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Concrete crack fillers and why we use them

Concrete is one of the most widely used building materials in the world, known for its strength, durability, and versatility. However, even the strongest concrete can develop cracks over time due to exposure to the elements, changes in temperature, and other environmental factors. These cracks not only detract from the appearance of the concrete but can also weaken its structural integrity, making it important to repair them as soon as possible.

One of the most effective ways to repair cracks in concrete is by using a concrete crack filler. This is a material that is applied to the crack, filling it in and restoring the strength and appearance of the concrete. There are many different types of concrete crack fillers on the market, but one of the best is Gripset C26.

Gripset C-26 is an innovative liquid compound providing hard-wearing, high abrasion resistant, waterproof crack sealing to concrete substrates exposed to varying climatic conditions, UV light, and foot and vehicular traffic. Possessing flexible and fast-drying properties, Gripset C-26 enables vehicular traffic after 20 minutes of application.

Features & Benefits
• Solvent free, non-toxic and free of dangerous odours
• Trafficable – pedestrian and vehicular traffic
• Durable, hard-wearing finish
• Fast drying properties
• Excellent adhesion and penetration properties
• Excellent crack bridging properties
• Forms a flexible non tacky film
• Excellent water resistance
• Non-slip finish
• Resistant to sulphates, ground salts, diluted alkalis

Gripset C-26 is suitable for Commercial, Industrial, Rural and Maintenance applications

• Rejuvenating oxidised asphalt
• Re-surfacing pitted asphalt layers with an enhanced weather
• protective coating
• Airfields
• Secondary roads, residential streets and car parks
• Bicycle paths, footpaths, laneways
• Asphalt driveway surfaces
• Repairing existing asphalt sport surfaces

Surface Preparation
Surfaces must be prepared thoroughly before commencing application. All substrates must be structurally sound, smooth, stable, dry, and clean.
All surfaces are to be free, loose material, de-bonded coatings, curing membranes/agents, release agents, wax residues, foreign particles, laitance, algae and moss, grime, oils, animal fats or grease remains.

Structurally unsound layers and surface contaminants are to be mechanically removed by abrasive blasting, blast tracking, grinding or equivalent methods.

Application & Coverage
• Before applying the product, slowly stir the product to ensure a homogenous consistency
• Gripset C-26 can be applied by Enviro Crack Sealing unit; spout pouring equipment or squeeze bottles. Coverage will depend on the depth and width of the crack; as a guide, 1 litre will cover approximately 60m in length at 2mm width and 5mm depth.
• It is recommended to check the surface condition of the seal after 24 hours. If any signs of shrinkage or sinking are evident, re-apply Gripset C-26 to the surface until the joint is filled and all shrinkage areas are covered

• Gripset C-26 is not recommended to fill cracks wider than 15mm
• Concrete joints with a depth greater than 40mm require a foam backing rod inside the depth of the joint before filling

Remember that although using a good concrete crack filler, there are no guarantees that a crack will not reappear or new cracks develop after a concrete crack filler has been applied to cracked concrete.

For people needing concrete resurfacing, the surface preparation stage is the most important, as you can have the best products and it may look fantastic immediately after applying a decorative concrete coating, however, if the surface preparation was not done meticulously, cracks may reappear.

So, what are the benefits of using a concrete crack filler like Gripset C26 Concrete Crack Filler, and why is it so effective at repairing cracks in concrete?

  1. Easy to use: One of the biggest advantages of using Gripset C26 is that it is incredibly easy to use. Simply clean the area around the crack, apply the filler, and let it dry. There is no need for special equipment, tools, or technical expertise, making it an ideal solution for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts.
  2. Durable: Gripset C26 is designed to be long-lasting, meaning that once applied, it will help to prevent the crack from reopening, even in extreme weather conditions. This durability makes it an ideal choice for areas that are exposed to the elements, such as driveways, patios, and sidewalks.
  3. Improves the appearance of the concrete: Not only does Gripset C26 restore the strength of the concrete, but it also improves its appearance. The material is designed to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding concrete, making the crack almost invisible. This helps to restore the look of the concrete and improve its overall appearance.
  4. Resistant to water: Gripset C26 is designed to be water-resistant, meaning that it will not be affected by exposure to water, even in areas that are subject to heavy rainfall. This makes it an ideal solution for repairing cracks in concrete that is exposed to the elements, such as outdoor concrete surfaces.
  5. Resistant to chemicals: In addition to being resistant to water, Gripset C26 is also resistant to a wide range of chemicals, including oils, acids, and alkalis. This makes it an ideal choice for use in industrial environments, where concrete may be exposed to chemicals and other substances that can cause it to crack or deteriorate.
  6. Fast-drying: Gripset C26 dries quickly, allowing you to get back to using the concrete in a relatively short amount of time. This is especially important for areas that are heavily used, such as driveways, patios, and sidewalks, where you need to be able to get back to using the surface as soon as possible.
  7. Cost-effective: Compared to other concrete repair solutions, using a concrete crack filler like Gripset C26 is an incredibly cost-effective solution. Not only is it easy to apply, but it also requires minimal equipment, tools, and materials, making it an ideal choice for anyone on a budget.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a quick and easy solution for repairing cracks in concrete, then Gripset C26 is the ideal choice. With its ease of use, durability, and resistance to water and chemicals, this concrete crack filler provides an effective and long-lasting solution for restoring the strength and appearance of concrete. Whether you’re a professional contractor or a DIY enthusiast, Gripset C26 is an excellent choice for concrete resurfacing.

Gripset C26 is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a high-quality concrete crack filler that is both easy to use and long-lasting. It is ideal for repairing cracks in driveways, patios, sidewalks, and other concrete surfaces, and is especially suited for outdoor use where concrete may be exposed to the elements.

Gripset C26 is also incredibly versatile, making it an ideal solution for use in a wide range of applications. Whether you’re dealing with cracks in a small patio or large commercial concrete surfaces, Gripset C26 can handle the job with ease.

In addition, Gripset C26 is also very easy to clean up. Once you have applied the filler, simply clean up any excess with water, and you’re done. There are no special solvents or cleaning agents required, making it an environmentally friendly solution that is kind to both the environment and your wallet.

Overall, Gripset C26 is a high-quality, effective, and long-lasting concrete crack filler that is ideal for a wide range of applications. Whether you’re a professional contractor, a DIY enthusiast, or just someone looking to repair cracks in your concrete surfaces, Gripset C26 is an excellent choice that provides an effective solution at a reasonable price.

So if you’re looking for a cost-effective and easy solution for repairing cracks in concrete, look no further than Gripset C26. With its long-lasting durability, water and chemical resistance, and fast-drying formula, this concrete crack filler is the perfect choice for anyone looking to restore the strength and appearance of concrete surfaces.

Contact Barefoot Concrete to find out more.