Charleston Concrete Overlaying

Similar to generic concrete cracks, crack and joint repairs are performed on the crevices where the joint edges of two slabs of concrete meet. This area often serves as a cracking point for concrete due to the heavy pressure of the two slabs of concrete meeting together or other elements that have caused early deterioration in the concrete.

Causes

Concrete cracking can be the result of concrete that has not been poured properly, has been exposed to excessive water either during the mixing or drying process, or was laid on a surface that was not adequately prepared for the concrete. When concrete is installed correctly, it will naturally curve and crack at the joint that you want it to, so when it does this prematurely, it is likely due to installation error. As we don’t want to make the same mistake as before, we do our best to always find out the root cause of the damage and see what can be done to fix it. If the cracking is excessive or continues to persist, we’ll often times also recommend potential alternatives rather than bonding repairs.

Tools & Materials

The tools and materials we use to repairing concrete cracks and joints is vital to ensuring that your concrete is up and running again like usual. We use some of the market’s highest quality of cleaning, bonding, and sealing agents that weave together the cracks and fill growing holes. We use industrial-grade performance tools that are able to extract and apply the concrete’s imperfections and correct them with ease.

Preparation

To avoid what was or wasn’t done during the initial pouring process, we always try to prepare the surface for pouring or repairs like driveways. In repairing generic concrete cracks, we use a sealing agent that allows for the concrete to be used again as new, without letting the cracking continue to grow or spread. In preparation for this, we’ve found that it is best to clean the crack and surrounding areas, while removing any debris that has built up inside the crack. This will let the sealing agent better penetrate the crack and dry quicker. As for joint repairs, we use a similar bonding agents that is applied to the joint crease and with added protection.

Curing

Once bonding agents have been applied to the cracked areas and joints, the curing time is the most important and final step. When the bonding agent is able to cure appropriately, it ensures that it able to work at maximum potential and keep the concrete safely secured. The bonding agent needs time to cure or it runs the risk of faulting and damaging the concrete and joints even more. We recommend to our clients to allow anywhere from 24 – 48 hours for curing time which includes not using the concrete surface for vehicle or foot traffic. Once completely cured, your concrete and joints will be up and running again like usual, but with more and enhanced security. Find out much more details about us.

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