Having to deal with uneven or sunken concrete is inevitable for any Denver homeowner. However, this can prove to be hazardous to yourself, your family, and to anybody who may be visiting your home. As such, uneven concrete should be remedied sooner rather than later. There are a few different methods to repair sunken concrete currently on the market, and each has their own positives and negatives.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to treat your concrete problem, is to not treat it at all. If the unevenness isn’t too severe, it may be okay to wait awhile before deciding on the type of repair you will do. However, you shouldn’t wait too long before repairing it. Not only does doing nothing leave a hazardous location around your house, it can also cause further problems if there is water pooling or runoff heading toward your home. Should this be the case, water damage to your home’s foundation could be occurring without your knowledge, which could prove to be an even costlier repair job in the future. So, while this option has decent short-term benefits, in the long run, it could prove to do more harm than good.
Another option available to you would be to completely replace the sunken concrete. While this solution will solve your concrete problem, it may seem like overkill, depending on your individual situation. Concrete replacement can be a great solution, if done right. One of its significant drawbacks, however, is its cost. To repour concrete will cost about twice as much as foam-lifting. Furthermore, replacing a concrete area can be very disruptive to your everyday life. If you are replacing your concrete driveway, it will be about 7 – 10 days before you can use it again. It can be frustrating to have a part of your home that cannot be used. This also means that your replacement needs to be scheduled for a time when you can handle not being able to use that area for a week or more.
One of the most traditional methods of concrete lifting is mudjacking, and is the solution most homeowners are probably familiar with. Mudjacking and foam-leveling are the same, concept-wise, and mudjacking can be a great solution to fix your sunken concrete. It will act much the same way as foam-lifting, by repairing the concrete, instead of merely replacing it. There are a few drawbacks to mudjacking, however. The hole required to install the concrete slurry used in mudjacking is about 3x larger than the one needed for foam-lifting. Additionally, mudjacking can sometimes be more expensive than foam-lifting, and does not last as long.
New to the residential market, polyurethane foam lifting should be the preferred technique for Denver homeowners. Not only is the process quicker and cleaner than mudjacking or replacement, it is also longer-lasting. Due to the foam’s properties, the curing of the foam and its inertness make it the ideal choice for concrete repair. If you would like to get further information about polyurethane foam lifting or would like to get an estimate on your project, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us via our easy online form or call us at (303) 883-3322 today!