Winter can put a damper on the ability to lift concrete and do many outdoor projects aside from shovelling snow. With the weather getting warmer, homeowners can turn their attention to outdoor projects that enhance the curb appeal of their homes. As the snow melts, you might be noticing you're concrete isn't looking as fresh as it did last year. Maybe your driveway is cracked, or your front steps or sidewalk is uneven. Cracked and uneven concrete slabs aren't only an eyesore; they can be dangerous. Luckily there is an easy solution to repairing sunken and settled concrete, polyurethane concrete lifting! But the question is, when is the best time to have concrete lifted? Read on to find out!
The frozen ground makes concrete slab lifting projects difficult. That's why we recommended having your concrete lifted in the spring or fall. Polyurethane foam will hold up in all weather conditions; the more significant issue is the soil. During the winter months, the soil will freeze and hold onto the moisture present, causing it to expand. During the natural thaw cycle in the spring, the water will melt and cause the soil to shrink. This can cause the soil under your concrete slab to shift and settle more, even if the slab has been levelled with polyurethane foam. These conditions are less likely to present in the spring and fall, making them an ideal time to have your concrete lifted and levelled.
Our innovative polyurethane foam concrete lifting process is the best way to lift, and level settled concrete. We will begin by drilling small holes in the concrete slab and injecting an expanding polyurethane foam below the concrete slab to lift it back into its original position. Once the process is complete, we fill the holes, and the area is ready for use almost immediately. Raising concrete with polyurethane foam is fast, efficient, and usually a permanent solution to repairing sunken concrete.
The polyurethane foam we use is not affected by extreme temperatures and is hydrophobic, meaning it will not be affected if there is excess water in the soil. It is also environmentally friendly! Polyurethane foam is made partly of recycled materials and doesn't contain any toxic chemicals that can seep into the ground around it. Repairing concrete with polyurethane foam is much cheaper than replacing the concrete, making it the ideal solution for all of your concrete repair projects.
Winter weather and the limited ability to perform outdoor repairs will often leave many homeowners with unpleasant surprises when spring comes. Soil compaction and movement paired with the freeze-thaw cycle can leave concrete slabs unsafe, unsightly, and unlevel. Once thawing occurs, some concrete slabs may resettle into place, but the damage is often done, leaving pieces of the concrete slab out of place. If the area doesn't look too bad, many homeowners ignore it until the problem becomes more apparent. We recommend having your concrete lifted and levelled as soon as you notice a problem to avoid more costly repairs and possible injuries.
If the harsh winter weather has left its mark on your concrete slabs, give the experts at Sanremo Poly-Foam a call. We are most well known for our patented polyurethane foam, an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional concrete lifting methods such as mudjacking. At Sanremo, we are committed to using environmentally friendly products and innovative practices in our services. Professional contractors use our polyurethane foam technology all across Canada and worldwide. We will help you get your concrete project done quickly and efficiently without any environmental impact. Contact us today and let us level with you!