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With over 200 easy-to-use-products, QUIKRETE® lets homeowners avoid costly installations and renovations. Our user-friendly packaging features step-by-step instructions that make enhancing and refurbishing your home like a professional easier than ever. With QUIKRETE®, “Do It Yourself” doesn’t mean "Go It Alone."

Building Paths with the Walkmaker

Winterize and Protect Your Concrete

Winterize and Protect Your Concrete

Snow, Ice, water and deicing chemicals can wreak havoc on unprotected concrete and masonry surfaces. Throughout the winter months, water penetrates and saturates unprotected concrete and surface cracks. A few simple and inexpensive preventative measures can help you avoid winter damage and costly concrete repairs.

Cracks in Concrete: Water flows through cracks in concrete and saturates the base material. As the water freezes and thaws, the slab can lift and fall creating ever widening cracks. QUIKRETE Polyurethane Concrete Crack Sealant is a textured caulk that permanently seals and waterproof cracks in concrete up to ½“ wide. QUIKRETE Concrete Crack Seal is another alternative for sealing cracks in concrete up to ¼” wide. Concrete Crack Seal is a self-leveling, pourable latex emulsion that blends with the natural color of concrete. (Read More)

Building a Concrete Patio

Building a Concrete Patio

A poured concrete patio can be a gray, utilitarian slab or it may be a highly decorative focal point of your backyard living environment. By including a decorative finishing technique in your plans, such as exposed aggregates or etching with acid stain, your design options are virtually unlimited. A concrete patio also may serve as a subbase for a mortared flagstone, tile, or paver patio.

Building a concrete patio (or any concrete slab) is similar in many ways to the walkway project. Before beginning your project be sure and read through these pages for additional information, particularly on the subjects of finishing and curing. If your patio is larger than 10 ft. x 10 ft., you will definitely need to include control joints. You’ll also want to consider buying or renting a power concrete mixer—see the quantity calculator for estimating how many bags of concrete your patio will require. Detailed project instructions are available, or you can visit our concrete mix product page.

Building Concrete Lawn & Garden Borders

Building Concrete Lawn & Garden Borders

Concrete landscape borders can be a decorative, functional and affordable addition to your yard or garden. Poured-in-place concrete borders are perfect for lawn edging, tree surrounds, driveway curbs and garden borders. Concrete borders are also very versatile and can be designed and built to match any landscape contour and they will last for years.

Fiber-reinforced, QUIKRETE® Crack Resistant Concrete is the ideal product for the job and for a personal touch add one of five QUIKRETE® Liquid Cement Colors to the mix. Liquid Cement Color is available in red, brown, buff, charcoal and terra cotta; one 10 oz bottle will color up to two 80 lb bags of QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix. Detailed project instructions are available.

Building Paths with the WALKMAKER

Building Paths with the WALKMAKER<sup>™</sup>

A well-made walkway or garden path not only stands up to years of hard use, it enhances the natural landscape and complements a home’s exterior features. While traditional walkway materials like brick and stone have always been prized for both appearance and durability, most varieties are quite pricey and often difficult to install. As an easy and inexpensive alternative, you can build a new concrete path using manufactured forms. The result is a beautiful pathway that combines the custom look of brick or natural stone with all the durability and economy of poured concrete.

Building a path is a great do-it-yourself project. Once you’ve laid out the path, you mix the concrete, set and fill the form, then lift off the form to reveal the finished design. Detailed project instructions are available, or you can visit our Walkmaker product page.

Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete Resurfacer

Make Old, Worn or Spalled Concrete Look New!

Over Time, exterior concrete surfaces can start to show the effects of weather and hard use. Spalling (scaling), discoloration and surface wear are the most common concrete surface conditions that can make otherwise structurally sound concrete look old and unsightly.

QUIKRETE® RE-CAP® Concrete Resurfacer provides an easy and affordable alternative to removing and replacing existing old, spalled driveways, patios, sidewalks and other exterior residential or commercial concrete slabs.

Repairing Concrete Steps

Repairing Steps

Detailed project instructions are available, or you can visit our QUIKRETE® Vinyl Concrete Patcher, QUIKRETE® Concrete Patching Compound, or QUIKRETE® Quick-Setting Cement and QUIKRETE® Acrylic Fortifier product pages.

Setting Posts in Concrete

Set fence posts or mailbox posts without mixing!

Whether you are building a new fence, setting a mailbox or anchoring a basketball goal or play set, QUIKRETE® Fast-Setting Concrete is the ideal product for the job. With Fast-Setting Concrete there is no mixing or tools required – You simply pour the dry mix right from the bag into the hole, then add water.

Setting Posts in Concrete

Fast-Setting Concrete sets in about 20 minutes so you can quickly move onto the next step of your outdoor project. Under normal curing conditions heavy weight can be applied to the post after just 4 hours. Detailed project instructions are available, or you can visit our Fast-Setting product page.