Posted By MyGuy
No matter how much we spend fixing up our homes and or businesses nothing
really seems complete when we have 'bad concrete. Bad concrete can
mean bad curb appeal. What is 'bad concrete'? Well that can apply
to many issues from stains to cracks to slip/trip hazards or deteriorated concrete.
Let's take a look at these issues.
These can come from rust, oil, crayons, vandals, and nature. There are
many products available today at your local hardware and home improvement
stores. Selecting the best product for your problem can be a problem.
Be prepared to explain the source of the problem to the service representative
so that the best product can be recommended. Remember that some of these
products are very aggressive and may permanently damage the concrete.
For severe stains we recommend contacting a professional that can provide
you with the best advice.
These are a natural occurrence in concrete. It is often said that there
are two kinds of concrete.
- concrete that is cracked
- concrete that is going to cracks
The proper design and layout of control joints can remedy many of these
issues. Most cracked concrete will require professional help to repair
however there are some products available at your local hardware or home
improvement store. Remember that most repairs to cracks will not eliminate
the physical appearance but will make it easier to clean the surface and
reduce the trip hazard potential. A frequently overlooked cause of cracked
concrete is tree roots. When planning your landscape layout make sure
to keep trees away from the concrete.
These can be anything that creates a dangerous situation for you and/or
visitors to your property. These problems can lead to serious injury and
potentially to an unwelcomed lawsuit. Slip/trip hazards are things like
uneven concrete, excessively smooth and slippery concrete, wet conditions,
oil and grease spills, and also concrete coatings that are not installed
with proper non-skid incorporated into the finish. Avoid unnecessary slopes
or steps where possible. Provide some type of cautionary indicator at
these areas. Change the color of a decorative coating; by providing a
yellow hazard stripe at steps are things that can help prevent injury
and lawsuits. If you have concrete that is not properly pitched contact
a licensed contractor that can re-slope your slab often in one day as
opposed to replacing the entire slab.
Soil conditions, proper drainage, quality materials all play a factor in
how your concrete will perform. Irrigation sprinklers are a major problem
here in the Desert because of our alkaline water. Creating an aggregate
border against you concrete to create a buffer from excessive water is
one solution to not only damage to the concrete but also to coatings you
may elect to put on the concrete. Another problem we have experienced
is the backwash water from a water softener being discharged near the
house foundation causing extensive damage to the concrete.
Before making costly mistakes in concrete repairs or concrete additions
talk to a qualified ToFixIt contractor. Services include removal of damaged
concrete, repairs to cracked concrete, pouring of new concrete for patios,
driveways, walkways. The qualified contractor will also offer many options
for resurfacing of your concrete both outside of your facility and also
for new exciting decorative interior coatings and color dye options.
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