At A-1 Concrete Leveling, we understand that sometimes a slab just can’t be lifted. This may be due to the location of the slab, or the fact that the concrete slab is tied in physically with another part of the structure. In cases like this, concrete grinding might be the only available option.
The Concrete Grinding Process
Concrete grinding is a straight forward process. We use carbide tipped blades to grind the edge of the concrete, typically at an angle, to bring the edge in alignment with a nearby slab.
Best Uses for Concrete Grinding
The best cases for grinding are instances where using another process would either be impossible or cause more issues than they fix. There are times when surrounding slabs have lifted, due to heaving soil or tree roots. In some of these cases, it isn’t practical to lift the slab next to the heaved slab because doing so could create a highly uneven surface.
Cautions When Considering Concrete Grinding
Grinding concrete permanently damages the surface of the concrete. It can expose the porous aggregate under the finished surface of the concrete, leaving it more susceptible to weathering and damage from the elements. It also doesn’t fully address the issue as the slab will still have an unevenness with nearby slabs only with a sloped edge instead of a hard one. We nearly always think of concrete grinding as the last resort.
Let A-1 Concrete Leveling take a look at your uneven concrete slabs, and give you a free evaluation and estimate for the best solution for your particular issue.
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Andy has been leveling concrete for almost two decades, as such he is one of A-1 Cincinnati's concrete leveling experts. He understands intimately how concrete slabs move, and what it takes to get them back in the right place. If he is on your job, you know it’ll be done right.
Very satisfied customer. My wife and I are the owners of an older home in North Buffalo with a concrete driveway installed in the long before we purchased the property. Over the last several years, a large portion (around 50 linear feet) of the right hand side of the driveway had subsided 2-3" due to erosion (the property next door has a lower grade). We wen't quite sure what to do to fix it, but we knew that if we did nothing it would only get worse over time. While at the home show this year, we saw the folks from A-1, who took the time to explain their process and the types of work they do. Intrigued, we had their project manager, Michael Streer, stop by the house to take a look. He was prompt, very knowledgeable, and gave us an instant quote which we found to be very reasonable given the scope of the project and MUCH less than it would have cost to excavate and re-pour the concrete. Their pricing was transparent, with no hidden gimmicks (for example, I've heard of places that give a low-ball quote based on an estimated amount of material needed...but when the job starts, the amount of material needed is higher and the price goes up. This is NOT the case with A-1. The price quoted is the price I paid). On the day of the job, the crew was on time (in fact, they were early!). They again explained the process, worked quickly and efficiently, and did a complete clean-up. In less than two hours they were able to raise and level over 50 linear feet of concrete driveway AND completely clean-up the site. We are very happy with the work and would recommend them to anyone looking for this type of service.