In times when the economy is strained and money is tight, many businesses may find themselves undertaking any repairs to their properties themselves, rather than calling out a contractor to undertake the work. This is a great way to save money and time (by undertaking the repairs as soon as you are able) however if you don’t know what you’re doing, then it can end up being a disaster!
That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on things like sorting out blocked toilets or undertaking any necessary concrete repairs. For the latter specifically, some pre-education is definitely key. With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on using repair mortar for any outstanding concrete repairs…
Understanding the product
Repair mortar is useful for both internal and external spaces. For example, you could use it to fix cracks in the road immediately outside your office, or on the concrete floors used inside distribution warehouses. Once dry, it resembles a hard granite finish and is typically non-slip; helping to support your over-arching health and safety strategy. You didn’t usually have to prime the space before use but it can help. What’s more, it’s non-dusting and can be feather-edged, if you would prefer. Sometimes, businesses opt for epoxy novolac resin repair mortar, which boasts more epoxy groups and can create a stronger end result. It also leaves any flooring that’s had it applied resistant to chemicals or high/low temperatures.
Businesses must ensure that any surface they intend to use repair mortar on is totally clean and dry. Any friable materials should be removed using a wire brush. It’s also worth de-greasing the surface with a specialist de-greasing product, just to make it completely free of any chemicals. Priming is optional as aforementioned, but not necessary.
Usually, your repair mortar kit will include hardener and powder, which have to be mixed to form the uniform concrete material. Anyone mixing said components should ensure they do so with gloves on, to keep their skin and hands safe. Using a mixer is recommended when creating large quantities of repair mortar. The mortar should be applied then smoothed with a towel; helping to create an even, smooth surface.
You should set the temperature of the area in which the concrete lies to around 18 degrees Centigrade, then leave it for around six hours to dry – or ‘cure’, as the professionals say. After 10 – 12 hours, the floor or area will be ready for traffic; meaning if you start the process at night, it’ll be ready for use by your employees by the morning time.
Where can I use it?
You can use repair mortar on any flat concrete flooring, steps or ramps. This is great as it means you can take care of most cracks in an instant, saving you money and time. It’s ideal for repairing cracks, damaged expansion joints, concrete that’s eroded over time or broken steps. Bay edges can also benefit from a repair mortar layer. It’s an ideal product that shouldn’t be dismissed by any businesses hoping to make concrete repairs.
There are a range of suppliers of repair mortars for various applications so shop around for your particular needs.