Broken and cracked concrete steps detract from the beauty and serenity of your patio. Also, large holes in concrete steps are a perfect hiding spot for rodent. Leaving your steps in a state of disrepair can eventually cause water damage to your foundation walls. Fix the holes and cracks in your steps by following the simple directions below and enjoy your patio all year long.
Vinyl Concrete Patching Compound
Cement Mixer or Wheelbarrow
Duct Tape or any tape designed for uneven and rough surfaces
The first thing you want to do is get the area as clean as you can. You can use a pressure washer to save yourself some time and energy but a garden hose with a sprayer will do just fine. Clean the steps of all the dirt, debris and leaves and let it dry for a few hours.
Now, use your tape to create an edge around the patching area; you don't want to get the new patching compound all over your steps.
Pour the patching compound in the cement mixer or wheelbarrow and mix according to the manufacturer's directions. You want to achieve a consistency of peanut butter. Mix well to avoid air bubbles.
Now using your trowel, pack the compound firmly in the repair area. Give the compound some time to harden. This can take 10 minutes to an hour depending on how hot or cold the temperatures are. Test the patch with your finger and wait till the compound gets as hard as grapefruit skin. Once the patch has hardened to the desired texture, smooth and level the surface with the trowel to match the old concrete. Let the patch cure for a few days before walking on it.
Mix only small amounts of compound mix at a time. Any unused mixture will need to be disposed of.
Take frequent breaks while mixing the compound and doing the repair to give your back and arms a break.
Wear knee pads and gloves to protect your skin and prevent injury.
Do your concrete repair on a week with dry conditions so check the forecast for rain.
Avoid repairing concrete on a day with extreme temperatures. Hot weather dries the compounding mix too fast and the patch will take too long to cure in cold temperatures. The ideal temperature is anywhere between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Don't let unsightly steps ruin your outdoor experience. Follow the directions above to keep your steps in great condition. For more information, contact D & R Masonry Restoration, Inc.