While the cold air of fall and winter have arrived to push the stifling heat of summer away, it’s that same cold air that can ravage cracked concrete, causing further damage, and making a bad situation even worse. That’s because cold air causes concrete to contract, causing the gaps to gape even wider, leaving the surface even more dangerous, too. Cracked concrete allows rainwater to seep into the soil underneath the slab, causing erosion, which only causes more cracking and further damage. If it happens to be a driveway, you can only imagine what harm the extreme weight of a car can cause. That’s why it’s important to repair your concrete as soon as possible, especially before the harsh winter weather blows in.
Should You Do It Yourself?
While a quick internet search on repairing cracked concrete will result in countless how-to videos and all sorts of tips and tricks on doing it yourself, going the DIY route may not necessarily be the long-term solution to your concrete issues. In some cases, you truly do get what you pay for when it comes to the experience and skill of a licensed professional, especially when it comes to concrete restoration and renewal.
In its most basic form, concrete is really just a mixture of water and concrete powder (sand, rock, and paste), but that’s where the simplicity ends. It requires a lot of care and attention than just mixing the two up in a wheelbarrow. Temperature, thickness, and ratio are all factors that must be measured and taken into account for a proper mixture.
Prior to that, however, it’s best to properly seal the existing cracks to prevent further water damage and erosion to the base of soil underneath. Because the size of the cracks vary in size and severity, it’s important to treat the various sizes of differently and appropriately. A trusted concrete specialist will first use the proper sealant and apply it to the existing cracks prior to any concrete resurfacing application. Given the nature of concrete, it’s important that you apply it with some level of skill and expertise. Concrete is tricky because it’s applied in a near-liquid, paste-like state, but changes into a solid after it hardens. The hardening process is an important one that must also be monitored for calculated results, especially in cold weather.
Beautify Your Concrete, Too
In addition to fixing the cracks in your broken slabs, a great concrete contractor can also beautify your concrete surfaces with any number of creative methods such as stamping and coloring. That’s right -- concrete has the potential to be so much more than just a plain, gray slab of flatness. For texture and added curb appeal, you can choose from a variety of decorative patterns that simulate many different surfaces, both natural and man-made; add a dash of color to match the surroundings and you, too, can have concrete that makes a bold statement, both indoors and outdoors.
Where To Start
For over two decades, the concrete gurus at Concrete Resurfacing Products have been the first choice for Atlanta’s homeowners and business owners to renovate and renew their concrete surfaces both inside and out. A local, trustworthy professional with a long list of satisfied customers, Concrete Resurfacing Products has worked hard to craft their renowned reputation for exquisite work performed effectively and efficiently by skilled artisans, even in the winter.
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