As they’re exposed to significant elements on a regular basis (especially those that aren’t covered), patios that utilize concrete won’t last forever. How can you tell when issues are taking place that may require some concrete repair services, however?
At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting, LLC, we’re here to help answer these and numerous other questions for our clients. Patio lifting and leveling services are some of our specialties, and we’ve assisted clients not only with these solutions, but with how to tell when such an approach needs to be applied. What are some of the key signs that your patio’s concrete is in disrepair and could use some attention from our team? Here are several.
The first sign here is one of the simplest to identify: significant cracking. If the cracks in question are merely surface-level and/or don’t seem to be growing or deepening, then they may not pose an immediate threat. But if the cracks are severe enough that you can see through them in some places, or if you notice them growing and deepening over time, this is definitely a sign that your patio needs some attention.
Spalling or Deterioration
Another common sign that your patio needs repairs is spalling or deterioration. This generally happens when water gets into the concrete and then freezes, causing the concrete to expand and crack. Over time, this can lead to significant deterioration of the concrete itself. If you notice any spalling or deterioration, it’s important to have it addressed as soon as possible.
Spalling, on the other hand, refers to a piece of your concrete actually chipping off and breaking away. This is generally caused by the freeze/thaw cycles we just mentioned, as well as by salt that’s used to melt snow and ice in the winter. Spalling can also be caused by improper installation or poor drainage around your patio.
There may be a few reasons for pooling water on your concrete patio, and none of them are exactly ideal. First, it could be a sign of poor drainage around your patio. If water isn’t able to drain properly, it will just pool on top of the concrete and cause all sorts of problems over time. Second, pooling water could also be a sign that your patio is sloping too much towards your house (or another structure). This can cause water to pool against your foundation, which is obviously not something you want.
Weathered or Aging Look
Finally, another sign that your patio may need repairs is simply a weathered or aging look. If your patio looks like it’s seen better days, it’s probably because it has! Over time, sunlight and other elements can wear down the surface of your concrete, causing it to lose its luster. If your patio just looks old and worn out, it may be time to consider concrete repair or resurfacing services.
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, it’s definitely time to call in a professional for help. At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting, LLC, we specialize in concrete patio repair and resurfacing services. We can assess the condition of your patio and recommend the best course of action. Contact our team today to learn more or schedule a free consultation!