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 damage to the concrete over time.
Most commercial concrete contractors can fix these issues easily. They begin by cleaning out the cracks or holes and then filling them with a special concrete filler. This filler is somewhat elastic so it can respond to the concrete as it expands and contracts during temperature changes. This prevents further cracking. If the damage was extensive, they will then resurface the concrete by laying a thin layer of fresh concrete over the top. This gives your lot or sidewalks the look of being new at a fraction of the expense.
This can be a more immediate tripping hazard than cracks. Uneven pavement can happen for many reasons, but the most common is that the foundation wasn't properly compacted. This leads the pavement to heave upward in one section but not in another. Other causes can be a tree root lifting up a section of pavement or even water getting beneath the pavement and freezing, which results in lift.
This isn't always as simple to fix. The contractor may be able to lift the slab and level out the ground beneath. Another option is to grind down the uneven section until it is flush with the rest of the pavement. Still another option is to combine grinding to level with resurfacing, which will cover the repair and allow the contractor to lay a new, even layer of concrete over the old.
After any concrete work, it is important to take a look at the safety painting. As a general rule, you want to paint the edges of any steps or curbs bright yellow or bright white so that your customers and employees see them easily and don't trip over them. It's also necessary to paint any damaged areas, such as a crack or lifted slab, until you can get a contractor out to make repairs, so that the damage isn't overlooked.
For more information, contact Burns Brothers Concrete Construction Corp or a similar company.