Cracked concrete is not only displeasing to look at, but it can become dangerous to walk and drive on as the cracking increases over time. There are several primary causes for cracking in concrete, and most of them are avoidable to an extent. As concrete surfaces age, they tend to become structurally compromised, and these compromises tend to happen faster with no maintenance.
One of the main reasons why cracks occur in concrete begins with exposure to water. When water penetrates the pores of the concrete during freezing conditions, the ice expands the concrete, which can lead to cracking. Sealing concrete surfaces is one of the best ways to protect them. By the time you finish reading this, you should have the road map for both addressing worn concrete and protecting your new concrete.
Protecting New Concrete
After pouring new concrete on your property, one of your primary focuses should be to maintain the surface and get the longest possible life out of it. Washing the concrete regularly helps keep contaminants that could damage the exterior of the concrete at bay. Newer concrete should be treated very delicately and washed with a very low pressure and specialized detergents that remove surface dirt, mildew, and mold.
Though the curing agent on newer concrete will naturally fade over time, washing the surface can expedite that process. After having your concrete washed, you should consider having a protective sealer applied to the surface. In terms of strengthening and protecting the concrete from the inside, a siloxane sealer is an excellent option. While siloxane does not change the way the concrete looks, it penetrates the pores of the concrete, strengthens it from within, and helps protect from freeze-thaw conditions.
How to Fix Cracks in Concrete
Once concrete cracks, there are several steps you can take to remedy the situation. If you wanted something more cost-effective, you can purchase some supplies to fill in the area and mask it. Though this solution doesn’t require placing new concrete in those cracks, it provides a a short-term cosmetic solution. In some scenarios, which are out of one’s control, the ground underneath the concrete can shift at the control joint. This creates a situation where you need to have your concrete surface leveled. The average cost to have concrete leveled is around $800.
Why Perfect Power Wash?
When it comes to protecting your property, especially your concrete, the professionals at Perfect Power Wash have you covered. We have spent the past twenty years beautifying and protecting properties using the safest and most effective processes. For a free estimate, call our team today!