Sometimes you may not need to completely remove or replace concrete once it has undergone some slight damage. It may just require a joint filling or simple seal. That is definitely not to say that a repair should be considered a small deal and a temporary fix. The ability to repair a crack completely depends on the size and the nature of the damage itself. This is why at Knoxville Concrete Pros we stress hiring an experienced and licensed contractor to help you with any repairs you may need. You could end up spending money on a "repair" that doesn't do you any good in the end. Its a fact that if you have any concrete around your home or on your property it will inevitably undergo some damage so you should know what to look out for before you waste your money and a bad repair.
What Causes Cracks?
A lot of times the damage you see in your driveway or patio if because of weather or other natural causes, or at least hopefully. We have encountered situations where there was an improper mix from the beginning that causes early warping! Tree roots are another things that can wreak havoc on a patio or driveway if the slabs haven't been reinforced when they needed to be. That along with the natural shifting of the soil underneath can create horrible cracking and uneven surfacing. Your vehicle will also cause your driveway to degrade over time after passing over it hundreds of times in what are usually the same exact areas.
Different Types of Concrete Damage
Before any sort of repair can begin its important to assess what type of crack it is. Different types of concrete damage require different types of repairs. Some of the common types of cracks are shrinkage cracks, structural cracks, and off-set structural cracks. Shrinkage cracks are typically seen on the surface and are under 1/16th of an inch wide. They aren't a material defect as much as a natural issue that comes with the way the concrete dries. Structural cracks can range in size and can be caused by the soiling shifting or a poorly mixed concrete pour. Off-set structural cracks are caused by shear forces and produce harshly uneven surfaces.
Why Act Now!
We always advise anyone that reaches out to us about possible repairs to have a professional fully inspect and evaluate what types of repairs you may need for your concrete. Getting the affected areas removed and replaced isn't always necessary and can end up costing you more time and money than you need. We would be happy to come out and let you know if we feel as though the damage is something to be concerned with or not!