Solutions to protect concrete against monsoon
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Solutions to protect concrete against monsoon

As the monsoon season rapidly approaches in India, the urgency to address potential damage to the commonly used building material – concrete –intensifies. Weathering and loading can cause cracks and deterioration, impacting both the structure’s integrity and aesthetics and leading to water pen...

As the monsoon season rapidly approaches in India, the urgency to address potential damage to the commonly used building material – concrete –intensifies. Weathering and loading can cause cracks and deterioration, impacting both the structure’s integrity and aesthetics and leading to water penetration and reinforcement corrosion. To ensure durability and prevent further damage, it is essential to promptly repair any concrete cracks. Several structures face a common problem during monsoon season – holes created by water penetration or impact in concrete window sills. These not only affect the window’s appearance and functionality but also pose a safety hazard. Fortunately, various concrete repair compounds are available in India to fill such holes and restore the window sill. Don't wait until it’s too late –CW researches some of the concrete repair compounds that could help protect concrete structures from monsoon damage: Dr Fixit Pidicrete URP: This is a durable polymer-based mortar for repairing concrete surfaces. It's easy to use and can be applied to both horizontal and vertical surfaces. With good adhesion to concrete, it can repair window sills, beams, columns, slabs, and walls, as well as serve as a bonding agent for tiles and plaster. Sika MonoTop 615 HB: This is a fast-setting, high-strength repair mortar used for filling holes and cracks in concrete. With excellent adhesion to concrete surfaces, it's easy to apply and can repair window sills, balconies, parapets, and façades. It can also act as a protective coating for concrete surfaces. RoffCrack Filler: This is a water-based, polymer-modified cementitious crack filler that is ready-to-use for repairing cracks in concrete. It has excellent adhesion and can be painted over when dry. It can repair cracks in window sills, walls, and ceilings, and can also be used as a grout filler for tiles and stones. Asian Paints SmartCare Crack Sealer:A ready-to-use, acrylic-based crack filler that effectively seals cracks in concrete surfaces. With easy application and strong adhesion, it can be used for repairing window sills, walls, and ceilings, as well as sealing gaps and joints. Once dry, it can also be painted over for a seamless finish. Birla White Levelplast: This is a ready-to-use, polymer-modified, cement-based plaster used for levelling and repairing concrete surfaces. It can repair damaged surfaces and fill cracks and holes.Fosroc Renderoc RG: This is a cementitious repair mortar used for fixing damaged concrete surfaces. It offers excellent adhesion and water and chemical resistance. CICO Tapecrete P151: A cement-based, polymer-modified repair mortar that fills cracks and provides excellent adhesion to concrete surfaces. It protects and repairs concrete surfaces with good resistance to water, chemicals, and abrasion. Berger Jet Dry Crack Filler: Water-based, acrylic filler for repairing and filling cracks in concrete surfaces. It can repair cracks and can be painted over after drying. It offers good adhesion to concrete surfaces. While these are some common products that can be used to fill a hole in a concrete window sill, it is important to make the right choice. The selection should depend on factors such as the size and depth of the hole, the exposure conditions of the surface, and the desired finish. Manufacturers instructions become crucial here, which involves the need to properly prepare the surface by cleaning it and removing any loose or damaged materials. Hence, if the monsoons are here and the cracks have appeared, it is time to seal the deal! But while concrete repair compounds can help fix the issue, it is crucial to prioritise proper construction and maintenance techniques to prevent future cracks and ensure the concrete’s longevity.

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