Preventing Cracks in Concrete

Why do cracks develop in concrete?

Cracking of concrete may be due to plastic shrinkage and plastic settlement of concrete in the unhardened state. Drying shrinkage or other environmental factors can cause cracking in hardened concrete. Cracking in concrete affects:
  • Water tightness
  • Durability
  • Look of the finished concrete

Using the right admixtures (or a synergistic combination) to prevent or reduce the affects of cracking will extend the service life of the concrete and lead to better performance. Using the filters below you can identify a type of crack, and gain a better understanding of solutions based on crack type.

Types of cracks and their causes:

Solutions for Preventing Cracks & Shrinkage in Concrete

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Air-Entraining Admixtures

Corrosion Inhibitors


Monofilament Microfibers

Shrinkage & Crack Reducers

Water Reducers, High-Range

Set Time Accelerating Admixtures

MasterKure ER 50

Water reducer | Reduces permeability | Moisture and chlorides cannot penetrate as easily

MasterLife ASR 30

Proven chemistry for mitigating ASR | Ready-to-use liquid admixture | Does not require low-alkali cement | Extended service life of concrete structures

MasterLife CI 222

A passive-active corrosion-inhibiting admixture | Forms a protective layer at the steel surface | Reduces chloride ion ingress

MasterLife SF 100

A passive corrosion-inhibiting admixture | Reduces chloride ingress | Reduces concrete conductivity
Preventing Cracks in Concrete

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Related Literature

Technical Bulletin: Shrinkage and Crack Reducing Admixture MasterLife CRA 007

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