The state of the concrete around your business is a major cause of concern. Not only does poorly kept up parking lots, sidewalks, and entries reflect poorly on your business, they can also be a major safety concern for your customers and employees. The following are a few key items to watch for, along with how the issues can be rectified. Cracks and holes Cracks, potholes, and pitting in the concrete doesn’t just look bad. These issues can damage cars in parking lots or lead to trips and falls for foot traffic. In many cases, you can be held liable since these issues can be considered negligence. Even if an injury doesn’t occur, these problems can lead to even worse
The effects of winter can be particularly harsh on concrete sidewalks. Water from snow melt and rain can get into the pores and cracks of the sidewalks during a thaw period. When the freezing temperatures return, the water will turn into ice and expand inside the pores and cracks. Expanding ice can break apart the concrete slabs to the point they are no longer safe to walk over. You will need to remove the broken slab and put in a new one to repair the sidewalk and make it safe for people to use it. If you are a new homeowner who has never had to break apart a slab of concrete to remove it, here’s how you can do
Cracked and damaged concrete patios can take away from your enjoyment of your outdoor seating and entertaining areas. Before taking a jackhammer to the patio and starting over, use the following guide to determine whether your patio can be repaired by a skilled contractor. Issue #1: Pitting Pitting typically occurs from either age and weathering that has allowed moisture to get into the concrete, or from the use of salt-based ice melt products. In some cases, it is possible to repair minor pitting by removing the loose concrete material and applying a concrete patch. Keep in mind, the patched area will be visible because it isn’t possible to match the aged patina of the old concrete to the new patch.