Concrete slabs such as those used in businesses are under a constant onslaught of wear, tear, and weather. Granted, concrete is one of the more durable construction materials you can choose, but it is not indestructible. Under normal conditions, concrete will last about 30 years.
After that, you may have to make some repairs or replace the slab. Additionally, accidents, improper installation, or abnormal wear and tear may shorten the life of your concrete, which will require earlier intervention. But how do you know when you can repair the damaged concrete versus when you must replace it?
When Is It Time To Replace Rather Than Repair Damaged Concrete?
Fortunately, you can fix many concrete problems, including chips, cracks, and normal signs of wear as long as the damage is not advanced. Similarly, flakes and discoloration are often minor problems that you can address with a repair rather than a replacement.
For example, concrete professionals can repair shallow pitting and flake with an application of resurfacer. They can likewise fix minor cracks by filling them and applying a surface coat to restore the former beauty of the slab. This will also help with any uneven spots and imperfections.
Concrete Issues That Call for Replacement
Not all damage is reparable. 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.
- More Material: If you need to replace more than two inches of material.
- 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.
- Improper Installation: If the concrete was installed improperly.
- Cost Concerns: If the cost of repair rivals or equals the cost of replacement.
Also, important to note is the safety of your customers and employees. Any cracks, heaves, or holes can pose a trip hazard.
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