Concrete Patio Repair Services
For many people, their patios are their favorite spot to hang out when the weather permits. For others, they spend less time using it but still want it to looks good. Unfortunately, because of various environmental and usage strains, concrete patios may begin to sink over time. This not only affects enjoyment, but also perceived home value during sale considerations. Sunken concrete will lead to cracks. These can be categorized into two main groups; active and dormant. Active cracks expand in depth or width over time while dormant cracks remain unchanged. If these are left unaddressed without being repaired, they allow water to seep under the concrete, which will lead to more damage to your patio. If you see cracks in your patio, it’s important that you make plans to repair them.
Why Do Concrete Patios Sink?
Depending on where your house is located, the soil beneath your patio can settle causing adjustments to support and depth. When a house sits on an unstable soil, your patio or porch has a high probability of sinking over time. These areas are more visible than say, your foundation, so it will become noticeable to the naked eye. Another cause of patio sinking is increased levels of moisture in the soil. Water levels cause the soil to expand and contract, which means it can lose its strength. When the soil becomes weak, the structure on it will begin to sink.
In some cases these issues are isolated to certain parts of your yard. Poor soil drainage may lead to uneven draining of water from the ground that leaves some areas sunken and while others remain level. This causes the concrete to sink due to the space left underground when water drains out. Tree roots can also cause instability by pulling water from the ground beneath the concrete patio. The soil in turn shrinks, and this affects the concrete slab of the patio.
While all the above could be the cause of your sinking patio, we have good news for you. We can repair your damaged patio and restore it to its original state without compromising its appealing appearance.
Your Concrete Steps and Porch Can Be Repaired
We conduct concrete patio repair by elevating your patio’s concrete instead of replacing it. Replacing a whole layer of concrete can be a tedious and costly process. Instead of replacing the concrete, we use polyurethane foam to raise it. We prefer using polyurethane foam in repairing your concrete porch because it is lighter and cures faster compared to other materials. Raising concrete using polyurethane foam often takes less than two hours. Upon completion, the concrete will not only be leveled but its structural integrity will have been improved.
Our concrete patio repair involves drilling small holes at certain strategic points. The holes have to be drilled where the concrete is sunken to provide access to the recessed areas beneath.
Polyurethane foam is then pumped through the holes to fill the spaces underneath the slab thus lifting the sunken parts. When the area is lifted to its original position, the hoses are removed and the holes that had been drilled are filled up with fresh cement.
Our technique utilizes polyurethane foam by mixing two eco-friendly materials together at the time of application. This reaction results in the material expanding when they are combined. Our technicians use the expanded material to fill the vacuum that was beneath the sunken sections of your patio, hence restoring it to its original level status.
Polyurethane Patio Repair vs. Traditional Mudjacking
Mudjacking is a solution that more homeowners are aware of, and it follows a very similar process. We prefer using polyurethane foam over “mud” because it is lighter. Being over 50 times lighter than mudjacking, polyurethane foam is ideal for use where the soils may be considered unstable. This helps you avoid future settling issues that would be cause for more attention.
Repairing your concrete porch using polyurethane will also lead to a better finish compared to mudjacking. This is because the holes drilled in your patio while using polyurethane are relatively smaller compared to holes drilled when mudjacking.
Additionally, polyurethane foam has become popular among reputable firms and organizations due to its eco-friendly nature. Even the USA department of transportation uses polyurethane foam to repair sagging bridges and remove dips on the roads. The fact the DOT prefers polyurethane foam for use on roads and bridges underscores it’s dependability and endurance.
If you’re interested in receiving a free estimate for restoring your patio or porch, give us a call today.
Why Choose Us?
- Eco-Friendly Solution
- A+ Business Rating
- Many Satisfied Concrete Repair Clients
- Flexible Repair Solutions Custom Tailored To Each Client