Concrete cracking isn?t due to just one reason. Concrete can crack because of problems under your control and outside of your control, such as:
- Excess Water: When your concrete mixture has too much water, its durability diminishes. As new concrete dries it also withers. If there is a lot of evaporating water, the concrete does not dry with strength.
- Fast Drying: This might seem like a good thing, but it is another well-known reason for cracking concrete. A chemical reaction occurs within your concrete, changing it from a liquid to a solid. This reaction usually takes place for a few days even after it appears the concrete is dry. If you try to quicken the drying process, you will create surface cracks in your product.
- Incorrect Pouring: This is a preventable problem since all you need is a professional concrete contractor. Hire a concrete professional to pour your concrete, even if it might seem easy to you. Some actions are necessary to stop cracks that could create more significant and more costly problems.
Freeze-thaw Cycle: This is not under your control. The only thing you can do is be on the lookout for it. When the temperature gets colder, concrete shrinks. When the weather gets warmer, concrete expands. The constant freeze-thaw cycle is a problem to recognize when you have concrete flooring.