Concrete demolition vs. concrete leveling: Considerations for cost and effectiveness
Unlevel concrete slabs pose a tripping hazard to your family and a drainage problem for your home.
Midwest soils are known to be expansive, meaning that they expand during wet seasons and contract during dry seasons. This can cause your driveway’s concrete slabs—or any other concrete slabs—to heave, settle unevenly and crack.
Although uneven concrete settlement is a common problem throughout the Midwest, itis not a cheap fix—at least by means traditional repair methods. The traditional method of repairing cracking and uneven concrete slabs—concrete removal and replacement—is very expensive.
With recent advances, though, there are more cost-effective, longer-lasting and less invasive means of repairing your driveway. At Helitech Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, wecanlevel your driveway concrete, porch, patio or any other concrete slabs for about a third the cost of traditional methods. We have several methods of lifting up the sinking part of the slab soitsits flush with the other slabs to promote proper drainage and remove tripping hazards.
And we offer free consultations to homeowners like you, so you can know exactly what work will go into your concrete leveling project and how much it will cost.
Uneven concrete slabs on your driveway are a tripping hazard and a drainage problem.
Call the concrete leveling experts today.
Cost-effective alternatives to concrete demolition, removal and replacement
Because uneven concrete driveway slabs can cause such a drainage issue, such as directing water back toward your home, it’s important to catch the problem early.If you notice water pooling ina strange area, or slabs are uneven enough to cause your family members to trip, it’s likely time to call us. Another common sign of concrete settlement are cracks—if you spot cracks that are 1/4″ wide or bigger, give us a call.
We’ll get your driveway back into shape for about a 1/3 the price of traditional concrete demolition contractors.
- Traditional mudjacking
Here’s how traditional mudjacking works. We drill small holes about 1 5/8″ in diameter. Then, using a hydraulic pressure system, we pump a grout compound—composed ofPortland cement, aggregate, and water—underneath your sinking slab until it sits flush with all adjoining slabs. It’s an uninvasive, cost-effective and quick method of restoring the function of your driveway.To read more about our residential mudjacking services, click here.
- Polyurethane concrete leveling
The polyurethane concrete leveling process is almost identical to traditional mudjacking, but we use an expanding polyurethane resin around the perimeter of the slab. We drill small holes around the outside of the slab and insert polyurethane resin underneath the slab, where it expands to the desired height. Then, the core holes are patched with concrete.The main difference between the two methods is that fewer and smaller holes are required during the polyurethane concrete leveling process.To learn more about our residential polyurethane concrete leveling services, click here.
We’ll give you, the homeowner, a free quote for your concrete leveling.
We’ll get back to you with a cost-effective solution.