Fixing concrete is usually an option, especially with the team at Lift-Up Concrete on your side. But just because something is possible doesn’t mean it’s the best use of your money.
Our goal with our concrete lifting and repair services is to provide our customers with value. It’s usually a smart move to repair instead of replace concrete, given the extent of the work of tearing out and re-pouring an entire slab. But there are some instances where fixing concrete just doesn’t make sense.
Below are three scenarios where it might not be worth it to go with repairs, whether due to cost or ineffectiveness, and replacement will be the best option.
There Are Surface-Wide Problems
Concrete is one of the most common building materials because it lasts. But in a climate like Utah’s, winter takes an extreme toll.
Over time, you’ll begin to see pitting and other forms of surface degradation. Not only does this ruin the aesthetics, it’s not simple to repair, either. You need to either patch the problem areas or refinish the surface to restore its look.
Beyond just the drop in the looks department, concrete damage quickly spreads throughout the structure, contributing to a more brittle slab. You are more likely to see serious structural problems as a result. It’s not that you can’t lift and level concrete that has surface-wide issues, the question is: Is it worth it? It might be time to replace it.
There Is Cracking and Separation
Our team is usually called to the scene when concrete slabs begin to crack and sink. It’s more common than you might think, which is why we have so many Utah customers who need our services.
But one situation where lifting and leveling doesn’t solve the entire problem is when the crack that started it all begins to widen dramatically. When there is a huge gap between the two cracked portions of the concrete, lifting isn’t going to solve the problem.
When Age Is More Than a Number
Concrete lasts for decades if you take care of it through resealing and leveling when needed, but after some time, it might start to show its age, especially if it’s the platform for driving, playing, sitting, diving and more. Once your concrete (especially your driveway) has reached the 20-year mark, putting money into repairs will not be a permanent solution.
If your slab or surface is past its useful life, we will recommend replacement. We always give you our best professional recommendation on how to go about fixing concrete and whether we believe it’s worth it in your case. At Lift-Up Concrete, we deliver the results you want, every time.