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2nd floor cracked concrete floor

What is the best and least expensive fix for a small 2nd floor apartment with an ugly cracked painted cement floor ? It is my rental property so I hesitate to use carpet which self-destructs around students.

reenieandrod
Re: 2nd floor cracked concrete floor

Hi,

To fix those nasty cracks, you might try a new caulking, made especially for concrete. We used some last fall in some pretty large cracks, with very good results. The caulking comes in a green colored tube, sold at Menards. It is relatively inexpensive, and dries pretty quickly, plus has good elasticity, so it will not crack again. It adheres to old concrete very well. Try a little in some out of the way place, perhaps your house foundation, to see if you like it.

Other than that, you might try a good quality concrete mortar mix, that you just spread in the cracks, to match the level of the old concrete. You will have to decide which product to use, depending on how large the cracks might be. Hydraulic cement is another option.

Thirdly, you might use a good concrete board over the entire old concrete, using a high quality adhesive, and cover it with tile, using a good thinset and grout. It all depends on how much you can afford to spend. College kids will not destroy tile, and it is easy to clean. If they do not like the coldness, they can buy area rugs, at their own expense.

Lots of ideas......you decide.

Have a great day.

canuk
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Hydraulic cement is another option.

Once it dries it's pretty strong ... however it sets up quickly .... about 5 minutes ... which makes it difficult to achieve a smooth finish.

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Thirdly, you might use a good concrete board over the entire old concrete, using a high quality adhesive, and cover it with tile, using a good thinset and grout.

College kids will not destroy tile,

Oh ... I wouldn't bet on it.
The problem there would be broken , cracked or chipped tiles and would be a bear to replace or repair something that's permanently laid.

You could also consider inexpensive laminate flooring. It's simple to lay and easy to remove for repair or replace. In some cases it's cheaper than carpet and easier to clean.

Just a thought.

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