Let's find out how concrete is placed, then replaced (when it fails) and finally how Polylevel is the best solution.
How is Concrete Placed?
First , the site is prepared. Grass, debris, and rocks are removed from the area where the concrete will be poured. The site is usually dug down about 4".
Second , the forms are set. Forms are usually made of wood and are set to act as a temporary mold when the concrete is poured. When pouring concrete for driveways, sidewalks, patios, etcetera, forms are used. The concrete slab on your home is made a little differently; the footings and foundations of your walls serve as the forms.
Third , the concrete is poured. Rebar is sometimes placed in a grid pattern to reinforce the strength of the concrete. Rebar is very uncommon in older homes and almost never occurs when pouring concrete for sidewalks, pool decks, patios, or driveways. Concrete is poured into the forms on top of the soil and then leveled off.
Fourth , the concrete is finished. The surface of the concrete is finished using different tools, such as trowels and brooms.
Lastly , the concrete cures. Curing means hardening. This process can take several days or weeks to be completed.
PolyLevel is a more efficient option!
How is Concrete Replaced?
Concrete replacement is difficult and messy. Obviously the first step to replacing concrete is to remove the already existing concrete. Jackhammers are usually used to break the existing concrete slabs into pieces. All of these broken chucks of concrete are then hauled away.
PolyLevel does not require all of the fuss and mess like a total replacement does!
On exterior slabs (driveways and sidewalks) heavy equipment, like backhoes and skid steers, are used to remove the concrete and debris. Unfortunately, this equipment causes major damage to the lawn and landscaping.
PolyLevel keeps your lawn safe and in pristine condition!
With interior slabs, floor coverings and interior partition walls must first be removed. New floors are poured next and left to cure for at least two weeks. Then the interior partition walls can be rebuilt, floor coverings can be are reinstalled, and all of the home furnishings can be brought back into the home.
PolyLevel does not require you do completely refinish your home!
As one can see, this solution is quite disruptive and can become very expensive very quickly. Although one can replace concrete, this solution does not address the root of the problem. The concrete itself is not an issue. The soil supporting the concrete slab is the true problem. If you decide to replace new concrete on the same troublesome soil, you can expect to endure the same problems and issues as with the first concrete slab.
PolyLevel goes straight to the source of your problem!
New concrete will differ in color against your original concrete. This does not make for a very attractive property. Another inconvenience is the cure time for new concrete. You will not be able to drive or walk on your new concrete for several days or weeks until it is completely hard and solid.
PolyLevel makes is so you can drive and walk on your concrete much quicker! Call or contact Aquaguard Foundation Solutions for a free evaluation of your concrete slab repair needs.