Frequently Asked Questions about Concrete Repair Services

1)   Why do I need to clean my concrete?

You need to clean your concrete to remove the plants that typically grow in our climate (ie. moss and lichen).  These plants are usually slippery when wet and their roots, however small, get into the pores of the concrete and break it down.  Cleaning and maintaining your concrete will make it less slippery and by adding a little bit of sealer and non-slip additive it will make your driveways, walkways and pool decks a safer place to be.

2) Why do I need to seal my concrete?

We seal concrete after it is clean and dry. There are different types of sealers. Some are penetrating and some are not. All sealers offer protection for your concrete from environmental (ie.  ultra  violet damage, salts, and acid rain) and non-environmental causes (ie. salt, fertilizers, and automotive products). Sealed concrete is easier to clean and maintain.  Concrete is expensive.  Save money and maintain it so you won’t have to replace it.

3) Why do I need to fix the cracks in my concrete?

Some cracks in concrete are fairly normal and not all cracks need to be fixed.  If the concrete has been poured on a well prepared site in the proper thickness and with proper spacing of control joints, cracks should be at a minimum.  However, this is not always the case.   Concrete typically cracks when support underneath it has gone away due to water erosion, ants or gravity.  Whatever the cause may be, the cracks need to be filled to prevent further undermining of the concrete. We can do a quick no-charge evaluation of your concrete to confirm if any cracks need immediate attention.

4) Why do I need to fix cracks in my foundation walls?

It’s normal to have cracks in your foundation walls.  What is not normal or acceptable is moisture in your basement or crawlspace.  Our climate, the slope of land (grade) toward your home, your perimeter drain system not working properly, and cracks in your foundation walls all contribute to moisture in your basement or crawlspace. This moisture problem can be addressed in one of several ways:  Change the slope of land towards your home, clean out your perimeter drains so that they can work properly, or lastly inject a flexible grout into the cracks.

5) Why do I need to fix cracks in our warehouse floors?

Forklifts and pallet jacks are heavy and travel on small nylon and urethane wheels.  Driving over rough terrain (floors with cracks and holes) usually causes damage to bearings and other parts of equipment. Fixing cracks and/or holes in the concrete floors provides a smooth operating surface for traffic. This means less down time for equipment and fewer back injuries for workers.

6) Why do I need to fix my sunken concrete?

Sunken concrete can be a potential tripping hazard for which you can be held liable. The wrong grade or slope of the concrete can cause water to flow toward your home. It may also take away from  your home’s street appeal. Gravity and erosion will make it worse over time. By correcting the slope/grade of your concrete back to its poured position, you eliminate the tripping hazard, allow the water to flow away from your home and improve the overall look of your home’s exterior.

7) Why not just replace my cracked or sunken concrete?

New concrete is expensive. Brushed concrete costs roughly $7 per square foot and the cost of aggregate will start at $15 to $18 per square foot. There will also be a cost to remove the old concrete.  Raising sunken concrete is typically ¼ to ½ the cost of replacing it. If you plan on replacing only some sections of your concrete the new poured concrete will not match your existing older concrete. Besides saving money, the big bonus of restoring your concrete instead of tearing it out is that it is environmentally friendly.  No truckloads of old concrete to dispose of and not contributing to the environmental impact caused by the production, transportation and installation of new concrete. 


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