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Concrete Crack Fillers, What They Do, And When To Use Each Kind

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In the world of concrete repair services, you will find that there are small jobs and large jobs. Small jobs include filling concrete cracks and replacing small sections of smashed concrete. There are several different kinds of concrete crack fillers, and each one does something a little different. Here are some descriptions of some concrete crack fillers, what they do, and when to use each kind of crack filler to repair your driveway or sidewalk.

Crack Caulk

Crack caulk is a crack filler that comes in a caulk tube and can be applied with the use of a caulk gun. (If you cannot get this substance to squeeze into narrower cracks because the tube's end is too wide, there are a couple of extra tools you can attach that will make the end narrower. Then you can fill the smaller cracks more easily.) The nice thing about the crack caulk is that it dries quickly. You can use a standard sanding tool to smooth out the edges so that it is even with the concrete surrounding it. Crack caulk is best for those times when you have just a few cracks in a certain area of your driveway or sidewalk and you want to adhere the pieces of concrete back together again.

Concrete Crack Filler

Usually, concrete crack filler is real, quick-drying concrete. Using a mason's trowel, the concrete crack filler is pushed into the cracks, smoothed over, and left to dry as usual. It does not dry as quickly as concrete caulk, and therefore is often used on large cracks where the amount of concrete caulk would be useless. It can be used on smaller cracks as well, but it works best on chunks of concrete that have split away from slabs entirely.

Black Tar Filler

You have probably seen this type of crack filler all over parking lots and roads. It is extremely sticky and it dries quicker than concrete crack filler. It is not asphalt itself, but more or less the liquid portion of asphalt. Even if you do not have asphalt in your driveway or on your sidewalk, you can still use this type of crack filler. It adheres several cracked sections of a concrete slab together so that you do not have to pay a paving contractor to rip out the entire slab and replace it. It also acts as a protective sealant when your contractor does not have time to replace your concrete slabs before the winter snows hit. 

For more information, contact a local company like Gann Asphalt & Concrete.

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17 May 2016