway. This is typically caused by erosion and a contractor might need to add fresh concrete under the initial layer.
Repairing the cracks in the garage floor by yourself can be a satisfying, but at times a tedious job. It’s important that you recognize when you can do the job yourself and when you need to get professional assistance. There actually is no greater investment to your home than professionals who you can trust to do a good job. But whether you decide to deal with concrete problems by yourself or hire a professional, make sure you give immediate attention to your concrete garage floor to prevent it from worsening.