Category Archives: MatchCrete

Hoover Dam Demonstration Project Update

Project Update: Almost 7 years after application, this Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ and MatchCrete™ Clear repair still looks good.
Concrete repair with Roadware MatchCrete Cleat and Concrete Mender at Hoover Dam almost 7 years after application.
Roadware Hoover Dam Demonstration Project
Use Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender and MatchCrete™ Clear to make decorative and color matching repairs.

 

1) Top of dam shows various cracks.

 

2) Damage is built up with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.

 

3) A top layer of MatchCrete™ and matching brown silica sand is applied.

 

4) Structurally bonded and blended well with surrounding concrete.

Special thanks to Randy Sisson and Minitman Supply Colorado for sending this in.

Stamped Concrete Patio Pop-out Repair

Repairing seasonal pop-outs in stamped and colored concrete is easy with MatchCrete™ Clear. Just add some powered pigment or grout to the clear MatchCrete™ aliphatic polyurethane and you can match most any color. Come back after 24 hours and give the repairs a light sanding to blend them in. See the short video below.

Repairing pop-outs in stamped decorative concrete with MatchCrete™ Clear and added dry pigments.
Repairing pop-outs in stamped decorative concrete with MatchCrete™ Clear and added dry pigments.

Stamped Concrete Crack Repair with MatchCrete™ Clear.

Repair Cracks and Spalls in stamped concrete with MatchCrete™ Clear.
You can use MatchCrete™ Clear Concrete Repair Polyurethane to repair intregal color or stamped concrete.
MatchCrete Clear stamped concrete crack repair.
Remove dirt, loose concrete, repair materials or failed caulk.
Prepare crack for MatchCrete Clear application
Use a diamond blade to slightly cut open the crack and clean out loose concrete and debris.
Stamped concrete repair with Roadware MatchCrete Clear.
Use tape to mask off the crack.
Materials need to repair stamped concrete with MatchCrete Clear.
Gather materials needed to make the repair. From left to right we have some brown concrete pigment, silica sand (43-30 grit), black unsanded tile grout for color, and a mixing cup.
Materials need to repair a crack in stamped concrete with MatchCrete Clear.
Dispence the MatchCrete™ Clear into a cup.
Adding silica sand to Roadware MatchCrete Clear for repairing stamped concrete.
Add a littlt silica sand to give the MatchCrete™ Clear some base color.
To create your color, add a small amount of powdered concrete pigment and blend with a mixing stick.
Mixing pigment into MatchCrete Clear.
Concrete pigments are strong. It just takes a small amount to color the product.
Here we are adding some black un-sanded tile grout to the mix to make a closely matching color to the stamped concrete. You can use many types of sand and dry pigments to create the desired color and texture.
Blending color into MatcCrete Clear.
Blend well by hand for about 30 seconds. You will have about 10 – 15 minutes of working time before the product starts to gel. Work in small batches.
Pour MatchCrete Clear into the crack.
Pour the blended MatchCrete™ Clear into the crack. The material will start to gel and can be troweled into place before setting.
Reapiring Stamped concrete with MatchCrete Clear.
Allow to set for about 30 minutes and pull the tape.
MatchCrete Clear Stamped concrete repair.
The repair can will be ready for traffic in about an hour. Roadware MtchCrete™ Clear repairs are tough and will not crack apart like cement based materials. The repair is UV color stable and will not become brittle like epoxy. Please click here for a MatchCrete™ Clear data sheet.

Repair polished concrete with Concrete Mender™

Stop repairing polished concrete with polyurea joint fillers. They look like plastic, do not bond well, and do not hold-up over time. Concrete polishing lets the natural beauty of stones, sand, and rock shine through.  Your repair product should as well.

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We took the proven Microdoweling™ properties of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ and combined it with natural sands, aggregates and pigments to make repairs that not only look great, but perform better than epoxies and polyureas.

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The repair pictured above shows  Roadware Concrete Mender™ Off-white blended with plain concrete sand and a small amount of portland cement. This water-thin polyurethane is almost translucent. When we add nearly any type of dry sand or aggregate, we get a fast-curing polishable repair that blends beautifully with the surrounding concrete. Since this material is almost translucent, it resists shadowing effects due to over-banding when applied.

Repairing Cracks in Driveways and Patios Updated

One of the most common calls we get is asking how to repair a crack in a driveway or patio.  We designed Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear with this in mind.  Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear is a UV stable clear polyurethane hybrid that makes effective repairs to most exterior concrete surfaces.  By simply leaving the repair clear, the color of the surrounding concrete shows throughout the repair.

