If you have a sunken concrete slab outside your residential or commercial property, it can be a safety concern, as well as negatively affect your property’s appearance. One of the easiest ways to fix this issue is concrete lifting. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the process.
A Guide to Concrete Lifting
What is concrete lifting?
There are two different varieties: mudjacking and polyurethane lifting. Mudjacking is completed by drilling small holes into the concrete, then pumping in a mixture of mortar and water. This exerts equal pressure on all of the areas of the concrete, raising it up.
Polyurethane concrete lifting is a newer technology and involves pumping polyurethane foam instead of mortar. It often takes less time than the alternative, is more cost-effective, and the injection holes are smaller and less noticeable.
How long does the process take?
Concrete lifting may only take a couple of hours. However, the specifics will vary depending on the sunken slab's size, where it’s located, and how much it’s settled. In most cases, none of the nearby landscaping needs to be disturbed to perform this process.
Why would I choose concrete raising over replacement?
Polyurethane lifting costs between one third and one half of the price of installing new concrete. Concrete lifting is also more discrete. Since it produces no waste, it’s more environmentally-friendly. The color of the concrete will remain consistent with nearby slabs as well, which improves your property's appearance.
How soon can I use my concrete?
Polyurethane-lifted concrete can be walked on almost immediately—though traditional mudjacking requires about a day to dry. If you put in new concrete, you will need to avoid the area for seven to 30 days.
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