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Concrete Repair Basics
What is exactly concrete repair?
Concrete is such a versatile substance. It can be used for driveways, patios, porches, garages, flooring and walls. But it does tend to be susceptible to damage over the years. There are many different types of concrete repair that can be performed to help prolong the life of the concrete or give it a much-needed face-lift. A fairly competent DIY enthusiast may perform some of the smaller concrete repairs. However, a professional should do more major or large scale types of concrete repair.
Just as the uses for concrete vary greatly, so do the types of concrete repairs that can be performed. The complexity of the work and the amount of labor required also affect the cost of the concrete repairs. There are also different grades of concrete that can be used and types of resin or setting agent. If you want the best concrete repairs, you are going to have to research exactly what is involved. The mix of the concrete used for any repair varies according to the temperature and climatic conditions, especially if the work is being performed outside. A stronger mix is used in colder weather.
A completely new concrete driveway can cost approximately $40 per square meter. However, if this is being performed as a last resort
Of course, replacing an entire driveway or garage floor is the last resort. There are various types of concrete repairs including restoration, reinforcement, finishing and maintenance. You also have the option of adding fancy styles to your concrete but this does not really come under the heading of a repair. Cleaning and preparing the area is part of most concrete repairs. This can be performed with a variety of chemicals or organic compounds. It is important to check with the contractor if you have particular concerns about what is used during the concrete repair process.
The length of time that concrete repairs take will obviously vary according to the complexity of the job. However, there are a few basic guideline time frames that you need to be aware of before you book your major concrete repairs. Even with some of the fastest drying concrete mixes, it can be a while before your concrete repair has set properly. Don’t expect to be able to drive on your newly refurbished driveway immediately. It can take 24-48 hours before you can walk on the area that has had the concrete repairs and a lengthy 6 days before your car can be driven onto it. Ensure that you have made alternative arrangements to park your truck as it could be up to 48 days after the concrete repairs were finished before you can bring your big rig onto it.
By Daniel Roshard
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