Kansas City’s Changing Climate Calls for Polyjacking

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In the Midwest, residents experience four seasons each year. Some people from the area even joke that on occasion, all four seasons can occur within 24 hours! While residents may like the fluctuating temperature and precipitation, these weather conditions can do a number on concrete roads, driveways and sidewalks.

That makes concrete repair an essential part of life. Fortunately, there is a solution that’s meant to withstand such climate changes. Learn how a changing climate affects your concrete, and why polyurethane foam is the best method for concrete repair in the Kansas City area.

Benefits of Polyjacking

Foam jacking, also called polyjacking, is a polyurethane concrete raising process. Polyurethane foam is injected through small holes drilled in the concrete. It expands and fills voids beneath the slab, which raises and levels the concrete. This method can be used on sidewalks, driveways, patios, pool decks, steps and garage floors. It is also an effective solution for repairing trip hazards.

There are many benefits of polyjacking over alternative methods such as mudjacking and complete concrete replacement. Polyjacking is faster than mudjacking, less expensive than replacing entire concrete slabs, cures faster and causes less disruption than these other repair processes. The polyurethane used in polyjacking is also environmentally friendly.

When it comes to weather, polyjacking is best because it can be installed at any time, unlike mudjacking, which requires above-freezing temperatures.

How Changing Weather Affects Concrete

These properties of polyurethane foam make it the best method to repair concrete in areas where weather and seasons change annually. In Kansas City, there are many environmental factors that lead to broken or sunken concrete.

First, summertime can lead to drought. Periods of extreme dryness can have two affects: the concrete itself can crack or the ground under the concrete dries and compacts such that the concrete moves. This can be detrimental to both a foundation and a driveway. Polyjacking previously cracked concrete helps prevent additional cracking and heaving.

Second, in the spring and fall rain can cause concrete to settle. Excessive water can erode the soil the concrete sits on. This new gap between the concrete and the ground leads to cracks, shifts and bulges in concrete. With poly foam, erosion doesn’t occur, and these cracks can be prevented.

Third, when winter rolls around, homeowners and cities use products that are known to erode concrete and cause damage. Items like winter de-icers and salts as well as large trucks and snowplows are culprits that become apparent over time. Also, frost causes concrete to heave, or lift.

All of these factors can cause concrete to crack and crumble. While these are unsightly, they also can be costly problems because your concrete is now a tripping hazard. When this happens, it is important to have polyjacking done as soon as possible so you can avoid more costly repairs down the road and keep your property safe.

Let JoCo Foam Pro Keep You Level

With polyjacking from the experts at JoCo Foam Pro, you can keep your sidewalk, driveway or patio in good condition year-round.

For more information on polyurethane foam jacking services, visit our website or give us a call today! Our team would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about this innovative method for repairing concrete.