A-1 Richmond Grout Leveling VS. Foam Leveling
Superior Process - What does tried and true mean to you?
Natural Limestone Grout - VS - Chemical-Based Poly-Foams: Our Experience & Research
Many of our customers have asked about the use of chemical-based Polyurethane Foams and what our position is on that material and process. Hopefully, the following information will give you some insights as to why we primarily will always use Limestone Grout over chemical-based Poly-Foams.
As Richmond's original pioneer of concrete leveling, we have only used an environmentally safe Limestone Grout material to perform the lifting and leveling of sinking concrete. All of our solutions solve issues with what’s going on underneath. We have extensive knowledge and experience with the soil makeup of the Richmond, Virginia region. Drawing on that time in the field provides us a thorough perspective on how to properly resolve problems our customers deal with.
We equally pride ourselves in being an environmentally compassionate company and maintaining that trust is very important to us. Our customers feel vested in our approach knowing that they are utilizing a process that replaces lost earth due to erosion, poor drainage or compaction with more solid earth.
The Benefits of Limestone
- ALL NATURAL EARTH BASED PRODUCT—Limestone is actually used as the base when new concrete is poured. We feel if limestone is the perfect material for pouring new concrete on, it has to be an equally perfect material for filling voids, re-establishing the base, and lifting existing concrete that has sunk.
- DOES NOT ADD WEIGHT TO THE BASE CAUSING FURTHER SINKING—One of the pieces of misinformation that is circulating by foam competitors is that the weight of our material causes further sinking. Limestone is 80lbs per cubic foot, by comparison, an 80-pound child standing on one foot on top of a slab exerts 40 times more ground force vs what it takes to lift a 4x4ft slab with our material. Weight is a non-issue. 40+ years of leveling history, and mathematics, does not support any other conclusion.
- SPREADS BETTER THAN POLYURETHANE FOAM—The flow-ability of limestone allows for a superior result filling unevenly developed voids under concrete slabs. Re-establishing the entire base under a sinking slab is critical in providing a long-term solution that doesn’t put the slab at risk for future cracking where a void with no leveling material exists.
- CONTROLLING THE LIFT—Limestone does not over-react or over-expand, running the risk of “over-leveling” a slab due to moisture that is unseen underneath it. With limestone, we can change the flow-ability/viscosity of our material instantly so we can lift or stabilize as we want to, giving us on-the-spot versatility. We can control the lift throughout the entire leveling process.
- CAN BE INJECTED THROUGH 1” OR 5/8” HOLES—Our material can be injected through either size delivery method and the needs of the project determine which option is used.
- WILL NOT ATTRACT INFESTATION—We have never in 20+ years of limestone leveling seen any evidence of infestation of any kind taking place. Polyurethane foam, on the other hand, does offer the risk of infestation.
- PERMANENT SOLUTION—Once our material sets up and becomes hardened underneath the slab and if there is no more ground erosion under our material, our process provides a permanent solution.
In conclusion, while there may be times when polyurethane foam can do a similar job as our limestone slurry grout method of leveling concrete, in nearly every situation we are convinced you will receive a better solution with our method. Sometimes the latest and greatest isn't really all that great after all.
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A-1 Concrete has done two jobs for me recently. The most difficult was replacement of the 36'x5.5' aggregate concrete surface of the porch of my home. They removed the 30 year old cracked and sunken concrete surface, tamped down the sand and gravel fill below the surface, installed all new flashing and plastic and poured a new aggregate surface. It looks beautiful and blends nicely with the aggregate concrete sidewalk in front of the porch. They also installed three tie rods and decorative cast iron anchor plates in the shape of stars to stabilize the exterior brick wall of the porch. The rods tie back through the main foundation wall at the back of the porch. This was a difficult bit of work and they completely met my expectations. They returned several times to get the cast iron anchor plates installed perfectly. A wonderful job which repaired the porch and added a beautiful architectural detail to the house!! The next was a sidewalk leveling and repair at my local church where I serve as a deacon. They leveled 10 sidewalk slabs in our 27 year old concrete sidewalk. They did a great job on the badly cracked and uneven sidewalk and their pricing was very reasonable. They were on time and did great work. A very good value!