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.

Posted on behalf of:
Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Concrete Damage: Repair or Replace?

Do you have a sidewalk that looks like a mini-rollercoaster or a patio that is covered in cracks? Damaged concrete is not only an eye sore, it can be a liability hazard on your property. Once concrete begins to shift, crack or crumble, you need to have it fixed or replaced before it causes harm. But when can you opt for a minimal repair versus the full cost of replacement? It all depends on the issue and what has caused the damage.

Most concrete problems are caused from wear and tear over time. For driveways and parking lots, this is pressure from the top from heavy vehicles and issues underneath the surface. For other surfaces like patios, sidewalks and basketball courts, the wear and tear is mostly from underneath. Erosion, water penetration and shifts in the soil can undermine the base needed to keep the concrete level and in place.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to whether concrete can be repaired or will need complete replacement. If the base underneath has been compromised, there is a good chance you will need to replace the entire surface. However, if the damage is only in one area, it may be able to be repaired. Sidewalks can often be repaired just by replacing one or two sections that have become uneven.

To find out the best option for fixing your damaged concrete surface, call your local concrete paving company that offers repairs and replacement. They can inspect your surface and offer you advice on which option will be best for your situation. It is worth the investment to repair your concrete before the damage causes an injury for which you may be financially liable.

Posted on behalf of:
Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 731-1722

 

Three Reasons to Replace That Old Concrete Sidewalk

Do you have a sidewalk at your home or business that is cracked, uneven or sprouting weeds? While concrete is a very durable surface and wonderful for sidewalks and walkways, it does not last forever. If you have been putting off fixing or replacing that old concrete sidewalk, now is the time to finally make the move. Here are three reasons you need to call a concrete contractor to replace your sidewalk.

  1. Liability. The most important reason to replace that old sidewalk is your liability for injuries. Slabs that have settled or become uneven can easily become a hazard for guests or customers, putting you at risk for financial liability if someone is injured. Even with property liability insurance, you still are responsible for deductibles and possibly may have an increase in your premiums.
  2. Curb appeal. Old sidewalks can detract from the beauty or aesthetics of your home or business. Keep your property’s value intact by replacing cracked or worn out sidewalks and walkways with new, beautiful concrete.
  3. Function. If you, your family or guests avoid walking on your sidewalk due to the uneven or damaged surface, they are probably walking on your lawn. The function of your walkway is to offer a safe, easy place for foot traffic that keeps intruding feet off your grass. Keep landscaping costs down by upgrading your sidewalk to a desirable walking surface.

Make replacing your old sidewalk or walkway a priority this year.  Call your local concrete contractor to get a quote on your new sidewalk to avoid the expensive consequences of not maintaining a safe, functional walkway.

Posted on behalf of:
Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 731-1722

Repairing Old Concrete

Over time, even concrete can crack and buckle with shifts in the earth and temperature changes. These imperfections are not only cosmetic, they can also be hazardous to people who are walking on your property. While some old concrete sidewalks, driveways or patios may need to be replaced when they become dilapidated, many can be repaired for a fraction of the cost of replacement. 

Common Concrete Repairs

Many times, even what appear to be major concrete problems can be repaired instead of replaced. With new technology and techniques, many concrete or paving contractors are able to make old concrete look like new again without completely rebuilding the surface. Some of the common problems that can be repaired include: 

  • Cracks. Small and even large cracks can be patched and repaired. Small cracks can be filled with a patching compound, while larger ones may need to be filled with concrete.
     
  • Uneven slabs. On sidewalks and even larger surfaces such as driveways or patios, slabs can become uneven. A professional concrete contractor can often re-level these slabs without needing to remove or replace the entire concrete.
     
  • Pitted or stained concrete. Old concrete which has become pitted or stained over the years doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced in order to look like new again. Resurfacing can make an old concrete stoop or patio look clean and smooth. 

If you have older concrete which is becoming an eyesore or hazardous on your property, call your local concrete contractor to find out if it can be repaired or resurfaced. Completing repairs is often only a fraction of the cost of replacing the same surface, making it a much more economical option for most homeowners.

Posted on behalf of Jason Losch, Ace Paving & Maintenance

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New Basketball Court Construction

Basketball is a very popular sport with outdoor courts being found throughout the area at schools, playgrounds, fitness facilities, community centers, multi-family apartment and condominiums and even private homes.  The courts include full regulation sized courts as well as half courts.  These courts are long lasting and provide years of surface when installed properly by an experienced contractor that is experienced in the installation of basketball and other athletic courts. 

The most common material used in outdoor basketball courts is asphalt, which is placed over a compacted stone base.  The exact thickness of the asphalt and the stone base depends upon the type of soils present on the site.  Once a concrete basketball court contractor has been selected the first step will be locate the exact location of the court, as ell as the proper elevation.  It is critical that the court be located on the property in accordance with any set back or other zoning requirements. 

Once located, the contractor will obtain any permits required and begin work.  The contractor will then install a compacted stone base and then lay the asphalt.  Specialized lasers will be utilized to make sure that the surface is level.  However, there will be a very slight pitch to the court to make sure that rainwater drains from the surface.  The pitch is so slight that it will not be noticeable when playing, but the players will appreciate a dry surface shortly after it stops raining! 

Once the asphalt is in place, the surface will be coated using a special coating that not seals the asphalt but also provides color to the court.  Once dry, the court is striped showing the foul line, boundaries, 3-point line and other key markings.  While this is being done the basketball goals are installed at the proper height and location and the landscaping around the edges of the court are restored.  The final step is to go out and shoot some hoops!

Posted on behalf of Ace Paving