Concrete Cracks: Repair or Replace?

Do you have a concrete sidewalk, driveway, patio or pool deck that is cracked? Eventually, all concrete surfaces crack from erosion, pressure, climate or other factors. However, it does not always mean you need to replace your concrete. The severity of the cracking can determine whether only a repair is needed, or if you should consider replacement.

Concrete and cracks go hand-in-hand, but there is a difference between a small hairline crack and a larger, structural crack. Concrete can last for years without cracking, especially when you choose a quality contractor to pore your surface, but all concrete will split with time. Small or thin cracks can be easily repaired, and the surface can still last for many more years. However, deeper or wider cracks can be a sign of structural issues that cannot be fixed with a patch or repair.

When concrete cracks all the way through the concrete, a repair is just a temporary fix. It is likely the concrete will begin to shift, sink and upheave, causing an unlevel and unsafe surface. Look for wide or deep cracks and changes in the level of the surface. When this occurs, it is best to put your money into replacement versus spending on repairs that will not fix the problem.

Fixing concrete cracks right away can often prevent them from becoming more serious. If you are noticing cracks on your concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio, contact a local concrete contractor for repair. They can evaluate your concrete and determine whether a repair will extend the life of your surface, or if a complete replacement is a more prudent option. In most cases, if you catch the cracks early, a repair can be completed to fix your concrete.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Is it Time for a New Concrete Sidewalk?

Concrete sidewalks can last for decades, but even this durable material will eventually need replacement. Erosion, settling, water intrusion, plants and other factors can take their toll on concrete sidewalks, making them unsightly and even hazardous. Here are a few signs that it may be time to replace your old concrete sidewalk versus having it repaired.

Large Cracks

Concrete will crack, it is inevitable. Small cracks can be repaired and filled, but when larger cracks appear, it may be time to replace your sidewalk. Large cracks will allow more water intrusion, causing more settling and uneven surfaces that can be dangerous. Plus, those cracks invite plant growth, making it more difficult to keep your sidewalk looking clean and kempt.

Unlevel Sections

If one section settles, or tree roots push up a section, your sidewalk becomes a danger zone. These unlevel areas can be a tripping hazard, leading to falls and injuries. If someone is hurt on your property, you can be liable for their injuries and at risk for lawsuits.

Crumbling Edges

When the edges of your sidewalk begin crumbling away, it is time to replace, not repair. Concrete will eventually break apart due to its porous nature and will need complete replacement at this point to retain the form and function you desire.

When your old sidewalk is showing the signs of severe disrepair, it is best to put your money into replacement versus endless repairs. Contact your local paving contractor that offers sidewalk installation to create a new walkway that will look and function as it should. It can protect you from liability from fall accidents and improve the overall look of your home or business.

ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Concrete Cracks: Repair or Replace?

If you have a concrete driveway, patio or parking lot, it is only a matter of time before cracks will appear in the surface. While concrete can last for decades, heavy loads and traffic combined with weather and erosion issues can cause cracks. While many cracks are minor, there are some that can be signs of deeper issues. When should you repair and when should you replace concrete?

Concrete Repairs

Surfaces cracks are common with concrete. This is not a reason for alarm, especially if the slab is already several years old. If the surface shows cracks but it still even, these cracks can be filled, especially if they are smaller than ¼ inch wide. However, wider cracks could be an indication of a deeper problem. If the underlying surface is compromised, filling in cracks will only be a temporary fix.

Concrete Replacement

While it is understandable to want to patch concrete versus investing in a new paving project, there are times when it is the best choice. When you have wide cracks or portions of the concrete heaving upward or downward, there is an underlying problem. If it is only one slab, you may only need to replace that area. However, if your concrete surface nearing 25 years or has passed this mile marker, it may be time to invest in a complete concrete replacement.

Concrete cracks, holes and crumbling edges can cause a hazard, as well as be an eyesore. If you have problems with your concrete, call in your local paving professional. They can help you decide whether concrete repair or replacement is in order and give you an estimate on how much the project will cost.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Repair Concrete Cracks Before Winter Hits

If you have a concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio, you know that, over time, cracks will begin to form. The pressure from shifts in the earth, erosion and other factors can break the bonds in the concrete, starting as a small crack in the surface. These cracks can eventually lead to larger holes or uneven surfaces if not repaired. With winter weather on its way, now is the time to address concrete cracks before they become worse. 

Weather Effects On Concrete

Temperature changes during the winter can be one of the more common causes of cracks in a concrete surface. When groundwater freezes and then thaws, it expands and contracts, causing stress on hard surfaces. If this water is inside your concrete sidewalk, driveway or patio, it can cause damage to the surface. This issue is made worse if there are already cracks in the material. 

Cracks allow more moisture into your concrete slab, which can freeze and cause further damage to the structure. It can also allow water to rust and corrode the steel reinforcement bars used to stabilize concrete surfaces such as driveways or parking lots. This is why it’s important to have cracks repaired before colder weather hits. A small repair now can often prevent further problems, which may lead to needing your concrete replaced at a much higher cost. 

If you have noticed small cracks appearing on your concrete, call in your local concrete contractor to have the cracks repaired. They will diagnose the problem and give you options on repair. This can include filling cracks, replacing small areas of concrete or just an overlay, unless the problem is deeper in the structure. By fixing cracks now, you may be able to prevent more extensive damage over the winter.

Posted on behalf of Sunshine Services Unlimited, Inc.

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8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Phone: (561) 945-0187