Polishing and honing concrete to smooth shiny surface is a great way to give an old warehouse floor new life. Sometimes, warehouse floors are too damaged and worn to make polishing practical. Floors that are full of cracks and spalls will require a large amount of grinding and polishing to achieve an acceptable surface. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ may be used to restore the concrete surface and reduce the time and expense of heavy grinding. The Microdweling™ action of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ can penetrate the surface of the cracks and spalls, fill in all the low spots, and make the floor ready for polishing.
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|Pitted, spalled and cracked surfaces may be unpractical to polish.|
The first step is a light surface grinding to open up the cracks and remove any loose materials.
|An initial grinding with metal resin pads reveals cracks and spalls.|
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ and fine silica sand mixed in bulk is troweled into the surface over the entire area and allowed to set.
|Workers trowel Concrete Mender into place.|
In about 10 – 30 minutes, the surface is polished using standard techniques. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ will not gum-up polishing pads or smear into the surrounding concrete.
|Surface polish using standard techniques.|
After grinding, all pitting, cracks and spalls are filled and a smooth surface is quickly restored.
|Concrete Mender repairs hold up perfectly during the polishing process.|
After polishing, hardening and sealing, a beautiful polished floor is revealed.
|Concrete Mender restored floor after polishing, hardening, and sealing.|
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Special thank you to International Roadware Distributor Join K&C in Seoul, Korea for submitting this project.
How often have you run into this problem? Industrial railings that have been split apart due to age, abuse, or weather damage. With a few special techniques, you can repair these problems with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™.
Clean the repair area with a wire brush or by sandblasting. Remove as much of the rust as possible. It is also a good idea to spray the the steel railing with a rust neutralizer.
Make your repair by pouring 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ bulk mixed with sand in from the top. Allow to cure and finish the surface with a stone or grinder.
Here is a crack repair project at the CVG Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The upper terminal deck developed cracks parallel to the construction joints. Roadware Flexible Cement II™ was used to repair the cracks in 2005. Here are some pictures of the project over the years.
Here is a photo of the CVG terminal deck as of June 2010.
Roadware Flexible Cement II™ was used the repair the crack on the right in 2005. The crack on the left was repaired with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ for comparison.
Finished repairs in 2005. Roadware Flexible Cement II™ on the left. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ on the right.
Repairs as they appeared in 2006 after one year on service. Both are holding well. The Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ on the right shows yellowing, but is still performing well. The Flexible Cement II™ is slightly lighter on color, but looks perfect.
Here is the same repair in June 2010. After 5 years on service, everything looks good.
This is a close-up shot of the Flexible Cement II™ after 5 years of service. The repair is still holding like the day it was installed. Roadware Flexible Cement II™ is a good choice for outdoor repairs in structural concrete. The semi-flexible properties strike a good balance between road toughness and just the right amount movement absorption.
The advances in decorative concrete coating and finishes for patios, sidewalks, driveways and pool decks are amazing. All of these systems have one common element. They are all affected by the condition of the concrete underneath. We recommend and use Roadware Concrete Mender™ Off-white to repair cracks, spalls and surface defects prior to decorative concrete treatments and coatings. Off-white Mender is just like the Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ except it cures to a neutral off-white color that has less chance of affecting the color of the decorative coatings applied over the repairs. Take a look at the project below.
Here is a church with a spalled and rough looking entrance.
Prior repair materials were removed revealing worn, but sound concret
Roadware Concrete Mender™ Off-white and sand mixed in bulk is applied and troweled smooth. The material appears brown due to the brown colored manufactured sand added to the mix.
After about 15 – 30 minutes, the repairs are ground smooth and flat. The concrete is now ready to accept most types of decorative concrete treatments.
Roadware Concrete Mender™ Off-white is compatible with most high-build overlay or coating systems. It is also recommended by several top coating system manufacturers.
One question we get asked all the time is if we can make a crack disappear. For the most part the answer has always been no. We can make a good repair and finish it as close as we can to the original color and surface texture. That was before Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear came along. The photos below were sent in by a concrete polishing contractor. By using MatchCrete™ clear and sand that matches the surrounding concrete, the polished repair blends in very nicely with the concrete slab. When the floor is in service, you will have to look very carefully to find the repairs. Try some Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear on your next polishing job. With a little technique and experimentation, you can get results like this.
Recently a customer sent me several cut sheets from other manufactures of look-alike concrete repair products and asked me to compare them with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™. Here is how it played out.
- The lowest viscosity for easier mixing and blending.
- Easy, one-step polishing and grinding. This material will not melt, smear, or gum up diamond polishing pads. An excellent parging compound.
- Experienced and advanced packaging. Roadware cartridge packaging is reliable and works well in the field.
- End-user color blending. New MatchCrete™ Concrete Mender can easily be manipulated into many colors by modifying the sand or adding pigments.
- A modulus of elasticity that is slightly less then the concrete so repairs will move with the concrete and not against it.
- Needle tip application. A complete system of needle-tip cartridge mixers for pin-point application and hairline crack repair.
A common concrete repair problem is broken steps. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is a good choice for repairing steps and curbs. Here is a repair sent in by Roadware distributor Minitman Supply in Colorado.
Fill the repair area with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ combined with silica sand. Pull the form after the material sets in about 10 – 20 minutes depending on temperature.
After you remove the forms, you will see something like this.
Use a finishing stone to bland and contour the repair into the rest of the steps. A finish coat of a latex cement finishing coat over the entire stairway will have your steps looking good as new.
Recently Dave Wilson, of Roadware Distributor Fowler Supply received this email on behalf of a East Tennessee Construction Services.
Emergency repairs are common for Roadware contractors. When safety is on the line and a store needs something repaired quickly and permanently, Roadware Concrete Repair Products are the clear choice due to minimal down time and minimal intrusion to facility operations.
When Dave Wilson arrived on site, this is the trip hazard condition he found.
Plan of Action:
- Repair bottom portion of spalled joint with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™.
- Repair top portion of spalled joint using new Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear (MCC) colored with Davis Colors pigment to match the surrounding concrete. MCC is used because it will not change color when exposed to UV sunlight as is the case in a garden center.
- Finish to grade.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ and silica sand is added to the bottom of the repair. This provides a tough Microdoweling™ repair and seals off and moisture in the substrate.
Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear and a mixture of silica sand blended with about one teaspoon of powdered Davis Color is added to the repair.
The Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear and sand mixture is troweled in place and allowed to cure for about 45 minutes.
After curing, the surface is ground smooth and the control joint is re-sawn with a diamond blade.
Traffic is restored immediately. Danny, the associate who requested the work order was, “Amazed.”
When the job has to be done quickly and correctly. Roadware Concrete Repair products are always at the ready.
Special thanks to Dave Wilson at PatchMyConcrete.com for sending this in!
Today I received several photographs of a large crack that developed under a hardwood floor in a slab-on-grade application. The crack buckled the hardwood flooring. The home owner consulted several contractors and engineers to solve the problem. No cost-effective solution could be found until Roadware contractor, Clay Kenny, (Manderville, Lousiana) arrived on the scene.
Using Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ and silica sand, Clay repaired the crack to full depth and re-bonded the slabs back together using Roadware’s Microdoweling™technology.