The Art Of Concrete Repair, Restoration, And Refurbishing

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Concrete repair, restoration, and refurbishment

Concrete can be an extremely durable surface, but it is still prone to cracking and other damage in certain conditions. This can weaken your concrete surface, lower your curb appeal, or cause injury to those using the concrete. Concrete repair, restoration, and refurbishing can help keep your commercial or residential space looking professional. Below is more information about the products used in concrete repair projects and what takes place during refurbishing. 

Why You Need Concrete Restoration

Concrete is not invincible. Similar to other surfaces, it can experience wear and tear and become full of cracks and dents. When your commercial space relies on concrete for outdoor and indoor spaces, repair is the only way to keep your clients happy. 

Restoration is also imperative when damage is causing issues to structural integrity. Keeping your building safe is necessary for employees and residents. Restoring concrete is a great way to keep your commercial space functional, while also saving money by avoiding total replacement. 

Products Used In Concrete Restoration

  • Pro Bond Ultra: One of the top products used in concrete repair is Pro Bond Ultra. This one product takes the place of so many different competitor SKUs. It can be used as a resurfacer, but can also be a sloping compound. The filler can be used for small cracks and repairs as well as being a top coat to seal all other repair work. It is easy to use for large commercial concrete projects. The options are truly endless when you utilize Pro Bond Ultra.
  • Smooth Coat: Smooth coat is just how it sounds, it creates a smooth texture for concrete. It is made of fine sand and can only be applied ⅛ inch thick. This product is mostly used for refinishing because it helps to beautify the surface. Smooth coat can also be used in combination with Pro Bond Ultra to give you a durable repair with a more brushed-finished look.
The Art Of Concrete Repair, Restoration, And Refurbishing
  • SwiftSet Self Leveler: SwiftSet has only a few uses, but is used widely in the commercial concrete industry. It is fast setting (2-4 hours) so it is often used as a self-leveler for small projects or ones that require a smoother top layer. It creates a strong physical and chemical bond to the concrete it is applied to.
  • Deck Seal: Anti-slip sealer for concrete or stone that is water-based and resistant to discoloration. You can use this for many different projects, not just decks or walkways.  
  • CPR Concrete Patch and Repair:  (Has a lot of uses…but right now I have to promote it for Vertical and Overhead Concrete Patching and Repairing)

Methods Used In Concrete Repair And Restoration

Surface Cleaning And Preparation

Before any restoration work can be done, cleaning and preparing the surface is crucial. Cleaning the concrete surface can help improve the look of your concrete surfaces without high restoration costs. Cleaning and prep work removes dirt, mildew, or other build-up to prevent more deteroration to the concrete. High-pressure water may be used if the concrete is strong enough to not experience damage.  

Crack Repair

The most common damage to concrete is cracking. Crack repair is a method that is used fairly often in concrete repair and restoration. There are various techniques inside this method including epoxy injection, polymer-modified cementitious overlays, or using crack repair mortars to give you more structural integrity. 

Concrete Resurfacing

If the surface is where the concrete is the weakest, resurfacing is your best option. This involves laying a new layer of concrete or another overlay to enhance its appearance. Resurfacing can also help improve the durability of weakened concrete as well as give it an improved aesthetic. Some overlays can come in bold colors, abstract patterns, or be matte or shiny.

Corrosion Control

Reinforcements can be applied to help prevent corrosion in the future. Restoration methods include applying corrosion inhibitors, cathodic protection systems, or replacing corroded reinforcement. Corrosion methods can be applied after corrosion has occurred or before to help limit the amount your concrete will experience. 

Structural Strengthening

As surfaces age, they start to weaken and may not function as they originally did. Concrete can weaken over time from land shifting, extensive use, or weather wearing. The structure of your concrete is important if you want to keep your curb appeal. Strengthening techniques include using a boned reinforcement, or carbon fiber reinforced polymers that are bonded to the concrete. Steel plates can also be implemented to help improve the structural capacity of concrete for your business. 

The Art Of Concrete Repair, Restoration, And Refurbishing

A Cost-Effective Solution

There are many significances of participating in concrete repair, restoration, and refurbishing but the biggest benefit is the financial savings. Concrete restoration is often more cost-effective than demolishing the concrete surface. Restoration minimizes the financial burden on homeowners and business owners and gives them a stable surface to use. 

Addressing cracks, deterioration, and structural weaknesses will help keep your home environmentally friendly and improve the overall look of your home exterior. Relying on concrete is vital to a resilient home. Improve your concrete surfaces with repair, restoration, and refurbishing.

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