As a commercial building owner, you have to stay on top of routine building maintenance, especially when it comes to your concrete flooring. In addition to keeping your employees and customers safe, this prevents damage to your property and helps you avoid excessive repair and replacement costs. Below is a comprehensive overview of how concrete cracks form and what you can do to avoid them.
What Causes Cracks in Concrete?
Weather is one of the main causes of cracks in concrete flooring. High temperatures, such as exposure to the sun, can cause the concrete material to expand and retract, which leads to cracks. Issues during the installation process might also lead to cracking later on. For instance, if there’s too much water added to the concrete mix, this weakens the end product and creates shrinkage, which leaves it susceptible to cracking.
How to Prevent Concrete Cracks
Hire a contractor to install the concrete flooring rather than attempt the installation yourself. A professional will use the correct water to cement ratio to ensure that shrinkage won’t occur. Applying a coating to the joints of the concrete will also help combat shrinkage and prevent water or moisture from penetrating the surface. Sealants can also be used to fill small cracks and prevent them from growing.
When to Seek Repair
You should perform regular inspections of your concrete flooring. If you find even tiny cracks appearing on the surface, call a contractor to repair the issue using a professional-grade sealant. However, if there are long, deep cracks in multiple places on your flooring, you may benefit more from a full replacement.
When it’s time to hire a professional to coat your concrete flooring, turn to the team at McCord Contractors. For the past 30 years, this locally owned and operated company has specialized in quality commercial and industrial flooring and paint services to clients throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. They’re known for their impeccable craftsmanship and friendly customer service. Give them a call today at (252) 321-2009 to schedule an appointment or visit them online to view their project gallery.