Commercial buildings need a solid foundation that can support the entire structure. This is why commercial buildings use concrete foundation slabs. Commercial building foundations tend to be a bit more susceptible to issues like sinking and settling because of the weight they need to support. There used to be only one way to lift and level these slabs, mudjacking. Mudjacking can be messy, and the results are not permanent because of the materials used in the process. But there is a better way! Many contractors today use polyurethane foam to lift, and level settled concrete slabs. Polyurethane foam has many benefits when it comes to commercial concrete levelling. Let us tell you what they are!
Polyurethane foam has changed the way commercial concrete levelling is done. Polyurethane foam concrete raising is a quick and efficient process. A few 5/8 inch holes are drilled into the top of the concrete slab. The polyurethane foam is then injected into the holes, expanding and raising the foundation slab from below. The foam cures within minutes, and the area can generally be used that same day. This means contractors can raise sunken concrete slabs with little to no interruption to services. Once the work is complete, we patch the holes, and the slab is ready to be used! Mudjacking uses a similar process but requires drilling many two-inch holes and piping a slurry into the ground below the slab. The slurry is mixed on-site, and it can be very messy. Mudjacking requires extra time for setting and clean up, adding to labour costs. This is not an issue with polyurethane foam concrete lifting.
One of the best benefits of polyurethane foam is that it is environmentally friendly. It is made partly from recycled materials and doesn't contain toxic chemicals, so there is no risk of polluting the soil and groundwater surrounding the slab. Polyurethane concrete lifting eliminates the need to pour a new concrete slab if the current one is still in good condition but has started to sink or settle. This keeps concrete slabs out of landfills, adding to the environmentally friendly benefits of polyurethane foam.
Polyurethane foam is durable and long-lasting, almost completely eliminating the need for the process to be completed again, saving you time and money. With polyurethane foam, contractors can level sunken and settled concrete slabs before the problem becomes too big to handle and the concrete needs to be replaced. This reduces the labour costs and time spent on the project, making it perfect for commercial buildings! The cost of polyurethane foam concrete raising will vary depending on the size of the project. But as a general rule, it's far less expensive to raise concrete than it is to replace it.
Polyurethane foam is incredibly strong. It can support up to 4,000 pounds per square foot, making it perfect for commercial applications. Polyurethane foam is also long-lasting. It is water resistant, so it won't degrade over time if water is present in the soil. It is also resistant to the elements and can last for literal lifetimes. In most cases, lifting concrete with polyurethane foam is a permanent solution to sinking and settling.
Commercial concrete levelling using polyurethane foam comes with many benefits. From the quick and easy process to its cost-effectiveness, it is the ideal solution to sunken and settled concrete slabs. For us, the best benefit is that polyurethane foam is environmentally friendly. At Sanremo Poly-Foam, we are committed to using environmentally friendly products and practices in all of our work. Thousands of professional contractors across Canada have used our innovative polyurethane foam technology! Our primary goal is to help you complete your concrete levelling project without any environmental impact. If you require commercial concrete levelling services, contact us today! We'll get you level in no time.