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There are certain conditions under which using a repair compound or resurfacing product may result in only a short-term fix. Under these conditions, patching the concrete prior to resurfacing or doing a decorative topping would not be a cost-effective solution, as the surface or topping could soon display the same characteristics as the concrete that was previously repaired.


These conditions include:


•  Deep, widespread cracks where settlement has occurred. This may be due the weight of large trucks, improper preparation of sub grade, erosion of sub grade, or for other reasons.


•  Concrete that has sunk, which may occur if the sub-base wasn't prepared properly. Loose dirt may have been used for the sub-base. When this dirt settles, sometimes due to sprinkler or rainwater going under the concrete, the

concrete is unsupported and will be more susceptible to sinking.


•  Concrete that show obvious signs of frost heave. Frost heave is very common in cold climates. Moisture in the ground freezes and the concrete pushes upward.


•  Concrete that has so much spalling or pitting on the surface, that is it more economical to replace the concrete, rather than prepare the entire surface and resurface.






• STEP 1

Removal and cleanup of the old surface is the first step so we can start with a clean slate and prepare to add the new base.


• STEP 2

Sloping and grading of the new base is done to make sure there will be proper water drainage. Water damage is a major cause of damage, such as cracks and heaving.


• STEP 3

A new sub-base is installed and compacted, this is key to ensure the new concrete has a solid base. The sub-base is a frost barrier to help reduce winter damage due to freezing and thawing.


• STEP 4

Forms are now installed around the area where fresh concrete is to be poured, forms are a guideline to ensure that the new concrete is poured at proper depth, graded for water run-off and joins level to any existing concrete or asphalt.


• STEP 5

Reinforcement steel and expansion joints to prevent cracking during freeze/thaw conditions is then installed.


• STEP 6

The new concrete is then poured and finished. When the concrete sets, we return to remove forms and clean up debris.