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Strong, durable, low-maintenance, sustainable, wind and water-resistant, fire-safe and extremely versatile, concrete is understandably one of the most commonly used building materials. From driveways to floors, walls and roofs, concrete is everywhere. While concrete is typically known for its longevity, it doesn’t last forever. Knowing how to recognise signs of concrete damage and whom to trust when you need a concrete repair will bring considerable peace of mind and help you avoid unnecessary headaches later.
Signs That You Should Invest in Concrete Repairs and Restoration
How do you know when a concrete surface or structure is on the decline? The good news is that, in most cases, wear and tear to concrete is easily identified. Here are a few signs that it might be time to make that call for a concrete repairs specialist to visit your site:
• Cracks forming. Concrete naturally expands and contracts with fluctuations in temperature or moisture content. In most cases, those fluctuations aren’t a problem. If a crack is forming in your concrete, though, it is likely the problem will only worsen over time. In turn, these cracks can compromise the structural integrity of your concrete—though the problem is less severe for, say, a driveway or a patio than for a concrete roof. Regardless, it’s not a bad idea to call a repair technician to take a look at your concrete and give you some recommendations.
• Water pooling on concrete surfaces. Water pooling anywhere on or around your home or business is a problem, and concrete areas are no exception. While your concrete should have a waterproof coating to protect it (we are particularly known for our concrete sealers and coatings service), that coating can wear over time—mainly if it was cheaply or poorly applied. Pooling water could be a sign that your concrete is uneven, or it could just be a harbinger of future wear and tear. Correcting the issue with a concrete repair can help water drain away naturally, which will protect your foundation and the rest of your property from potential threats from flooding and water damage.
• An aged appearance. Even if you aren’t an expert, you can probably tell the difference between a concrete driveway that was laid last year and one that is ten years old. Over time, concrete may develop cracks, chips, potholes, unevenness or an overall shabby or faded appearance. To ensure the continued stability of your concrete, it’s advisable to call for concrete repair.