Concrete Crack Repair
Most of us probably don’t give much thoughtto concrete repair. We’ve all seen cracks inour driveways or sidewalks, but don’t givethe tiny cracks much thought. When we seebig cracks, however, we do have cause forconcern.A few years ago, I stopped working in“traditional” concrete, and got into stampedconcrete overlays, also known as concreteresurfacing. I admit after several years of traditional concrete experience, even I hadalways bought into the idea when structuralcracks appear in concrete, such as asidewalk, driveway, or foundation of a home,those cracks were some indication of concrete failure and would invariably require eventual replacement.Boy was I wrong! You see, there are typically three types of concrete cracks:
—tiny, superficial cracks that run very shallow, about one-sixteenth to one-thirty-second of an inch in width.
—larger, deeper cracks through the full depth or thickness of the concrete; these are more serious and do affect the structural integrity of thesection, and are considered a failure. Reasons for these vary from lack of supportin the structure, such as insufficient steel, disruptions beneath a surface, such astree roots or other causes of shifts in the earth [VERY common in Texas]— thereare a number of more technical aspects that can come into play with structuralcracks, but we’re keeping it simple here for the sake of basic description for thelay person.
—There are two kinds—
. Joints are straight linesintentionally placed in sidewalks and driveways to prevent future, structural cracksfrom running the full width or length of a poured section of concrete. Control jointsstop cracks from traveling across an entire driveway, or splitting off across the fullexpanse of an area, or into an adjacent section. When a crack does cut across asection of a sidewalk, for example, it’s easier, less costly, and not as timeconsuming to tear out and replace the damaged section.
arewhat they sound like—they allow for movement or “expansion” toward the joint;you’ve probably seen the half-inch, felt like material [sometimes concreteinstallers will use wood, too] in large driveways or pours of concrete such asplaygrounds and such.Bottom line, most people, when they notice the tiny, fine cracks that are shrinkagecracks in their driveway or sidewalk, they aren’t too concerned, but when the deeper,much more noticeable cracks do appear, justified concerns usually arise…unless yousimply don’t care…and then the need to do something to rectify the damage should beaddressed. Maybe you’re facing such a scenario right now.
Concrete Repair structural crack