This winter has been extraordinarily wintery for Kansas City. Aside from the ice, snow and sleet, the temperatures have been below freezing an abnormally longer amount of time than normal. This is the perfect mixture for driveway concrete sinking and cracking. Needless to say, if you have existing cracks in your concrete and as the Kansas City weather brings ice that makes for a challenging combination. A correlation happens when wet weather seeps into the concrete cracks, the water then freezes and the concrete cracks grow bigger and bigger, becoming trip hazards.
The cracking of your driveway concrete doesn’t necessarily happen overnight. The process is gradual, but can worsen quickly in winter due to the concrete expanding and shrinking with the changes in moisture and temperature. When water turns to ice, it can expand almost 10% more in volume than its liquid amount. In the concrete industry, that is a significant change and can cause significant problems.
It’s important to consult with a knowledgable concrete repair or concrete lifting company because not all utilize the most effective means of lifting – polyjacking. Although some people still refer to the process as mudjacking, a company similar to PolyMagic uses an advanced and state of the art process called polyjacking. The process uses polyurethane injections, which are much lighter than the grout mixture used in mudjacking, and the holes drilled are a nearly invisible 5/8 inch hole!
The American Concrete Institute addresses concrete cracking: “Even with the best floor designs and proper construction, it is unrealistic to expect crack-free and curl-free floors. Consequently, every owner should be advised by both the designer and contractor that it is normal to expect some amount of cracking and curling on every project, and that such an occurrence does not necessarily reflect adversely on either the adequacy of the floor’s design or the quality of its construction.”
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!