Repairing Cracks in Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete Repair

Repairing Cracks in Stamped Concrete

Once you have paid for what you hope is a good Stamped Concrete installation all looks well until a crack shows up. The feeling that you did not get a good job shows up and you pick up the phone and call the Concrete Contractor who tells you. CONCRETE CRACKS which it will if not placed properly and in some cases even if it was placed properly it still may crack.

All is not lost if you have followed our previous suggestions regarding the proper installation of Stamped Concrete. If you had the Contractor use Color Hardener to do your project most cracks with a bit of diligence and Artistic ability can be fixed.

There are Injectable Epoxies on the market that when used in conjunction with a good quality caulk can be used to fix any crack to a level of not being noticeable provided the person fixing it has the knowledge and determination to do so.

The crack if wide enough can be filled about 1/8” below the surface with Epoxy and allowed to dry. Once dry the 1/8” space left can be filled with clear caulk and then the coordinating color sprinkled and rubbed into the caulk to disguise the crack. If the job is multi-colored all the better. These type of repairs due to the crack if long moving from one color to the next.

If your job was done using Integral Color ( Color Mixed in the Truck) it is much harder to correct these cracks since you need to try to custom mix a color that matches the Integral Color. These type repairs are more likely to still remain noticeable.

We hope that you got a warranty with your job and most of all we hope that your Contractor will honor it.

We at Split-Rok Construction provide our customers with a Lifetime Warrantee for defects in workmanship with the understanding that we will honor it in as timely a fashion as possible.

As always we can be reached at or call 732-915-6391 . If you are out of the area we would also like to help wherever possible. Send an email and pictures with colors used and we will try to walk you through the repair if you want to attempt it yourself.

Ted Mechnick

The Concrete Professor

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Concrete repairs by The Concrete Professor are for those looking to repair their existing Stamped or Colored concrete to look new again. We have multiple ways to correct problems that others have told you can't be done. I have been in the Decorative concrete business for over 35 years and recently realize that my extensive information about proper repairing of existing concrete is immense. Call today to speak to me where ever you are in this country or outside of the US. I will direct you to the proper person and approach. Ted Mechnick 732-915-6391

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  1. Another way to “blend” in the crack after using caulking is to mix some colored release agent with mineral spirits in a small spray bottle. Lightly mist the colored “liquid” release onto the repaired crack using a release color as close to the colored concrete as possible. After the mineral spirits evaporates, leaving the colored release on the surface, you can apply a concrete sealer over it.

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  3. Do you have a low-viscosity epoxy you can recommend for repairing fine cracks in stamped concrete? I live in the Houston area.

  4. Ted, thanks for all the great information on your website. I have a 1/8″ wide crack and a nickle sized hole in my stamped concrete drive that I am thinking of fixing myself. Have you ever tried a product from Sherwin Williams called Shur-Crete Polyurea joint filler? The reviews sound good. Thanks for your help.

  5. Hi Ted, this is Tom again about the 1/8″ crack and nickle sized hole in my stamped concrete drive. Would it be better to use a urethane-based joint filler (chaulk) or something like Quikrete acrylic concrete fortifier with a lithicrome color enhancer? I appreciate any info and advice you can give me. Thanks.

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