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Fixing Basement Floor Cracks In Concrete 

Cracks in a concrete basement floor might seem intimidating at first, but they’re really easy to repair. You shouldn’t be alarmed when you see a long, thin crack on the surface, because it’s almost inevitable with basement concrete flooring and can be easily fixed. When concrete dries it hardens and shrinks, which can lead to cracks during the installation process. The movement of the building and the weather will only contribute to this problem.Polished concrete ottawa crack repair

At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend that you fix the problem as quickly as you can. If water or moisture seeps into the crack, it can damage the floor even further. Here are some tips on how to repair concrete cracks in your floor.

  • Examine It- The first step is to examine the crack and determine just how wide and long it is. Some cracks require nothing more than masonry crack filler. That would seal the crack and create an even surface.
  • Clean the Area- Once you’ve determined the size and seriousness of the crack, clean the area with a wire brush or a rag. The idea is to remove all debris from the crack because this will allow the concrete patch to adhere to the surface better. 
  • Chisel- Once the surface is clean, it’s time to fix the crack. As we mentioned before, small cracks only need masonry crack filler and a caulking gun. You need to fill the crack, tamp it down to eliminate air pockets, and level the surface.

For wider cracks that exceed 1 inch in size, you will have to chisel the edges and widen the cracks by about a quarter of an inch on both sides. This will remove all loose concrete from the edges.

  • Clean and Apply –After you have chiseled the sides, clean the surface and make sure there’s no debris. If you use a vinyl patching compound, you can mix it and apply directly to the crack.

If you use patching mortar, mix it well a bonding agent instead of water to ensure the compound adheres to the edges of the crack. After this, you only need to tamp the surface to remove air pockets and complete the finish.

As you can see, it’s very easy to repair concrete cracks in a basement floor. If you have any questions about concrete floor cracks or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us at Custom Concrete Floors a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.

Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7
Posted in Ottawa on May 20, 2016 No comments

Garage Floor Resurfacing in Ottawa


garage floor resurfacing in ottawa custom concrete floorsGarage floor resurfacing in Ottawa can completely revamp and modernize the look of your garage. No matter how oil stained, pitted, or abused your garage floor is, you can easily correct all its flaws and make it look brand new. It’s not a very difficult project to do and your new floor would be ready to use in no time. If you follow the steps listed below, your garage surface will have a perfect finish.

Prepare the Surface

Your first step should be to evaluate the surface and make sure it’s sound. If the concrete surface isn’t firm and durable, resurfacing will only damage the concrete floor further. If you have any large cracks or dents in the concrete, you should repair it before you resurface it. The process is simple and doesn’t take too much time. You need a perfectly even surface for your concrete floor finish to look attractive.


The surface needs to be absolutely free of dust and debris before you apply the resurfacer. You can use a garden hose with sufficient pressure or a pressure washer to clean the surface thoroughly. You would need at least 3,500 psi of water pressure to clean the floor well. Any stains, oils, paints, and chemical stains should also be removed from the surface.


Once the surface is prepared, mix once bag of resurfacer at a time. We recommend that you mix with cold water in warmer temperatures and with warm water in cooler temperatures. You should let the mixture rest for a few moments, mix it thoroughly again until it’s syrupy in texture.


It’s a good idea to be organized and have all your tools at hand before you apply the resurfacer. Make sure that the floor is clean before you pour the mixture on one section of it and spread it quickly with a long-handle squeegee. This will ensure that the resurfacer spreads evenly across the surface. Make sure that you scuff the surface with a broom to add a little more texture. This will ensure the floor isn’t too slippery.

After all, the resurfacing process needs to cure for at least 8 to 24 hours before you use it. If you have any questions about garage floor resurfacing  in Ottawa or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us at Custom Concrete Floors a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.

Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7