Although concrete is an exceptionally durable material, it can still incur damage. From cracks and chips to uneven slabs, you may be wondering whether it’s worth the repair, or whether you should just rip it out and replace the entire slab. Though it may sound easier, replacement always costs more — in both time and money — to do; concrete raising is often the better choice. Let’s find out why.
- It’s more affordable. Concrete slabs need to be utterly destroyed before they can be replaced. This means that a crew must be hired to demolish, remove, and discard the old pieces before moving on to stabilize the foundation below and, finally, repour and let cure the new cement. As you can guess, this process takes a lot of time, manpower, and materials — all of which you’ll be forced to foot the bill for. Additionally, new concrete takes two to seven days before it can be walked upon; raised concrete can be used immediately. By relying on concrete raising, you can lower your overall costs and save a remarkable amount of time.
- It has a minimal impact on the surroundings. Large and heavy equipment is often required to demolish and repour the slab. If work is being performed in your place of business (such as a warehouse or a factory), this can disrupt your daily operations and potential harm the landscape surrounding the slab. Conversely, concrete leveling equipment is parked offsite, and can get to hard-to-reach places without changing your busy schedule; you don’t work around the crew, they work around you.
- It is safer. If the work is being performed in a commercial building, concrete replacement creates a lot of time for employees, tenants, and any passersby to fall subject to injury. Because the concrete leveling process is so quick (generally between two to three hours, depending on the severity of the problem), these people — yourself included — the risk of injury is greatly reduced.
Concrete raising (originally known as slab jacking or mud jacking) can turn a multi-day replacement job into a lazy afternoon. When you compare the resources and risks, there is simply no competition: whether you’re looking to raise the garage floor or fix the sidewalk in front of your office building, concrete leveling is the only way to go.