Concrete repair is a general term used to describe the re-surfacing, removal and/or replacement of deteriorated or broken concrete. Cracking, spalling, lifting, flaking and hollow sounding concrete are all symptoms of deterioration. In New England, there are a few extreme elements that can increase the pace of deterioration much quicker than in other parts of the country. They are freezing temperatures, and the use of salt in winter months. Water expands almost 10% by volume when frozen and can exert significant stress on weak concrete. The presence of salt can make things even worse. Although residential structures are not exposed to these elements like commercial infrastructures are, there are still areas of our homes we need to pay attention to. Garage and basement floors, foundation walls, entry stoops and sidewalks, pool patios, bulkheads and even concrete driveways are all susceptible to concrete deterioration if not installed or protected properly.
Based on industry experience, more attention goes into the protection side of concrete in the commercial market than in the residential. Although the initial quality of most residential concrete meets requirements, the protective steps are frequently left out. This can lead to problems sooner than a homeowner realizes. Producing a strong, long-lasting piece of concrete is a three step process: 1) Supply a good quality concrete mix, cure the concrete properly, and once cured, protect it from the elements.
In general, the cost of a concrete repair project is directly related to how long the problem has been neglected. Address any issues you may have sooner than later. If you have any of these symptoms or would like to know more about how to protect your concrete, please contact our office for a free consultation.