When you have a home over time things can start to break or crumble right below your feet. There are many different ways this can happen (like our old pipes…) but today we are talking about concrete. To be honest we are talking about how to fix chipped concrete steps because I have to face it, ours were struggling.
Our back and front porches were starting to crumble at the corners and sides. Here is our front porch.
And here is our back porch, this one is the worst…
After doing some research, I decided to attempt to patch our steps.
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First thing first was cleaning the area and removing all the chipping concrete. To do this, I took the putty knife and wire brush to remove all the chipping/flaking concrete. Then used the hand broom to sweep the steps.
After all the chipped concrete was removed, I then washed the area with dish soap and water. Next I took the garden hose with a sprayer attacked and sprayed the area with clean water. Then I let the area dry.
Now we are ready for the new cement. To mix the cement, I found about 1 part water to 5 parts cement mix, only mix an amount that be applied in 5 minutes.
TIP: There is also a bonding agent that you can use instead of water. I feel that I probably should have used this because how much I was fixing but we will see how it holds without it.
UPDATE 6/9/15: You can also apply the bonding agent to the old concrete before applying the new. If you would like to make sure the new concrete will have a better bond, you can drill holes into the old concrete then attach an anchor. I posted about this project on Hometalk and people have commented that you can just drill the holes or you could add rebar to the holes. Hope this helps!
Once the cement is mixed, take the spray bottle and spray the area lightly with water, you only want it damp no pools of water. Then I took the trowel and applied the cement, making sure to get it into all the cracks.
I then built the area back to the shape it needed to be. It helped sometimes to use a board. I then let the area sit for a couple of minutes to harden just slightly.
At this point, I finished shaping the area: rounding corner, making everything level, etc..
Next I lightly sprayed the area with water then taking the paint brush, I painted the cement to give it a brushed finish.
I then worked on the next section of the cement, completing all the steps until I was done with the porch. Then I let the whole area dry for 24 hours before walking, watering, etc… on it. It will fully cure after a couple of weeks but after 24 hours you can walk on it.
There is a difference in the color of our old & new concrete, so I could paint or apply a thin coat of concrete over the area to make it look the same. But for right now we have no plans to do that, maybe one day!
Here is the biggest change, the back porch.
Can’t remember the before, here is a side by side of the porch.
I am not a professional so please do your own research on how to fix chipped concrete.
This was a cost-effective way to fix chipped cement and only took a couple of hours, plus it was less than $20. Anyone else need to fix some chipped steps or cement?