It’s true that home repairs can often become a hassle, especially when it comes to ones that include structure. Concrete repair is one of those items that some people might easily ignore—however, damage to concrete can be an indication of a bigger structural problem, so it’s important to have a professional assess the damage and determine the cause.
In addition, cracked and worn concrete can be such an eyesore and cause your home to lose its curb appeal and charm. As such, addressing worn concrete should go at the top of your renovation/home repairs list. For individuals looking to invest in overlays or staining, it’s critical that they inspect their concrete for any damage beforehand, or those could easily become damaged as well. Ensuring a strong structural foundation is the best way to ensure your concrete investment is protected.
Assessing the damage
It’s easy to tear out concrete and re-pour, fixing any cracks and damages. However, ensuring that it won’t happen again is another story. Concrete repair that is done without addressing the cause will ensure that it will simply crack again. Perhaps the foundation is uneven, it’s simply really old, or there aren’t enough supports below the pour.
Rather than repairing it yourself, and risking more damage, our Utah based experts at Alpha Concrete Coatings can come and assess the damage, determining the overall cause. Once this is done, we can fix the cause and prevent the new pour from becoming easily damaged again.
Determining the solutions
For older concrete, it might simply be the wear and tear over time that has caused its current condition. In this case, we can tear out the old, cracked cement, and simply do a re-pour. We take care of everything, starting with demolition, all the way to sealing the new concrete.
Often people notice on their driveways and sidewalks that the cement is chipping away, creating a rough surface and leaving behind rocks and debris. This is also an easy fix. If your concrete has small chips, holes, or cracks, this may seem like a simple solution to do on your own. However, most home concrete repair jobs tend to crack shortly after completion.
That’s where our experts can step in and help—our work will have an extended lifespan and offers long-lasting durability. In the case of small repairs, we use a special concrete repair caulking solution to fill the holes or spaces—once it dries, it can make the concrete repair appear as good as new. Our products are the highest quality, ensuring that the repair doesn’t turn into a noticeable eyesore.
If the foundation is uneven, the concrete will typically begin to sink, making it slant to one side. Over time, soil can be loosened, causing the slab to drop. This can be a relatively easy fix—we drill a hole or space into the cement and fill the space with a sand mixture. Then we can simply fill the hole. This prevents having to remove the entire slab.
If it’s really uneven, removing the slab may be unavoidable. However, once the slab is removed, we only use a high quality mixture and ensure that it is level before laying any new concrete. In addition, if it needs more structural support, then those can be added before a new slab is laid down. This will help to prevent future sinking and give the concrete repair a much longer lifespan. Our experts can determine the cause of the sinking, thereby preventing any from happening in the near future.
Prepping the surface
One of most common home repairs/upgrades is doing concrete overlays or staining. However, it’s important to make sure that the concrete is level and strong before investing in these options.
If you stain a concrete floor, all the cracks and blemished will be enhanced. Our experts can come in and sand down the concrete, as well as filling small cracks and gaps, ensuring that they aren’t visible after the stain is put down. Different techniques can be used to smooth the surface, including water and sand blasting.
If your concrete has a large crack, and you do an overlay on top of it, it’s likely that the overlay will simply crack as well, wasting time and money. Building and maintaining a strong foundation is the best way to ensure that an overlay looks the way it should, and will last for a long time.
If you notice cracks or rough surfaces on your concrete, you should look into it right away, as it might be an indicator of a structural problem. Repairs vary from simply filling in spaces and sanding down surfaces, to entire new pours. Contact our Utah experts at Alpha Concrete Coatings—we can diagnose the cause of your breakage and give you options about the most cost-efficient concrete repairs.