If the concrete around your home is cracked, broken, or uneven, you’ve probably been thinking about making repairs for a while. Not only does uneven concrete look bad, it can also pose a dangerous tripping hazard to you and your guests. But even though you’d like to replace your damaged concrete, there’s a very reasonable factor that might be preventing you from doing so—the cost. Home renovations are rarely cheap, and repaving your driveway, patio, garage, or any other area that’s done in concrete can be a costly proposition. What to do?
Today we’re looking at the economics of concrete repair, and what the most viable solution for you and your family might be.
Foam jacking is a process of raising uneven concrete by drilling holes—generally each no bigger than a dime—and injecting them with polyurethane foam. As the foam expands beneath the concrete slab, the slab is slowly lifted back into its proper position. The foam serves as support for the concrete to stop it from sinking again, so foam lifted surfaces are safe to walk or even drive a car over.
Foam jacking is also a very quick process. Whereas repaving can put large sections of your property out of commission for an extended time as you wait for the concrete to dry, foam lifted surfaces are usually good to go within 30 minutes of the foam being injected.
The concrete lifting cost is almost unilaterally less than the cost of traditional removal and replacement of concrete. Why? The answer is simple. When you remove and replace your concrete, you must pay for both the removal and for enough concrete to fill the entire area you’re correcting. If you’re fixing a damaged driveway, for example, you’ll have to pay for the entire driveway to be removed and replaced.
If you choose foam leveling instead, you can target the problem area, be it a large crack in your driveway or a specific sunken area, and leave the rest of the driveway alone. You’ll skip the removal costs entirely.
Concrete lifting cost usually runs at least 50% less than that of removal and replacement.
Foam lifting is a great way to level out your concrete while at the same time saving both time and money. Your home will look spectacular when you’ve finished. Contact us if you have any questions about this process or if you’d like an estimate for service.