How to Fix Cracks in Concrete Flooring

Bare, uncoated concrete floors develop cracks over time. Cracks may be due to shifting foundations as the house settles after the first few years following construction. Dropping objects like heavy weights and large or sharp tools can also lead to cracks in your garage floor. Simple wear over time can even lead to crumbly edges on steps, patios, and foundation edges. While these cracks can range from substantial to cosmetic, many homeowners prefer fixing them before they get longer or deeper. At Shark Coatings, we provide expert insights about fixing cracks in concrete floors and can provide those services for homeowners and business owners around Northeast Florida.

Keep reading to learn:

  • How to fix cracks in a concrete floor
  • When cracks should be fixed
  • How to repair large cracks in concrete garage floors and other large-scale cracks

When Should I Repair My Concrete Floor?

If you want to know how to fix cracks in a concrete floor, that starts with knowing when it’s the right time to make repairs. Acting promptly can prevent the cracks from worsening; you can also take the cracks as early warning signs of potentially serious problems. Look out for these indications that you need to prioritize concrete floor repair:

  • New cracks that just appeared
  • Dents in concrete floors that indicate something was dropped
  • Holes and widening cracks
  • Crumbling concrete or surface-level shattering that loosened part of the concrete
  • Humps caused by rapid drying and improper installation

Each of these cracks has different causes, but resolving the issue as soon as you spot it is important.

When to Repair and When to Replace a Broken Concrete Driveway

Concrete driveways are particularly susceptible to cracks. The slabs are thinner than home foundations or garage floors. They also undergo more wear and tear due to weather patterns, driving, chemical exposure, and other potential causes of cracks. While Florida homes and properties don’t have to worry about freezing weather, any cracks can grow and become more serious over time.

Very small cracks (1/4″ wide or less) can be repaired with concrete filler. Larger cracks can also be temporarily filled, but the project is more likely to be temporary because larger cracks indicate more severe damage. Before you can decide the right strategy for how to repair large cracks in concrete garage floors, you need to identify whether they can be permanently fixed or if you’d rather have the specific concrete area replaced with a new slab. Removing and replacing the whole driveway—while addressing the underlying cause of the cracks, such as shifting dirt or poor drainage—is a permanent fix.

Choose Shark Coatings™ vs. Concrete Mix

A concrete mix can fill cracks, and self-leveling options can even create a relatively smooth surface. However, this solution may only be temporary. We provide high-quality Shark Coatings™ that protect the concrete floor long-term. A protective coating can stop many of the causes of concrete tracks—such as impact damage, wear and tear, and chemical damage—in their tracks.

Why Choosing Professional Repair or Replacement Is the Best Option

Hiring a professional from the start of your concrete repair project can get you to the right solution faster. A professional service can assess the size and origin of concrete cracks to determine whether they can be repaired, what repairs provide lasting support, and if the cracks warrant full concrete replacement for exterior surfaces like patios and driveways. More than that, the experts at Shark Coatings can use our proprietary coating solution for long-lasting, durable protection.

Call Now to Get Started with Shark Coatings™

If you see cracks starting to form along your concrete surfaces, don’t wait. At Shark Coatings, we know how to repair large cracks in concrete garage floors. Call us today to schedule a service appointment, and we’ll help provide high-quality repair and protective care.

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