As a business owner you realize that broken and decaying concrete joints are a safety issue that can put your company at risk for major liability issues.
This article will help you find out if the joints in your building are in need of repair and what you can do to prevent future damage.
Why Do Concrete Joints Become Damaged?
During the first stages of settling, concrete tends to shrink in volume. This can cause surfaces to become unstable and cracks to form around the building’s most structurally weak areas — most notably the joints.
The cracks that form on these joints, if ignored, can lead to further structural weakness, and eventually to crumbling concrete.
Cracks that form in the joints of your concrete structure can lead to a number of problems if left untreated, including:
- Moisture penetration
- Concrete expansion
- Structural failure
If problems such as those listed above begin to occur, your business may be responsible for the added expense of a complete concrete joint project.How To Tell When It’s Time to Repair The Structure’s Joints?
It is very easy to tell if the joints of your company’s concrete building are in need of repair.
Most structures made of concrete will develop a number of hairline fractures over time. However, if you notice large cracks beginning to form on a regular basis near your building’s joints, it might be time to speak with a concrete contractor about having those joints evaluated.
How Concrete Joints Are Repaired
The four steps that must be followed to repair joint damage include:
- Determine the source of the cracks: Before the joints can be repaired, the cause of the cracks must first be determined in order to figure out the best repair strategy.
- Select the appropriate repair material: Choose the repair material that is best suited to fit the building’s daily functions.
- Prepare the joint: To get a quality repair, make sure the concrete joint is defined and cleaned before it is filled.
- The repair is flush with the floor: To avoid future repairs, cracks should be filled a little higher than the floor and sanded flush to the surface.
Prevent Future Joint DamageTo prevent future joint damage to your building’, ask your concrete specialist to use a semi-rigid joint sealant during the repair process. This type of sealant will provide the building’s structure with the flexibility it needs to handle daily wear and tear.
How Much Will the Repairs Cost?
The cost of concrete joint repairs with early notification will be relatively inexpensive. However, if cracks have been allowed to age to the point that simply sealing them is no longer an option, the cost will be higher.
Can I Fix Concrete Joints Myself?
Repairing concrete joints on your own is a very difficult task. You need to be sure that your repairs will last for a long time. If not repaired correctly the first time, the joint may not give your building the flexibility it needs, which can lead to additional problems that often require much more expensive repairs.
Concrete joint repair should be completed by an experienced concrete specialist who can ensure that the job will be completed in a professional manner and who will also provide a warranty with the work in case you experience future problems.
With many years experience in business I have found it necessary to have your building’s structure checked for things like joint cracking and concrete wall repair.
If you need to have concrete restoration performed on your building it is very important to contact a concrete repair contractor, or specialist in the area of concrete repair. You will be glad you did!