How to Fix Cracks in Your Concrete Patio
Summer is just around the corner, so it’s best to get homes ready before the fun begins. Aside from updating a home’s insulation or cleaning the gutters, it’s also crucial for homeowners to inspect their concrete patios.
Numerous cracks on concrete patios aren’t just unsightly but can also result in stressful effects such as weed growth. If left unattended, it can collect and accumulate debris. Or worse, family members or guests can trip over the gaps. These cracks can widen over time, and the only way to fix them will be to demolish the patio and rebuild it completely.
There are various reasons concrete may crack, but fortunately, the approach in concrete repair is pretty straightforward. And with the right materials, homeowners can ensure these issues never happen again.
Repairing concrete is not necessarily hard if handled by experts. Here at Joco Foam Pro LLC, we make use of a method that will last for a very long time. For instance, we prefer to use polyjacking because it’s a better method than conventional mudjacking.
Long-Lasting Concrete Repair with Polyjacking
Polyjacking is also known as polylift or polyurethane concrete filling. It makes use of inorganic, high-density polyurethane foam to lift the concrete and fill in gaps. As such, it lasts for a very long time and will not break down as time goes by.
Aside from longevity, the advantages of using the polyjacking method are numerous, including:
- Cost-effectiveness: Homeowners won’t need to spend money years later for the same concrete repair.
- Faster to implement: We don’t need to drill large holes to be able to inject the mixture into the problematic concrete.
- More comprehensive: As the foam expands completely, it reaches out farther to other void spaces underneath the slab.
Most professionals would still recommend mudjacking, which is a more traditional approach. While it’s just as effective – and sometimes entails lower initial cost – it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option these days.
Mudjacking makes use of a combination of Portland cement, topsoil, and water – mostly organic components that lose their strength over time. In addition, the slurry used in this method weighs heavier, which means it can cause the soil underneath the cracks to settle, resulting in more issues later.
Concrete that underwent repairs through polyjacking looks better than mudjacking. As a result, it improves curb appeal and increases a property’s value better. It’s also versatile since it works well with any concrete issues in any home.
Using polyurethane foam is a tried and tested method, able to toughen out most extreme conditions. In fact, the Department of Transportation has used polyjacking in repairing and leveling concrete for over three decades now.
Steps in Performing Patio Repair using Polyurethane Foam
Regardless of the source of the cracks, polyurethane foam can easily fill them up – even those caused by sinking concrete slabs. Here’s what our repair process usually looks like:
- We identify the source of the problem and the cracks that need filling up.
- Our experts inject polyurethane foam steadily into the cracks while making sure they’re on the same level as the concrete
- If we have to drill holes to inject the foam underneath a slab, we’ll patch it up to finish the process.
Our customers prefer our method because they can almost immediately use their patio as soon as we’re done. The secret is the quick-drying power of polyurethane foam.
Have a Patio to be Proud of that Neighbors will Envy
Patio cracks happen to every home sooner or later. It’s the method of repair that distinguishes an excellent one from the other. Our polyjacking method is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and durable. Best of all, we can prevent our client from having to shell out a considerable amount for a more costly concrete replacement.
Receive your free estimate and bring your patio back to its former glory.