Sometimes minor problems on concrete flooring in Ottawa can add up before you know it. Take a look at your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or other surfaces. Even tiny cracks, if left untreated, will expand until you have a severe problem. If the slab is already tilting, you know you are in trouble.
Unchecked cracks will allow moisture to seep under the concrete slab. As the soil becomes saturated from the winter’s thaw and freeze cycle followed by spring rains, you can expect that you will need to take some action. The gaps you notice between the expansion joints will mean danger to foot or vehicular traffic.
Why do you need to take care of your concrete?
Realtors will tell you about the importance of curb appeal. House flippers are always on the lookout for properties that have cracks in the cement walks or drives, poor gutters, inferior landscaping, and other issues that can devalue the house. By taking care of problems while they are small, you are protecting your investment.
Repair or replace? Re-levelling or repour?
The choices to fix the concrete problem come down to re-levelling the surface or repouring the entire piece.
The good news is that you may not need to tear everything apart and start from scratch. Your concrete might be re-levelled. This is a quicker and generally more efficient solution to the situation. The costs for re-levelling are about half the price of a repouring. The process can be completed in only a few hours using polyurethane foam. There is minimal invasion in the area, and the process is environmentally safe. Re-pouring, on the other hand, can cost thousands of dollars. The area will need to be torn completely, forms set, and the concrete repoured. It will then take several days to a week for the concrete to cure to be able to withstand any weight. All of the waste from the disassembly will need to be removed at an additional cost.
Once the concrete has been re-levelled, your contractor should explain the simple steps it will take to avoid the situation in the future. You can detect small cracks as they form and contact your concrete company to have them sealed by careful observation. This will prevent any moisture from infiltrating below the slabs and causing potential hazards.
Contact Ontario Self Leveling Concrete to fix any concrete issue!
As you can see, concrete flooring in Ottawa can have problems, even though it is very resistant to wear and tear. It is essential to be proactive and take steps to avoid any issues, such as cracks, from forming in the first place. Be sure to have your concrete floors regularly inspected by a professional to catch any potential problems early on. If you have a concrete problem that needs fixing, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll come out and look at the issue and let you know what needs to be done to fix it. Our team has many years of experience in the concrete business, so you can rest assured that your problem will be fixed correctly the first time. Contact us!