Filling cracks in concrete is an important step in preserving the concrete. Cracks are inevitable, but this does not mean that you need to just live with them. A little bit of patch or concrete crack filler can help hide the crack, even though they won't make it perfectly invisible. However, they can ultimately prevent the crack from becoming larger. There are two ways to fill a concrete crack: vinyl patch or liquid filler. This article will explain the difference between the two and how they are used. This should help you decide which product is best for your job.
Vinyl concrete patch is very similar to normal concrete. It comes in premixed tubs of various sizes. The mixture consist of concrete aggregate mix, much like normal concrete, in vinyl which makes it more adhesive. This patch is usually made by the same manufacturers that make the actual concrete. This means that they often have the best color matches. If you know and remember the brand and type of concrete be used for the initial pour, you might have any easier time finding a vinyl patch to match.
Applying vinyl patch requires the use of a large putty knife. You basically spread it into the crack and wipe away the excess, almost like you would if you were patching a hole in drywall. When properly applied, vinyl concrete patch probably looks better, but it does not always have to strongest hold, Especially when the crack is rough and rocky.
Concrete filler liquids are easier to use. They come in smaller bottles, almost like a ketchup bottle that you basically squeeze into the crack. Liquid crack fillers come in various colors, but they do not necessarily have the same texture and sheen of concrete, so they often stick out when they dry. However, since they are liquid, they are better for filling smaller cracks. They are also stickier, so they tend to hold for a longer amount of time. But, many people don't like how they look once they dry.
The filler is basically self-leveling, so you pour it into the crack and don't need to use putty knife or trowel to even it out. Applying liquid filler is definitely easier than using vinyl patch.
Both of these products will sufficiently fill a crack and prevent it from spreading. In the end, patch is probably better for larger cracks while the liquid is better for smaller ones. Contact a paving company, like Central Paving & Sealcoating Inc or a similar location, for more tips and info.