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Concrete damage can be aggravating and costly. You do, however, have a few options. You can do the work yourself or call us for assistance if you don't have time or aren't sure what you're doing.
The first step in restoring concrete is to completely comprehend what caused the damage and what type of damage it is. It will be difficult to choose the correct type of repair and material without a thorough grasp of these aspects, which could result in repairs that either don't get the job done or don't last as long as they should. When the industry says that many concrete repairs fail within two years, they are often correct; getting it right can be difficult.
So, what are the most prevalent types of concrete damage and the associated concrete repair projects, and how should you approach them?
1. The most typical type of concrete damage we find is simple cracking. Hairline cracks, shrinkage cracks, settlement cracks, and structural cracks are the four types, listed in order of severity. Cracks can indicate a variety of things. Patching or filling the cracked concrete is usually all that is required, although more may be required.
2. Work on the concrete surface. Repairing surface damage, nicks, spalling, and the effects of freeze/thaw action are all possible with surface restoration work. In most circumstances, if there is surface damage, the concrete will be unaffected, although it may not appear as well as it once did. There are a few options to think about here: Cutting the concrete, repairing the reinforcing material (usually rebar), and re-pouring that portion are all part of partial and full depth concrete repairs. Full-depth repair is clearly more difficult than partial-depth repair. Overlays are the third choice. This requires putting another layer of concrete on top of the one that has been damaged. The importance of proper surface preparation cannot be overstated.
3. Repairing the pool deck (concrete decks). It's vital to keep the concrete around your pool in good shape if you want to keep your pool looking nice. Concrete damage to a pool deck can develop for a variety of causes. Pool deck surfaces are the most vulnerable to freeze-thaw damage. The effect is enhanced by deicing chemicals and salts, which can compound the problem. Concrete with insufficient joints or support, as well as concrete that has been laid wrongly, can readily crack. Depending on the problem you're encountering, there are a variety of remedy options. Slabjacking, adding grit to the surface, crack filler, repairs, overlays, sealants, and cleaning are just a few examples. What approach is ideal depends on the type of damage you've sustained.
4. Work on the concrete driveway. Driveways are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear. Even well-built concrete driveways are subjected to vehicle traffic, exposure to the elements, uneven material beneath them, and a variety of other factors. When it comes to concrete driveway repair, you have three options, and the severity of the damage determines which is best: Your driveway can be repaired, resurfaced, or replaced. Repairing minor cracks and small holes is usually the only job you'll want to do on your own. Simply fill in the blanks. You'll need a concrete contractor to resurface or fully replace your driveway for additional projects.
5. Raising concrete that has sunk. Sunken concrete has probably been seen before on sidewalks, walkways, roads, and in bigger areas. This usually happens when the surface beneath the concrete was not properly compacted and is now settling. The ideal solution for this problem is slabjacking, which involves injecting foam or concrete beneath sinking concrete to raise it back to the desired level. Contractors are ideally equipped for these jobs, so call today to schedule an inspection and work.
Do you have any idea what kind of harm you're dealing with? It's not a good idea to go it alone. Give us a call if you'd like a second opinion or a professional evaluation and quote. We handle repairs on a regular basis and can get you back on your feet quickly.