24 Sep 2015
September 24, 2015

Caulking your Concrete

September 24, 2015 0 Comment

After you have your concrete raised, you will need to have periodic maintenance on the cracks in your concrete. Caulking is the best solution out there for maintenance of cracks. Typically, we suggest caulking should be checked 2-3 times a year. However, there is no set rule for how many times it should be caulked.

The lifespan of caulking depends on the weather conditions. Elements such as heat and cold will expand and contract the caulking, which diminishes the lifespan of your caulking. Winters are typically the harshest on caulking so paying attention to your cracks after a harsh winter followed by a warm spring should be one of your priorities.

What are the benefits of caulking?

  • Preventing erosion underneath concrete slabs
  • Preventing cracking, expansion and contraction
  • Eliminates basement leaks and bowed walls
  • Eliminates grass and weeds from growing in seams in the concrete
  • An overall aesthetic appeal — a cracked sidewalk or driveway just doesn’t look attractive

Typically, the following are areas that you will need to caulk: windows, driveways, patios, garage floors, pool decks and walls, walkways and porches.

Man caulking windows, Concrete Raising Systems 7318 N Donnelly Ave. Kansas City,MO 64158Outside of the elements, a poorly caulked crack can also impact the lifespan of your caulking job. Having a professional apply your caulk is highly recommended. If you combine a poorly-executed caulking job with extreme temperature changes, you are more likely to have your caulking re-done more frequently.

Even worse, a combination of failed caulking with a company that doesn’t properly lift the concrete will result in a waste of money. There are a few concrete lifting companies out there who are recommending “preventive lifting” for your driveway. For our experts here at Concrete Raising Systems, it doesn’t make any sense to do ‘preventative lifting’ on a driveway. Furthermore, if a foam lifting company is using jacks or sandbags to try and even the concrete slab, in our opinion, they don’t have enough experience to repair your concrete. This is a sign that the company is still trying to figure out how to raise a concrete slab.

If you need your concrete lifted, call Concrete Raising Systems of Kansas City. We will evaluate your driveway, patios, garage floors, etc. to see if we can repair your concrete before you pay a lot more money to have it replaced. Don’t wait till the problem gets worse. Waiting can be more expensive. Call us at (816) 419-8306 or email us at info@lifeyourconcrete.com.

 

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