This is the second of 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors, which can also be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.
Concrete is an excellent building material, but it is not perfect. Every commercial building or condominium in Southwest Florida has some sort of concrete structure in place.
From the foundation slab, to walls, plaza deck, stem walls, seawalls, sidewalks, and much more, you don’t have to look very far to find concrete in south Florida.
Unfortunately, you also don’t have to look far to find concrete that is in need of REpair. There are several common problems in concrete that may jeopardize its integrity or, at the very least, make it cosmetically unappealing. Here are just a few:
Surface spalling is when the surface of hardened concrete breaks off due to the rebar being placed too close to the surface of the concrete topping.
This one is pretty obvious. Cracking is when breaks occur in areas of concrete, other than those placed intentionally. Almost everyone has cracks in their concrete.
Because there are so many elements that may cause concrete to crack, it is often impossible to know the exact cause. However, the most common cause is settlement.
The good news…cracks seldom result in major structural problems if they are REpaired in a timely manner.
Dusting is the presence of a powdery material at the surface of a hardened slab. A concrete floor dusts under traffic because the wearing surface is weak. This weakness can be caused by the finishing operation performed over bleed water on the surface.
A popout is a cone shaped fragment that breaks out of the surface of concrete. Popouts are generally considered a cosmetic flaw, and do not usually affect the service life of the concrete.
So, if any of your concrete is in need of maintenance, REpair, or REplacement in Naples…REmember, we are only a phone call away!
In our next article, we’ll be discussing how REstoration of your walls, decks, and expansion joints can completely REjuvinate the look of your building. But if you’re not keen on waiting another couple of weeks, simply download our free eBook The 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors. →
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