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Question DetailsAsked on 1/16/2013

Angie, is it normal for stained and stamped concrete (half of it covered) patio to crack severely in several locations? Contractor says Yes

Patio was poured in August of last year and started cracking right away. Contractor says it can't be prevented. I have asked a ton of people and get a ton of different answers. My feeling, looking at other stamped type concrete work, is no! It's horrible and if you knew the back story you would slap me for not using your site (well, I actually continue to slap myself). All I know is that $12K later and we have a SECOND eyesore. Because we "trusted" this person, we paid him in full after the job was done. The patio did not start to crack until 3 days after job was finished. Been trying to get him out to fix for over 4 months now to no avail. Not sure what to do. Complaining to the State we are in does not seem to do anything for us other than me spending more of my time and money. I also now know of one other job this guy has done and theirs cracked too.

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Below is a link to an article that talks about cracks forming in freshly poured concrete.
It's not uncommon for cracks to form, but it sounds like your situation is pretty severe.

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Answered 7 years ago by Mikel


No it should not crack significantly - sounds like maybe he did not reinforce it, or did not put in control joints to control where the shrinkage cracks occur. New concrete, unless abused, should not crack noticeably for several years at least. Cracking in 3 days probably means either too hot or cold when cast or in couple of days thereafter, watered the mix down, did not reinforce it, failed too properly cure it, or failed to compact subgrade properly before pouring it. Probably most common of these - watering down to extend workability time on hot days and failing to properly water cure for at least 3-7 days.

You should not have waited 4 months - you could try claiming against his bond. If they say it has been too long - especially if no warranty in the contract, then you are probably limited to suing - maybe in small claims court, if dollar amount of damages (replacement) is within small claims court limit and you have documentation, especially of your going around on this for 4 months with him.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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