Safety, liability, appearance, property value, building codes: these are the top five reasons you should repair your concrete. As a homeowner you work hard at maintaining and protecting what is, in most cases, your largest single investment: your home and property. Time is spent researching various home maintenance items like window replacement, lawn care, gutters, irrigation, concrete repair, or garage storage. Every homeowner knows there are important reasons for maintaining your home, but what about your concrete? Sidewalks, steps, porches, driveways, patios, and pool decks all represent very permanent and costly parts of your property made up of concrete that all require maintenance. Concrete cracks, sidewalks settle, driveways erode, pool patios sink, and porches crumble. When homeowners are left with concrete conditions like these, a cost effective concrete repair is in order. Here are the top five reasons to repair you concrete:
- Safety The safety of family, friends, and visitors should be of utmost importance to any homeowner. Don’t risk a guest tripping on steps in poor shape or a child tumbling off a bike in the driveway because of uneven joints in the concrete; get these repaired before it’s too late.
- Liability Why increase your risk of a costly trip-and-fall lawsuit due to an uneven sidewalk hazard or broken front step? A concrete repair contractor charges far less than a lawyer!
- Appearance The first impression of a sharp looking driveway, clean even steps, or an overlaid porch can really give your home that well-maintained look.
- Property Value Repairing a crumbling step or sealing up a cracked driveway can help maintain the overall investment value of your home. Research shows that when selling a home, well-maintained properties have a higher resale value. In real estate transactions, the seller typically receives a high return of investment from maintenance and repairs.
- Building Codes Did you know that step height is one of the most common ways homes violate building codes? It’s common for front steps to sink, causing the steps of a porch to be out of code. A simple repair through concrete raising can remedy this condition.
In many cases a small, cost-effective concrete repair, such as concrete raising or caulking, could save you from a costly lawsuit, leave you with a trip-free sidewalk, and improve the appearance and building code compliance of your home-all while maintaining or increasing your property value. Concrete repairs such as concrete raising and sealing of cracks and joints are well worth the investment.
Jeff French (article author) is Division Manager of Kent Concrete Raising, which offers free no-obligation estimates. Call us at (616) 214-3261 today!