Concrete’s number one enemy is the weather. Temperature changes can cause concrete to expand and contract. In warm weather, concrete expands, and when it cools, it shrinks. When concrete contracts, the joints, and cracks widen, collecting pebbles, sand, and other debris. And then, once it gets warm and the concrete expands, it grows in size. When it rains, concrete’s pores absorb every ounce of water. And when the sun comes out, the water evaporates. This constant absorption and evaporation cycle causes spider-cracking at the concrete’s surface.
In some cases, the concrete is too far gone to repair and must, therefore, be replaced. If the following is true, your slab will more than likely need to be replaced:
- Old Age: If your slab is close to 30 years of age and is near the end of its life.
- Exposed Aggregate: If chips or flakes are deep enough to expose the aggregate and the damage is too severe to repair.
- Deep Cracks: If cracks are deep enough to compromise the structural integrity of the slab or the base needs to be restored.
- Deteriorated Base: If the base is compromised or deteriorating.
This residential Bergen County property’s concrete step and patio/porch concrete slab fitted the above criteria meriting replacement thereof and is an example of the quality workmanship of James Kurpiel Inc. of Hackensack New Jersey.
19 Orchard Street – Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
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