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Concrete is a sturdy material that is perfect for garage floors, porches, stairs, patios, sidewalks or driveways on your property. However, summer brings on several weather elements that can cause damage to your concrete surfaces, so knowing these 4 ways to care for concrete in summer can help you.
The Kansas City summers range in such extreme cases of humidity, rain, very hot temperatures that both homeowners and business owners have to deal with the end results. The results with concrete can be new cracks or existing cracks widening. Concrete typically has the most issues in cold winter weather, during the freeze/thaw cycle, but the warm temperatures and humidity can have the same effects. Both of these extreme weather elements are relevant in the Kansas City area, and our team at PolyMagic is here to help you.
4 Ways to Care for Concrete in Summer
Way #1: New Concrete Projects
Ready to start a new project? Concrete flatwork services are available at PolyMagic and result in some amazing new living spaces around your home. This is one way to care for your concrete in summer… to expand it and create new projects.
Way #2: Check Cracks Regularly
As a homeowner and business owner, you should review your concrete cracks regularly. A crack will continue to widen and create uneven surfaces. Trip hazards can worsen quickly and cause you, as the homeowner or business owner, tens of thousands of dollars should anyone fall on them.
Before summer ramps up, take the time to have an expert come out to review the cracks. PolyMagic is a KC-based concrete repair company that specializes in polyjacking. This is the most efficient and effective form of lifting concrete out there. The team at PolyMagic offers free estimates and as our 80+ 5-star reviews show, the crew is honest, effective and quick.
Way #3: Concrete Cleaning
Just like the interior of your home or apartment building, cleaning should be prioritized to the exterior of your home as well. The concrete surfaces in the exterior include any of the following locations – sidewalks, driveways, garages, porches, patios, and stairs. An easy way to clean the concrete surfaces is to use a pressure washer, spray down the concrete to remove built-up dirt. Then, use a mixture of water and mild detergent to scrub down the entire surface using a scrub brush. After the mixture, do a final rinse of the concrete.
Way #4: Weekly Maintenance
A little shade cast on your concrete can go a long way when the sun is hot and the temperatures are rising. Direct sunlight can cause concrete to get extremely hot and develop cracks, but it can also cause stained concrete to fade over time. PolyMagic can help you mitigate the need to replace the concrete by filling and lifting by using the method of polyjacking.
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The Kansas City winter is now in full swing! The thaw and freeze cycle continues… 50º one day, 10º and ice/snow the next. This is definitely the perfect mix of worsening cracks in commercial and residential concrete surfaces, specifically driveways, sidewalks, stairs, garage approaches, and porches. Let’s explore 3 Tips for Reducing Damage to Driveway Cracking.
While concrete may seem like a dense material, it is actually quite porous. Similar to KC’s weather, snow and ice are frequently hitting your driveway, melting and thawing over and over…. the water from this cycle seeps down inside the concrete surface.
Consequently, when the temperature drops below freezing, the said water that seeps down inside the concrete surface freezes, causing the concrete to expand. The stress this process causes will eventually worsen and causing hazardous uneven concrete surfaces.
To prevent driveway damage this winter to worsen follow these expert Tips for Reducing Damage to Driveway Cracking:
Tip #1: Shovel, shovel, and shovel!
Over the past month, KC has seen its share of snow, so we’re all probably used to getting out the snow shovel. It’s important to get the entire driveway, not just a pathway to the front door, or two tire paths. Any snow left on the concrete driveway will eventually melt and seep into the concrete, as discussed above.
Each time it snows, take the extra time to clear away the snow from the entire driveway. This will allow for less damage on your concrete driveway. If cracks are already present, it will reduce the worsening stage; and if you haven’t seen cracks yet, this will help prevent them. Another helpful shoveling tip… be sure to always use a plastic shovel, as a metal snow shovel can scratch and your driveway, especially when the temperatures dip below 30º.
Tip 2: Avoid Using Deicing Salts on Driveways
Yep, we all see the snow plows dropping tons of deicing salt each time the weather channel murmurs the word snow, however you should not follow this same protocol on your driveway. Obviously deicers work for the purpose of public roadways and parking lots, as they turn ice into slush which is easier to remove. However the salty slush water produced by a deicer can actually cause more harm to the concrete.
The quick reaction time of melting the ice with deicing salts gives water more of an opportunity to infiltrate the concrete. Plus, since salt attracts water, using a deicer can cause your driveway to become even more saturated than it would otherwise be. You have other options for deicing, including:
- Spreading sand or fine gravel on your driveway won’t melt the snow or ice, but it will help provide traction and halt the water from seeping into the concrete. This is an easy and relatively inexpensive alternative to deicer salt.
