Summer is coming soon and that means time to hang out on the patio. However, wear and tear, as well as mother nature can wreak havoc on your concrete patios and steps, leaving them looking worse for wear. Cracks and sinking concrete can look unsightly, while also posing a safety hazard to your friends and family. You will need to assess the state of your concrete to figure out if you need to repair or replace your concrete patio.
Cracks and other damage to your concrete can also hurt the value of your home. As your largest investment, you want to keep your house in tip-top shape, ensuring both the safety of your family, as well as the resale value of your house. This means taking the time to assess the damage to your concrete and figuring out whether to repair it or if it will have to be replaced.
How Do You Know If You Should Repair or Replace Your Concrete?
Concrete is often viewed as a permanent installation, not requiring maintenance or replacement. However, concrete can fall apart, crack, and break for many reasons. Let’s take a look at some reasons that these cracks and breaks happen:
- Rodents or other small animals can burrow under concrete, causing it to lose the support of the ground. This can lead to sinking.
- The ground underneath the concrete may not be able to adequately support the weight of the concrete also causing sagging, which can lead to sinking or cracks.
- Soil can expand and contract with varying moisture levels, this can also cause a gap under the concrete or even cause erosion underneath, which is a big factor in settlement or uneven concrete slabs.
Raising or Repairing your Concrete
Concrete raising simply refers to repairing a concrete slab by drilling small holes in it and injecting support material under the slab. In most cases, as long as your concrete section has sunk less than eight inches, raising should be all you need to repair your concrete. This is good for a variety of reasons including:
- Raising is far cheaper than replacing
- Concrete raising can be completed in less than one day
- The repaired area can be used immediately
- It restores your concrete back to a level state
- Won’t require any digging and your landscaping won’t be disturbed
When Concrete Replacement is the Best Option
Let’s face it, some concrete projects are just too big, or the damage too severe for raising to be an option. In those cases, concrete replacement is recommended. For jobs of this size, we suggest calling in a professional to assess the area and decide on which option is best. You can help speed up the process by answering a few questions to see if a replacement is the best option:
- How many cracks are in the concrete slab needing repair or replacement? If there is more than one crack per slab or section, then replacement is normally the most cost-effective solution.
- If your concrete has settled, check to see how far. If it has sunken less than eight inches then raising may be the more cost-effective solution. If it has settled more than eight inches, then you will normally have to replace it instead.
Protecting Your Investment
Whether your concrete is sinking due to erosion or just settling slightly, you need to take the necessary steps to get it repaired or in more severe cases, replaced. Doing so can raise the value of your house and also the quality of life for your family, ensuring their safety and happiness for as long as you own your home.
Concrete professionals will be able to provide you with answers to all of your questions when it comes to patio repair and replacement. If you feel your home’s patio needs an update, repair, or full-on replacement, contact the concrete experts at ACS: Concrete in Kansas City today!