Winter weather can be tough on roads, paths and driveways, especially when they’re made of concrete.
Freeze/thaw cycles, heavy loads and persistent rains can all cause cracks to form in the surface of a concrete driveway, and if left untreated, these cracks can become larger, leading to even further damage.
With winter weather just around the corner, now is the time to take action – before it’s too late!
Why winter is the worst for concrete
Concrete’s biggest enemy is water and for many reasons. Winter is when it rains the most, so more rain means more water, which means more problems.
Concrete isn’t 100% waterproof, so rainwater will always seep into your driveway, no matter how recently you poured it. In winter, that water tends to freeze, and when water freezes, it expands, pushing everything around it. This freeze/thaw cycle is the most common reason for cracks in a concrete driveway.
Other culprits include soil settling and abiding rainfall, both of which are really just the same problem; water under your driveway. If the soil starts moving because it’s saturated, then the concrete on top will crack with the strain, just like a miniature earthquake.
On top of mother nature’s attack on your property, heavy loads such as cars and trucks can also cause cracks to form. If you own a larger vehicle, like a flatbed or a van, then you can expect more pressure and, therefore, more damage.
Fortunately, there is a solution that can help you fix those cracks before it’s too late: MG-Krete.
The ultimate concrete repair solution
MG-Krete is a specially-formulated product that is designed to repair cracks in concrete surfaces. Whether your concrete driveway has small surface-level cracks or more extensive damage, MG-Krete can help you restore it to a like-new condition.
It lasts much longer than traditional cement-based patch material and cures rapidly, so you can drive over it within 45 minutes! It withstands heavy traffic, doesn’t shrink, requires no long-term maintenance, and creates a surface that is more resistant to moisture, salt, gas and oils.
How to use MG-Krete to fix cracks in a concrete driveway
Here’s how to repair cracks in your driveway before winter weather arrives.
Step one: Assess the damage
The first step in repairing cracks in your driveway is to assess the severity of the damage. If the cracks are small and only surface-level, MG-Krete can be used to fill them in and create a seamless repair. However, if the cracks are more extensive or if there are multiple cracks in close proximity, a more comprehensive repair may be necessary.
Step two: Clean the area
Before applying MG-Krete, it’s important to clean the area around the crack to ensure a strong bond with the surrounding concrete. Use a wire brush or pressure washer to remove any dirt, debris or loose concrete.
Step three: Mix and apply the product
Follow the instructions on the packaging to mix the MG-Krete solution. For small cracks, you may only need a small amount of the product, while larger repairs may require more. Using a trowel or putty knife, apply the mixed MG-Krete to the crack or hole in your driveway. Work the product into the crack and smooth the surface to create a seamless repair. Make sure to apply the product evenly and avoid overfilling – you don’t want a speed bump in your driveway!
Step five: Allow to Dry
Allow the MG-Krete solution to dry for at least 45 minutes before using the driveway. During this time, make sure the area is protected from water, snow, and other weather conditions.
Fix cracks in your concrete driveway with our help!
MG-Krete is ideal not just for concrete driveways but also for an unlimited range of other repairs, including:
- Industrial Floors
- Parking Decks
- Trip Hazards
- Access Ramps
- Steps & Stairs
As an official distributor, we sell the original MG-Krete repair solution to New Zealand’s homeowners, DIYers and professional construction workers. Check out our product page here, or if you would prefer to ask any questions directly, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and one of our friendly and experienced team members will be happy to help.
Winter is coming and with it lots of rain and cold weather. If you have a few small cracks now in your driveway, get them fixed before they become a real problem by the time spring rolls around. Prevention is better than cure!