Concrete has been in use since ancient Roman times for the construction of buildings, monuments, roads, and bridges. Its durability and ability to withstand the test of time have made it a popular choice even today. Concrete repairs allow for the preservation of historic structures.
As a modern building material, concrete offers exceptional strength, fire resistance, and durability. It is frequently reinforced with heavy-duty materials such as steel, and it is the most widely used artificial material worldwide.
However, external forces like extreme temperature changes, corrosion, bacterial damage, chemical harm, and water erosion can damage concrete. Flexible joints, such as expansion and movement joints, are particularly vulnerable, and failure in these areas can lead to concrete damage and the need for repairs.
If you notice small holes or cracks in your concrete, resist the urge to fill them with more cement or concrete as it can worsen the problem. The concrete mix aggregate is usually too large to fill narrow cracks, resulting in a temporary fix. Additionally, concrete shrinks as it dries, creating room for moisture to enter. In colder temperatures, the water in the crack freezes and expands, causing the crack to enlarge.
Instead, consider using resins or epoxy products for repairing concrete damage and flexible joints. These products are flexible and can expand and contract without damaging the concrete. With proper preparation and application, they can provide a long-lasting solution for years to come.
If you have concrete repairs that you are wanting to resolve, please contact us to discuss repair options and get a free quote.