Cracked concrete isn’t just an aesthetic issue. Cracked concrete can both be caused and exacerbated by water damage. This creates a snowball effect that needs to be addressed quickly to avoid escalating damages and costs.
Luckily, cracked concrete can always be fixed. Depending on the cause and the location of the cracked concrete, the concrete may simply need to be resurfaced or the crack can be filled with sealant. For severe cracks or concrete that provides structural security, the concrete may need to be replaced entirely. Omega Structural offers services at an unbeatable price to mitigate the cost of these damages.
Concrete can crack due to soil compaction, rebar expansion, spalling, and natural ground movement including earthquakes.
Soil compaction is caused by the weight of the concrete creating soft spots in the ground. The concrete then sinks into said soft spots causing cracks.
Rebar expansion is caused by rust which is caused by moisture. The quality of the rebar can prevent this issue. Most rebar prior 1970s were of lower quality with a low carbon amount.
Spalling is caused by calcium heavy rainfall. The calcium starts eating the concrete, causing it to break off in chunks. This exposes the rusted rebar which is both aesthetically unpleasing and dangerous.
Ground shifts overtime depending on the composition of the soil. High clay content holds more moisture which causes expansion and retraction through the seasons. Properties located close to fault lines are especially prone to earthquake damage.
Fresh concrete can crack as it dries. As the water evaporates, concrete shrinks. This process creates tension that can crack the concrete if said concrete isn’t laid with absolute perfection. As a core specialty of Omega Structural, you can rest assured knowing that our concrete is laid with over 25 years of experience.
Filling concrete cracks is an easy and cost effective solution. The issue with filled cracks is that they do not completely hide the crack and also provide less long term relief than other options. This is a quick fix ideal for individuals on a tight budget.
Resurfacing concrete will hide the crack and prevent water from seeping through. Unfortunately, cracks are likely to remain deep inside the concrete. As a result, resurfacing concrete is not an ideal solution for cracks in concrete that provides structural support.
Replacing concrete is both the most expensive option and the most effective option for mitigating future damages and restoring the beauty of your home. No other solution can compete with the beauty or strength of fresh concrete.
Cracked concrete in a Patio can be worrisome especially when the Patio is elevated. Depending on the cracks exact location it may compromise the structural integrity of said patio. We recommend not using cracked patios until they are treated.
Cracks in the concrete of a Garage may indicate greater issues with the surrounding enclosure or the possibility of water leaking into a foundation. If the concrete looks moist then this issue needs to be addressed immediately.
Cracks in driveways can be extremely bothersome. They may damage your car or obstruct the aesthetics of your home. While this may be the most damaging form of cracked concrete in relation to aesthetics, it’s also the least problematic in regards to the structural integrity of your home.
Cracked foundations are the most dangerous case of cracked concrete as they can compromise the structural integrity of your entire home. Cracked foundations can also facilitate water damage and worsen overtime due to soil pressure as well as from the impact of ground waters.
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