The first step to a good looking crack repair is to rout-out or cut the repair open with a diamond blade grinder.  You only have to go about 1/4″ x 1/4″. This will create a recess for the material to rest as it soaks down further into the crack.  Skipping this step will allow the material to flow uncontrollably on the surface and will create a messy looking repair.

 

Apply cartridge mixed MatchCrete™ Clear directly to the crack. Small amounts of silica or quartz sand can be added to keep the material from flowing out the bottom of the slab.  If necessary, matching colored sand can be used to match colored concrete areas. Fill the crack to slightly below grade to prevent material from flowing on to the surface of the concrete.

After a year of service, the repair above still looks good.  Please note, MatchCrete™ Clear is not a soft expansion joint material and should not be used in joints that are designed to move.  Always give careful consideration as to why the concrete cracked in the first place and what the concrete is expected to do in the future before making repairs of this nature.

UPDATE:
September, 2013
We have a new video for driveway hairline crack repair:

Using Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear to repair cracks on the historic Stone Arch Bridge.

This week the City of Minneapolis used Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear to repair cracks in the exposed aggregate walkway surface on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   The Stone Arch Bridge is unique to the Mississippi River and features 23 arches, is 2100 feet long and 28 feet wide.

The bridge was built by railroad baron James J. Hill in 1883 and served as a working railroad bridge until 1965.  Today the bridge is mostly used by walkers and bicyclists.  The bridge also hosts many festivals and public events in the summer months.

In preparation for the summer festival season, City of Minneapolis crews used Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear to repair cracks in the exposed aggregate walkway surface. MatchCrete™ Clear is combined with matching rock to repair cracks and restore a consistent walking surface.

The process begins with routing out the cracks with a dry diamond blade
to remove loose dirt and debris. Clean and dry matching stone is placed
into the crack up to surface level.

Matching stone is added up to the surface level

Next, two-part blended MatchCrete™ Clear is poured into the repair up to the surface. This fills in all the voids between the stones and seals the crack.  MatchCrete™ Clear is a semi-ridged material that will support all kinds of traffic from pedestrians to industrial fork lifts.

MatchCrete™ Clear is added to the pre-placed stone

See video MatchCrete™ Clear application video below:

 

Repairs will have a, wet” look for a few months and will naturally dull over time. A clear coat sealing over the entire surface will off-set this effect.

MatchCrete™ Clear repair in exposed aggregate concrete.

In a few months, Repairs with MatchCrete™ Clear will dull and blend into the surrounding concrete.

Over time, repairs will become less shiny.

Update: June 24, 2012.

MatchCrete™ Clear repairs 18 days later.

 

I revisited the repairs on the bridge 18 days later. The surface has been sealed.  The repairs are performing as expected.

Roadware MatchCrete Clear is available is 50ml and 600ml cartridges and two gallon bulk kits.

 

Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear 71300 600ml Cartridge

 

 

World of Concrete 2012 in Las Vegas

Hello Concrete Professional,Are you attending the World of Concrete 2012 in Las Vegas?

Please accept my personal invitation to visit Roadware booth S11447
at the World of Concrete 2012. We have new Roadware concrete repair
products to show and more opportunities to grow your business than ever.

New in 2012:

Roadware MatchCrete Clear
has an improved formula that is easier to use and will not bubble or
swell under high moisture conditions. Perfect for repairing polished
concrete and exposed aggregate. We will be demonstrating this new
formula through out the day. Use MatchCrete Clear indoors or out with
confidence.

 

Roadware Off-white Concrete Mender
(formally known as MatchCrete Concrete Mender), is our color matching
base material for repairing and matching stained and polished concrete
floors.

Roadware Safety Yellow Concrete Mender is a great solution for installing permanent yellow safety floor markings.

Roadware 50ml Mini Cartridges. These easy to use cartridges are great for precise application and repairing hairline cracks.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender–
The gold standard in high-performance concrete repair for almost 20
years now. “It’s thin, it gets in, and it won’t pop out!” is not just a
slogan, we stake our reputation on it.  Roadware 10 Minute Concrete
Mender is the mission critical concrete repair product you have been
looking for. With a surface tension one third of water, this product
gets deep into concrete surfaces and structurally bonds slabs back
together.   2010 MIP Winner.

I hope we can work with you and do more business in 2012.

See you at the show!

Kelton Glewwe
Vice President
Roadware Inc.
Office: 651-457-6122
Cell: 612-801-9200

P.S.

We tend to get swamped with the crowds at the show. Feel
free to send me a text message at 612-801-9200 before or during the show
to schedule a quick meeting.