Cracks in your concrete flooring are not only unsightly, but they are also a safety hazard especially in workplaces such as warehouses and workshops. The cracks can develop due to a number of factors including uneven drying at the time of pour, shrinkage while curing, temperature changes, ground movements and excessive load.
Luckily cracks in concrete floors can be repaired. As experts in concrete flooring, we’ll explain how you can repair concrete flooring when cracked and why you should do it as quickly as possible before more damage is caused.
The dangers of cracked concrete in a workplace
Cracked concrete in a workplace can be a tripping hazard that could potentially lead to a serious injury which would be devastating for your business both emotionally and financially. According to workplace health and safety and work cover Queensland a change in height as small as 1cm can be a tripping hazard in the workplace.
Not only does cracked concrete become a tripping hazard it can also damage expensive forklift tyres and other vehicles/machinery.
How to repair cracked concrete
The good news is that cracked concrete can be repaired. It is important that when you notice a crack in your concrete flooring you act right away. The longer you ignore the issue the more your flooring is susceptible to further damage.
Depending on the size of the area you want to repair, you can potentially fix the cracks yourself. Concrete cracks cannot be fixed with concrete so we recommend using concrete repair mortar or semi-rigid sealant.
To repair cracks in a concrete floor, first ensure that the area is free from dust, grease and surface contaminants. Depending on the size of the crack you may be required to clean out debris using an air compressor or wire brush. Then use the mortar to fill in the cracks and smooth the mortar down so it is level with the surface.
If you are wanting to fix larger cracks or a number of cracks in your concrete flooring and don’t have time to do it yourself, there is always the option to call in the experts. Feel free to speak to the friendly Cotewell team today about giving your warehouse, workshop or carpark concrete flooring a makeover.