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Concrete pool deck crack repair advice ???

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by scholzee, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. scholzee

    scholzee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 130

    I have a small job for a relative with cracks and some chipped out concrete on their pool deck. This concrete area has nothing to do with the pools ability on holding water it is only the portion you walk on. I was told by a local if the crack is about 1" wide to undercut it in a upside down vee shape " ^ " and fill it, not like this " V " and smaller cracks use a gray caulk. Color match is not very important they are more concerned with safety ( tripping ) and preventing things from getting worse. Any products or techniques you can recommend are greatly appreciated. Its not bad enough to tear out.
  2. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    You didn't say how wide the cracks are, but if they are typical 1/4 to 3/8, here's a quick repair method: Don't V them out - no need. Run masking tape over the crack end to end. Take a sharp utility knife and cut the tape along the edges of the crack, so only the crack is exposed. Caulk the crack full to the top. I'd recommend either polyurethane, which stretches the most, or a silicone that is designed for concrete. While the caulking is still wet, either cover it with sand, or if you really want a neat job, take a wire brush in a drill and buzz the concrete next to the crack so the dust covers the wet caulk. Next day pull the tape and blow off the excess sand or concrete dust. The repair will be a lot less noticeable with the dust or sand embedded in the caulk. Good luck.
  3. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,066

    I would NOT use polyurethane or silicone. They are not suited for the application. You need to use Sikaflex which is specifically formulated for that type of repair. Sikaflex is a self-leveling type of caulk that has the consistency of bubblegum when dry. It can stretch 10x it's cured width and not let go. It's available in many colors, and is great for filling in rotted out expansion joints and framing joints from concrete work. It's also 100 UV stabilized.

  4. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Sikaflex 1A as shown in the photo is a good choice. That's because it IS a polyurethane (I've got a tube right here). Also, it's NOT self-levelling, because the application in the photo is vertical, and self-levelling materials are for horizontal applications. They level themselves out before they cure. And they would slump out of the vertical joint in the photo. You can check this on their website. There are many brands with equal properties, made by Tremco, Pecora, GE and even DAP, among others.
    If the cracks are deep, fill them almost full of sand or use a joint backer rod before you caulk. You don't want a deep application, because a thick strip of caulking is like a thick piece of rubber - it will break rather than stretch. Ideal shape is a joint width twice the depth - like 1" wide by 1/2" deep.
  5. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,066

    That photo I posted was the only photo I could find showing their brand. Sika makes may types of caulking.

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