Concrete Repair and Removal
Like any surface, your concrete will experience wear and tear over time, or it may suffer damage from accidents, the weather, or from overloading. When that happens, you have two choices to consider; removal and replacement, or to repair the affected area. Or it may be that you are just looking to remove a concreted area to replace with something else. If you have damaged concrete, our team can give a professional assessment and advise you on what solution would be best and also which would be more cost effective.
Common Causes of Concrete Damage
Before any decision is made, it is essential to evaluate the area and to identify what has caused the damage or degradation. If your concrete contains steel rebar as a reinforcement, then it may be that the steel has been affected by chloride ions (from de-icing materials or similar) which leads to rust causing the expanding steel to put pressure on the concrete which in turn leads to cracks. Another cause may be moisture/water freezing and thawing. As concrete is porous, this can be a common issue and is known as scaling.
While the two factors listed above are the most common issues, there are other things which may lead to you needing concrete repairs. In commercial or industrial locations, structural loads (through heavy loads or constant use) may lead to cracks. With inadequate steel rebar (or none at all) cracks may widen and, in the cases of walls or beams, cause structural issues. Poor finishing or installation may also cause problems later on, including blisters or delamination as well as crazing. As with other problems, the first step is always to identify the cause so we can remedy it through repairs or replacing the damaged area.
The type of concrete repair we carry out will depend on the extent of the damage and on the location of your concrete. For example, driveway repair is infinitely easier to carry out than foundation repairs. Problems with your concrete foundations may require house leveling which can be a complicated process, though in some circumstances, a modern method called Polyurethane Concrete Lifting may be a solution. For minor crack repairs to a driveway or patio, we may consider using a durable urethane caulk to fill in any cracks or gaps. We also utilize a wide range of other treatments such as mortar or other options to ensure a professional repair job.
The difficulty and cost of removing your concrete surface depends on the type of concrete. Reinforced concrete is more difficult – and costlier – to remove than unreinforced concrete. And it is not only the cost of removal you have to consider, but the cost of disposal too. Reinforced concrete is far less likely to be able to be recycled, which leads in turn to a higher disposal cost. As a professional concrete company with many years of experience, we can advise you on the best choices and carry out all work to the nest standards.