What Are the Signs That I Need My Concrete Repaired and Restored by a Professional?

While it is true that concrete is a highly versatile and exceptionally strong material, it is also true that it is not considered to be indestructible. Environmental conditions, erosion, and direct damage have the capability of breaking down concrete throughout the years.

This leaves behind cracks, unsightly marks, and structural-based changes that have the potential to become aesthetically displeasing and/or a safety hazard. When this happens, professional repair and restoration is a necessity. Continue reading to learn more. 

What Causes Concrete Damage?

High-quality concrete is a material that provides high levels of stability and support to various types of surfaces and enclosures; however, there are many factors that may result in premature degradation. The following outlines the most common:

  1. Temperature Fluctuations – It is a known fact that concrete has the ability to hold up to high temperatures, but if it is exposed to constant fluctuations between extreme hot temperatures and cold temperatures, it will start to wear down. If moisture is introduced into the equation, this wear and tear happens more quickly. If water becomes frozen on the concrete, it expands immensely. This can result in severe levels of weakening. 
  2. Environmental Conditions – Severe environmental conditions such as exposure to saltwater, earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, the formation of ice, and tremors put concrete at high risk for degradation. Extreme cracking, shifting, and other types of damage may occur. 
  3. Excessive Weight – When concrete is overloaded by high weight levels, it could buckle, crack, chip, and/or warp. This is of the highest concern on parking areas, foundations, and structural joints. 
  4. Exposure to Chemicals – Certain chemicals, such as salts used for de-icing, acids, and chemical sulfates – will create certain types of chemical reactions when they come into direct contact with concrete. This results in instability. Over time, certain chemicals will actually weaken the concrete. 
  5. Corrosion – Frequent use of the concrete and exposure to the elements, chemicals, overloads, and other situations speed up the natural aging process and result in corrosion. This corrosion actually deteriorates concrete. 
  6. Direct Impact – Certain types of direct impacts have the capability of degrading concrete extremely fast. This includes impacts from blasting, machines, tools, and vehicles. Cracks may quickly develop and weakening will occur if damage is not repaired and the concrete is not restored. 

Signs it’s Time for Concrete Repair and Restoration 

If you notice any of the signs outlined below, it is time to call in a professional for concrete repair and restoration:

  1. Cracks
  2. Discoloration
  3. Flaking
  4. Gaps
  5. Uneven Surfaces

While it may be easy to ignore even the slightest signs of minor damage in concrete, all damage should be immediately dealt with. We here at Concrete Coatings of the South specialize in concrete repair and restoration.

If you want to avoid threatening the overall integrity of your property, accidents, and other issues, we encourage you to contact us immediately. Simply call the following number now for immediate assistance: 706-249-4131

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