As the Midwest weather begins to change in preparation of colder temperatures, PolyMagic continues to see the correlation between cold weather and concrete repairs. Homes, apartment complexes, buildings, and businesses have concrete surfaces that are exposed to all weather elements, specifically cold weather. The exposure of varying temperatures and moisture can cause additional concrete cracking from frozen water expanding the pores of the concrete. As a result of the cyclical freezing and thawing of the rain, snow, and sleet rupturing concrete is very common in the Kansas City area.
Another factor to consider when looking at Cold Weather and Concrete Repairs is that Midwestern winters can bring ice, which is commonly combated with de-icing chemicals. The chemicals can cause concrete to flake and break off into chunks. The concrete crumbling can worsen uneven concrete and tripping hazards. Many areas of Kansas City homes and businesses can be affected by the settlement and shifting, including driveways, sidewalks, garage floors, steps, basements, pool slabs, foundation slabs, and more.
There are many concrete repair companies within the Kansas City area, but not all specialize in polyjacking ,which is a process of injecting high-density polyurethane foam into the concrete. This is a more cost-effective solution compared to mudjacking, and can have many additional benefits. Continue reading about the main differences in mudjacking vs polyjacking. Polyjacking, or poly leveling, is the most effective form of concrete repair. The key to polyjacking is to do your research on companies that are reputable, honest, and experienced.
PolyMagic has several reasons they recommend poly leveling as the most effective method of lifting. The first reason is that the polyurethane machine only needs to very small area to drill a hole into and get the job done. PolyMagic’s polyurethane foam method uses the concrete slab as a means of delivering poly foams that raise concrete, fill voids, and stabilize soils. A 5/8” hole is strategically drilled through the slab into the subgrade. Then, a tapered delivery port is installed into the hole. The injection gun is connected to the port, releasing polyurethane material through the port and slab. Expansion of the material occurs within seconds, raising the concrete.
The second reason that utilizing poly is an effective way to lift concrete slab floors is the clean work area. The poly holes are very small, and the mess is very minimal. The last thing you want inside of your home is a huge mud trail and equipment needed to perform mudjacking. This is not the ideal situation for an in-home project, and some mudjacking companies even refuse to complete work inside of a residence because of the mess. The poly leveling allows experienced companies to come into your home, and even in the tightest areas, perform the lift needed without the heavy equipment, dust/debris, or multiple-person crews running in and out of your house. At PolyMagic, our experienced technician drills a few penny-size holes through the sunken slab in each of the affected rooms. He then pulls in a hose from a box truck parked in the driveway of the home, and injects the polyurethane solution. The solution spreads under the slab until it begins to expand. The foam gradually raises the slab to its original level position.
The third reason for utilizing poly as an effective way to lift concrete slab floors is cost effectiveness, and time, which essentially go hand and hand. Utilizing polyjacking, instead of concrete repair, in the slab floor situations saves thousands and thousands of dollars in in-home instances. After the poly leveling is complete, the surface is able to be used/walked on. Read the additional benefits of polyjacking.
PolyMagic will provide a stable and accurate solution to your concrete repair needs around the Kansas City, NE Kansas, and central Missouri areas. The PolyMagic team is experienced, knowledgeable, and solutions-based, and wants to respect your time. A new quoting tool was implemented on the PolyMagic website, https://www.polymagic.net/request-a-quote/, that allows you to upload pictures of your project so our team can provide an accurate estimate within a timely manner, all while allowing you to proceed with your daily routine!