Concrete repairs are done through two main methods, either via slab replacements or with localized repairs, which can be achieved with filling cracks and holes using a bonding material. The type and location of the concrete that needs replacing often determines how it will be replaced and the method used to do so. If you have a sidewalk made of slabs that are cracked or loose, the most ideal way to replace them would be by replacing the slab entirely, while cracks and other splinters or holes can be filled using a cement-based glue.
Localized repairs refer to how large-scale concrete surfaces can be repaired or replaced and without having to remove the concrete entirely. For example, if you have a crack in your concrete driveway, it’s much easier (and cheaper) to do a localized repair by sealing the crack with a concrete bonding agent, versus having to remove all of the concrete and start from scratch. Localized repairs are intended to make use of the other concrete around that is not damaged or deteriorating and prevent existing damages from worsening the concrete beyond repair.
Crack repairs are completed by using a strengthening, bonding mixture that is specially used to seal the cracks together and prevent them from worsening or extending throughout other parts of the concrete. Using a concrete crack filler and bonding agent, we’ll apply the crack filler to the hole or crack itself and allow it to dry before sealing it off and ensuring that it’s securely in place to prevent further cracking. Crack fillers are suitable for those that want to maintain the smoothness and cohesiveness of their concrete and don’t want the extended costs of removing and replacing the whole structure instead.
Concrete Slab Repairs
Concrete slab repairs, as mentioned when discussing our sidewalk repairs and installation, are done by removing and replacing the whole slab instead of the whole sidewalk. Concrete slabs are typically easier to replace and remove because they are smaller and can be pulled from the area with greater ease. This makes repairs speedy and ensures that the solutions help prolong the lifespan of your existing concrete slabs by adding the strength of a new one. Concrete slab repairs are also safer, as severely cracked concrete on pedestrian footpaths can be hazardous and cause injury when left unaddressed.
Concrete cleaning is done using power washing tools and solutions that are applied to the surface of the concrete and are scrubbed in to remove the dirt and dust that has accumulated on the top of the concrete or in its crevices. Since concrete is very rigid and has numerous small pores, it’s easy for dirt and dust to build up in the crevices and even more complicated to actually clean them. If you’re attempting to clean concrete at home, you can use store-bought scrub brushes and soaps, but power washing tends to be the most efficient and quick way to clean your concrete in one sitting.