Whether it’s pulling up the driveway after a long day at work, or taking a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood with the family, we all come in contact with concrete at some point throughout the day.
But over time, what was once smooth, new concrete can settle, crack, and flake away, leaving you with trip hazards and, frankly, bad-looking concrete.
Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we’ve been repairing and maintaining concrete for over 30 years. During this time, we’ve seen all kinds of concrete damage. But what very rarely changes are the few reasons customers want to repair their concrete.
In this article, we’ll walk you through what those reasons are, then briefly explain some of the options you have when you decide concrete repair is right for you.
One of the primary motivations for repairing concrete is safety. Uneven slabs and wide cracks pose significant hazards to both visitors and family members alike.
Trip hazards can lead to painful falls and injuries, and potentially expensive liability claims. Filling cracks and gaps and lifting uneven concrete slabs ensures a safer environment for everyone on your property.
Repairing concrete is often a fraction of the cost of replacing the concrete entirely. Many common concrete problems, such as cracks, minor surface damage, and sunken slabs, can be fixed without the need for expensive replacement.
Also, by addressing these issues early, you can prevent them from escalating into more significant problems that require more expensive solutions. In the long run, repairing concrete can save you a substantial amount of money.
Well-maintained concrete surfaces look great and significantly enhance the curb appeal of your property. A nice-looking exterior makes a positive impression on guests and potential buyers, and gives you a sense of pride every time you look at it.
Additionally, if you're looking to sell your property, investing in concrete repair is a quick and easy way to increase home value.
Related Resource: 5 Reasons To Lift Concrete Before Selling Your Home
Proper concrete repair and maintenance often extend the lifespan of your concrete, and addressing problems as soon as they occur prevents them from worsening over time.
By proactively repairing concrete issues, you can avoid the hassle and expense of replacement before it’s really needed. This is also a plus because it keeps unnecessary concrete out of landfills.
Now that you understand the importance of concrete repair, let's briefly explore some common repair tactics.
For more detail, check out this article: How To Repair Your Concrete
Flexible concrete caulk can be used to seal cracks while still allowing for natural concrete movement. It can be blended in with concrete and provides a more permanent solution than patch kits.
Lift Sunken Concrete Slabs
Settled concrete slabs can be lifted back into their original position with concrete leveling services, like stone slurry grout leveling, polyurethane foam lifting, or mudjacking.
Stains and discolored sections of concrete can be cleaned using a home pressure washer or a professional power washer.
Patch Surface Damage or Missing Sections
As a temporary solution, surface damage can be resurfaced or missing sections can be patched. However, severe damage may mean there’s a need for replacement.
Your Next Steps
Whether your goal is ensuring safety, saving money, enhancing curb appeal, or prolonging the lifespan of your concrete, repair can help you get there.
For more detailed information on concrete repair and maintenance, check out these related topics from our online resource library, Concrete Academy:
- 6 Common Concrete Problems + How To Fix Them
- How to Maintain Your Concrete
- Why Repair Sinking Concrete Slabs?
A-1 Concrete Leveling has locations all over the US that offer some of the repair and maintenance services mentioned in this article. If you’d like to see what these services can do for your concrete, click the link below to request a free onsite cost estimate!