07:17PM | 03/30/02
Member Since: 03/30/02
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I purchased a 35-year old home in western PA. The concreted areas in the garage, front porch, and surrounding the inground swimming pool show their age and have some significant cracks.

What are some cost-affective options for restoring these areas to a new looking finish?


08:03AM | 03/31/02
Unfortunately there is only one way to repair concrete that has substantial cracking and that is to replace it. Any cosmetic repairs will be short lived at best and could even end up making the job look worse. You can saw out the bad areas and replace them if you do not wish to do the entire area.

I am originally from your area and due the temperature fluctuations and freeze thaw characteristics of the area, using a topping compound is not a good option. They will delaminate in a short period of time and be a total waste of money and time.


01:10PM | 03/31/02
Member Since: 03/30/02
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Thanks Glenn.

If I were to saw out and replace sections of concrete, how should the new section be seamed to the original sections. Is rebar required or is there a another method?

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