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Concrete Flatwork Repair Tips

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Though concrete has a lifespan of approximately 50 years, it is important to be able to identify the inevitable damage that will emerge on your flatwork, as well as devise a plan to solve the problem at its source.

If you are looking for a definitive list of concrete flatwork repair tips and tricks, the team at UNIQUE Paving Materials is here to provide you with a complete guide on how to properly repair and maintain your concrete flatwork.

What Is Concrete Flatwork?

Concrete flatwork refers to any flat, horizontal surface that is comprised of concrete. Though the term is most commonly heard in the construction industry, it can be alluded to in other contexts as well.

Though a sturdy material, concrete does wear down over time due to regular use and the elements, necessitating repair work. When working with concrete flatwork repair and preservation materials, the final restoration can last for many years without needing maintenance.

What Does Concrete Flatwork Repair Apply To?

Some of the most common concrete flatwork repairs apply to the following surfaces:

  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Floors
  • Patios
  • Slabs

Due to the material’s various applications, there are some key flatwork repair tips that can help direct you through the process of repairing your damaged or aging concrete. Learn more from our comprehensive guide today.

5 Flatwork Repair Tips to Follow When Addressing Concrete Damage

1. Identify the Problem

Whether you are dealing with a minuscule crack or larger issues, such as potholes and undermined pavement, it is important to properly identify the issue and cause, as well as make a definitive plan of action. From there, you can take the necessary steps to solve the problem and prevent it from reoccurring.

2. Clean and Prepare the Crack

When dealing with any concrete flatwork repair project, you should make sure that the area you are looking to repair is properly cleaned before maintenance. That is why we recommend following these steps to clean your crack before the application process:

  • Use either a screwdriver, weed eater, or a power washer to clear any excess debris, water, or weeds in your crack
  • With compressed air, a leaf blower, or our STIFFWITCH® broom, clear any remaining debris left over from the previous step
  • Ensure that your newly cleaned crack is dry or just slightly damp before proceeding with your concrete flatwork repair

It is important to note that some of these steps may not apply to your specific project. For example, if you are looking to apply hydraulic cement to the bottom of your pool to prevent further leakage, you would not be able to complete this process.

On the other hand, these steps are incredibly beneficial for those looking for a quick fix in their flatwork with a concrete crack filler, or our UNIQUE FLEXICRETE® XP. For additional information, please contact our team directly.

3. Repair the Crack Accordingly

Based on the damage you are dealing with, as well as the preparation you have completed to this point, now is the time to apply your concrete repair material to the affected area. That is where our team comes in to help you find the perfect solutions for your application needs.

Along with our flatwork repair tips, our team at UNIQUE Paving Materials offers a broad range of concrete repair products for you to choose from. This includes the following:

To learn more about each product and its specific use, check out the individual product pages.

4. Seal Your Concrete Flatwork

Once your concrete flatwork repair is finished, it is best to completely seal your surface for the best results. This helps ensure that the work that you put into your restoration will last for years to come.

Our environmentally friendly, non-hazardous, and ready-to-use UNIQUE® Concrete Sealer is a great choice for those wanting to further protect their pavement. When applying this sealer to your flatwork, make sure to keep these things in mind:

  • Spray smoothly and evenly to avoid pooling
  • Give it 24 hours between applying coats
  • Allow 24 to 48 hours for curing

5. Take Preventative Measures Going Forward

Though your concrete is expected to last for years to come, we suggest regularly assessing the overall health of your pavement. That way, concrete flatwork repairs can be made accordingly if you happen to see any issues develop.

Concrete flatwork is expected to need smaller routine repairs around every 10 years, but unexpected maintenance may be needed at any point. That is why keeping an eye out for unexpected changes to your flatwork is necessary to ensure that larger problems do not arise.

In Need of Concrete Flatwork Repair Materials? Contact Us Today!

No matter how big or small your restoration is, our team hopes that our flatwork repair tips will help you get started with your next project.

Contact us today with any questions you may have, as we look forward to assisting you soon.

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Becky Dunlavey

With over 10 years of experience, I wear many hats at UNIQUE Paving Materials. In addition to managing our multimedia marketing efforts and coordinating trade shows and regional events, working with the sales and customer service departments has allowed me to gain a multifaceted knowledge of the industry.

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