- Protecting your driveway with a salt-resistant sealer. Sealers are a solid solution because they prevent further damage to your concrete by minimizing the amount of water that can seep into the surface after the snow and ice melt. There are several options for this even at your local hardware store. Here’s an option from Home Depot…
Tip #3: Repair Uneven and Cracking Concrete
There are times when the damage to your concrete is already causing trip hazards, so the final tip is repairing the cracks. Just how can you find the right concrete repair company within the KC area? PolyMagic has over 70 5-star reviews for their polyjacking services. See additional information on the difference in mudjacking and polyjacking and know how PolyMagic can help you!
When considering companies to repair your uneven concrete, it’s important to be aware of the lingo. Do you know the difference between mudjacking and the newest and most efficient process on the market – polyjacking? It’s important to at least know the basics so you can better interact with your potential concrete repair company. Companies like PolyMagic take the time to actually speak with you and explain the process that will best suit your needs. They respect your time and will only offer the best solution. Let’s check out the Top 3 Reasons Why Polyjacking is Most Effective:
#1: Cost Effective – Concrete raising is typically about 33% less than replacing the same concrete. Ultimately, the cost of raising or stabilizing concrete is a direct reflection of how much leveling material the project will require. The experienced team at PolyMagic is equipped to offer a free estimate and walk you through each step of the process for the most cost effective solution that fits your needs.
#2: Time – Polyjacking has very little ‘rest’ time compared to other processes, such as mudjacking. You will experience little to no down time. This is great for the high traffic areas around your house – concrete stairs, driveway, sidewalks, porches, and patios. Less of a construction site to deal with around your house!
#3: Lightweight – The polyurethane mixture will never lose density. It is permanent and weighs only about 2 pounds per cubic foot. Compared to traditional mudjacking that weighs about 100 pounds per cubic foot.
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Do you have uneven concrete issues? Trip hazards? Let the experts at PolyMagic, KC’s leading polyjacking and concrete lifting experts, help you out. This is something you want to get under control before the winter thaw and freeze cycle worsens the issues. Residential or commercial! Driveways, stairs, porches, basement slabs, pool slabs, sidewalks, and more! Click below to watch the latest video from PolyMagic!
What makes PolyMagic different from other concrete repair companies? We take the time to listen to your needs and create a specific solution to your problems. Nothing is ever one size fits all, which is why PolyMagic has such a trusting relationship with our customers.
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Over 50 5-star reviews…. PolyMagic is doing something right! We are different from other concrete lifting/raising companies. We take the time to focus on the customer, find the most effective and efficient solution, and explain the process to each customer. Many customers are familiar with mudjacking, so when we explain our process of polyjacking (also called polylifting, polyleveling), customers are ready to see the results! PolyMagic services the greater KC area (radius of 45 miles from downtown KC), and focuses on sidewalks, driveways, stairs, basement slabs, pool slabs, garage approaches, porches, patios, and commercial areas.
From uneven sidewalks to garage trip hazards, PolyMagic has seen it all across the Kansas City area. As a climate that experiences every season, Kansas City residential concrete areas need some TLC just as your lawn needs to be mowed. Check out some insight on how to tell when your concrete needs repair.
The most obvious sign is visual cracking. Cracks on your sidewalks, driveways, and garages can come from many factors, including the harsh winter freeze/thaw cycle, foundation issues, tree roots, and even heavy machinery or equipment. The crew at PolyMagic has decades of experience in construction and concrete repair within the Midwestern region.
Concrete sinking happens, and PolyMagic is here to create a solution using polyjacking. This technique involves injecting concrete material below the sunken concrete, raising it to the point where it is level again. When looking for a reputable company near you, you should do your homework. Take some time to pull up google reviews, get multiple quotes, and ask the company for references. These three elements of the homework phase will tell you a lot about your decision to proceed with the company.
A clear indication that your concrete needs repair is trip hazards. Repairing the driveway doesn’t need to be an elaborate process. PolyMagic even makes it so easy that you can simply upload a few project photos of your problem areas to the quoter form, and we’ll get back to you ASAP!
As we turn the page into another calendar year, PolyMagic would like to thank all of our loyal customers for another great year. As we traveled around the Kansas City area servicing both residential and commercial locations, we developed relationships with so many of our customers.
As we look into 2019, we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service and honesty out there. We encourage you to repair your uneven concrete with a company that is the highest google-rated company in the KC area.
Are you ready to start on a free quote? Our new quote process allows you to upload a picture of your uneven surface, so we can more accurately provide a quote, and save you time! Get started here!