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If you’re experiencing cracked or damaged concrete, we’re here to serve you. Cardinal Concrete Services is a full-service concrete repair contractor serving Auburn, AL and the surrounding region.
We have extensive experience in concrete patching, repair, resurfacing and replacement. Our team will gladly help you determine the right way to repair your concrete to ensure the you get the longest life out of your concrete at the right price.
If you’re in need of concrete repair in Auburn, AL, don’t hesitate to call us. It will be out pleasure to come meet with you, evaluate the extent of the damaged, and propose the best course of action moving forward.
Damaged Concrete: When To Repair And When To Replace?
Concrete is one of the most popular building materials in the world, and for good reason. Few materials can match the combination of strength, durability and affordability as concrete.
When it comes to common concrete features like driveways, sidewalks or curbs, concrete typically will last at least twenty years before it needs to be replaced.
However, nothing lasts forever and even concrete will eventually crack and break.
The question then is whether the concrete should be repaired or replaced.
How To Know When Concrete Repair Is The Right Option:
ONe of the most important factors in detemining whether concrete repair is the best course of action is to consider the age of the concrete itself.
No matter the surface in consideration, age is important to think about.
Whether you’re talking about driving surfaces like driveways and parking lots or walking areas like a sidewalk, all concrete should last at least ten to fifteen years before it begins to show any significant signs of damage.
So, when considering whether or not your concrete needs to be replaced altogether, remember this general rule of thumb. If it’s older than fifteen years, it is probably better to replace it. If not, repairing the concrete is probably the better option.
Now, of course, this is a generalized rule and so there are certainly exceptions. However, for the most part, this is typically the first question we ask when determining whether to repair or replace.
And the reason is quite simple: What kind of value are you getting for the money you spend.
Repairing your concrete if it is fairly young is a good idea. It will increase the lifespan of the concrete and help you get the most for your money. Likewise, if it is old concrete, it doesn’t really matter if you repair it now, because it will likely have issues elsewhere soon.
To invest in repairing an old driveway that is going to need to be replaced soon anyway is likely not the best use of your money.
“So How Do I Know If It Is Too Old Or Not?”
The obvious way to determine the age of the concrete is the personal records and history of the house. If you know the age of your house and whether or not the previous homeowner had any work done to the driveway, this can be the best and most obvious method of determining the age.
However, many homeowners, especially if they purchased an older house from a previous owner, have no real way of knowing how old the driveway truly is.
In this case, it is best to seek the advice of a professional.
Professional concrete contractors deal with concrete on a daily basis. As a result, we can typically see features of your concrete that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Using these details, a concrete contractor should be able to determine whether your concrete is too old to repair.
And, hey, if you’re looking for concrete repair in Auburn, AL region, we know just who you should call!
“So My Concrete Is Not Too Old. Does That Mean That I Should Just Repair It?”
In an ideal world, all concrete would be installed correctly and would last 25-30 years.
However, this is not always the case.
It is not totally uncommon to have concrete that was installed fewer than ten years prior already begin to show serious signs of structural damage. In this case, repairing the concrete is likely just putting a band-aid on the wound. It might mask the problem, but it doesn’t solve it.
If your concrete has structural issues, you really only have two options; live with it or replace it altogether.
To invest money in repairing failing concrete is a waste of money.
How To Tell If Your Concrete Is Structurally Compromised
There are typically two tell-tale signs that concrete is structurally unsound.
The first is major cracking. Now, like was said before, all concrete cracks. It’s unavoidable. And the way to address this is to install what’s called “control joints”, which are the grooves you see stationed evenly throughout the concrete.
However, if the cracks you’re experiencing in you concrete is greater than 1/8 inch, you most likely have a structural problem.
In this case, we recommend replacing the concrete altogether, rather than focusing on repair.
This may not be the most affordable option right now, but in the long term is the right choice.
The second sign that you’ve got a structural problem in your concrete is sinking. If your concrete is sinking, that most likely means that the sub-base material below it is either washed away or is not strong enough to support the concrete.
In either case, we suggest replacement.
“So I Need To Repair My Concrete. What Are My Options?”
The great news when it comes to repairing concrete is that you have several options to choose from. Below is an overview of the different choices you can make to best remedy your damaged concrete.
Patching concrete is the process of taking a damaged or sunken area (like a pothole) in the concrete and “patching” it. This simply means prepping the area, and then refilling it with a high-strength cement material that will bring it back up to level.
Cracks are the most common flaw in concrete. Unfortunately, in many case cracks cannot be avoided (see blog post “An Anatomy of Concrete”). Even still, they don’t look good and can even lead to the deterioration of your concrete if not addressed right away.
Fixing cracks in concrete is a relatively simple process. Typically, the best way to repair cracks in concrete is to apply a premium quality concrete crack filler.
At Cardinal Concrete Services, we use only commercial grade crack fillers and have extensive knowledge in how to apply fillers to set properly and look great.
Often, the best way to fix damaged concrete is the most straightforward; isolate the damaged section and replace it.
As a result, you will be able to restore the beauty and strength of your concrete without having to replace the entire area.
Easily becoming one of the most popular options for concrete repair and decoration, concrete resurfacing is almost a miracle when it comes to reinvigorating your concrete.
This process works by applying a high-strength cement material, applied roughly 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick over the top of the existing concrete. As a result, this material, called an “overlay” will bond to the existing concrete, giving it a brand new surface.
Because it only goes on the top surface, this overlay material allows you to maximize the durability of your existing concrete, while giving it a fresh, new appearance.
Need Concrete Repair In Auburn, AL? That’s What We Do!
If you’ve determined that your concrete is in need of repair, and you live in the greater Auburn-Opelika-Columbus area, we want to help you.
Our team is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to repairing concrete. We know what to do. We know how to do it right.
As a result, we have what it takes to find the best option for your concrete repair needs.
Give us a call today and let us know how we can help.
It would be our pleasure to serve you.