A freshly poured, smooth and flat driveway can truly be a beautiful sight. You know it’s going to last years and years, and you know that you will be able to proudly show it off to your friends and neighbors. It provides an eye-catching appeal to your home, and it will surely help the value of your home. However, over time, it may need concrete repair. Many times people think this is a repair that they can do themselves, and they end up with some common concrete repair mistakes. Let’s review a few of them.
The first and foremost mistake that people make with concrete repair is the wrong mixture of materials. Concrete may seem like a sludge that is easily put together and easily dries, but there are many factors that go into the color, texture, drying time, and general composition of concrete. There can be too much aggregate, too much water, or too much concrete, and any of these can throw off your mixture. Plus, each mixture needs to be made with the climate in mind, if you are in North Dakota and don’t account for the bitter cold winter season, you will have a problem with your concrete.
When concrete isn’t mixed correctly it can lead to an abundance of problems. These include not setting up properly, not drying properly, cracking after drying, or not being able to hold the weight of the things parked or placed on it. This one can be especially dangerous if it’s a driveway or garage piece. If your driveway suddenly cracks from cars being parked on it, there are big problems facing you.
If you’re pouring a whole new area for a concrete repair, you need to make sure that the base is still level and sturdy. It cannot be soft or on shifting soils. This will make the entire concrete repair worthless because it will break sometime in the near future. The shifting nature of the soil will cause settlement and that piece of the slab will break off from the rest. If the ground is soft, the slab may sink lower than the rest, also causing a crack around the area that has sunk.
Additionally, if you’re just doing concrete repair for a small area, you need to prep that area properly. Don’t just pour the concrete on top and think that you’re done. There are many different steps that go into making sure that the mixture is the right consistency, it matches, it is smooth and level, and more. This is why it’s better to leave it to the professionals, like those at Custom Concrete & Foundation Specialists.
When you’re pouring new concrete, you need to take the weather and climate into account. While it might seem like a little bit of rain won’t hurt the drying concrete, it can seriously mess up your end results. Likewise, when you know that there may be a cold front or heat wave coming in, don’t pour yet! Your concrete surface in need of repair will thank you when it does not suffer the consequences of an improperly set up and dried concrete repair.
Pretty much every new pour for concrete needs a support system. This goes from your sidewalk mesh all the way up to your buildings with steel reinforcements. If you’re not sure what you need to put out, who knows how your concrete repair job will go? When you don’t put in reinforcements, you run the risk of your concrete pour not being stable, not being able to hold the load that it needs to, and being generally dangerous for people. It’s not right to put others in danger. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing with reinforcements, leave it to the professionals. We’d be happy to help you with your project.
Bottom line is that all concrete will need a repair at some point, but it’s usually unwise to take up the task yourself if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. It can lead to disastrous consequences like a driveway cracking under the weight of a truck, a sloping patio, or a sidewalk that’s a major trip hazard. It’s easy to dismiss these liabilities are not going to happen to YOU, but unfortunately D.I.Y. jobs don’t always end how you want them to.
If you think you need concrete repair, give Custom Concrete & Foundation Specialists a call! We will get you set up with a free estimate, and we will get you on your way to a fixed up concrete surface. All without having to watch 300 YouTube videos to learn how to mix concrete. Give us a call today and get started!