When calling for concrete repair, it is best to have an idea of what you are getting into. For example, there are many different kinds of concrete repair. Each type is best used in relation with a certain type of damage.
Sometimes a poor subbase or soil erosion can cause your driveway to sink in multiple areas. Slab Jacking is a way to bring the surface back up. It uses a combination of sand, fly ash, and other elements. The mixture is inserted beneath the slab in order to jack it up to its original position.
Cracks on the surface of the concrete are unsightly, and they can also lead to further damage. Concrete resurfacing is the process wherein a concrete contractor adds an overlay. This covers up the already present cracks and works to prevent new ones from forming. This is best used when the cracks are present in quantity but not severe. It would not be the best idea to cover a severely damaged driveway with what acts as a Band-Aid.
If you have just a few cracks or holes, there likely is not any reason to cover the entire surface of your concrete. This is where concrete patching comes in. Concrete is used to patch small holes and cracks that could potentially cause further damage. One thing to remember about patching is that it simply buys time. Eventually, contractors will have to dig out and replace the areas that have been patched.
Add Concrete Stain
Maybe you are just concerned with the coloring of your concrete surface. If it has faded, consider adding a concrete stain to restore the original hue. This can be done by adding either a color hardener, integral pigment, or other color enhancing formula. Not only does this update the appearance of the concrete, but it can also act as an extra layer of protection for your concrete. If your concrete surface has been untouched for many years but is still intact otherwise, this might be a great option for you.
When is it Too Late for Concrete Repair?
If your concrete has not been replaced in 20 years, you should consider replacement over repair. Concrete replacement might also be the best option for surfaces with severe damage in more than one area. Finally, if a large section of your driveway has sunk or if the driveway has acquired serious foundation issues, replacement is likely the best option. When it comes down to it, the best way to discern whether or not you need concrete repair is to call one of our expert concrete contractors for a professional evaluation. They will assess the damage and recommend the best plan of action.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today. A representative from our office will be happy to assist you by answering any questions or concerns you might have with regard to our concrete repair. We look forward to hearing from you.