As a homeowner, you understand the importance of maintenance. With so much going on in the inside, it's easy to overlook the exterior of your home, especially your concrete patio. Concrete is designed to last for a long time, but there does come a point when replacement should be considered. If you've had your concrete patio for some time, here are just two indications that a replacement might be necessary.
One of the first signs you can look for is pitting. Pitting is basically an area of concrete that has started to flake, break up or somewhat crumble. If you notice this, consider this as an immediate cause for concern. Pitting can occur for a number of different reasons; however, this problem is commonly the result of environmental stresses or poor installation. In the beginning, pitting generally only shows up in one area of the concrete.
This often gives homeowners a false sense that the problem is only affecting one particular area. This in turn makes them think that a patch is a sufficient solution. However, in reality, the problem is actually affecting other areas, and it's only a matter of time before the problem starts to surface in these other areas. The best solution is to completely replace the concrete patio, as these pitted areas will eventually weaken and cause sinking, which will only cause greater issues.
Another indication that it may be time to consider replacing your concrete patio is cracking. In order to determine if this is the case, you generally need to examine the crack. For example, a single crack in an area where you may have accidentally damaged the surface, such as placing an object that was too heavy on it, might not require a replacement and may be resolved with a patch.
However, if the surface is cracking in multiple areas and the cracks are deep, it's time to replace. One of the primary reasons for a multiple or deep cracks is a problem with the control joints. Control joints help support the concrete and somewhat keep it in place. When they aren't installed correctly, they can shift over time. This shifting causes the concrete to crack. Until the joints are repaired, the problem will continue so a replacement is the only solution.
If your concrete patio is showing a sign that replacement is necessary, make sure you reach out to a professional. The longer you put off replacement, the greater the damage.
For more information, contact Pristine Concrete or a similar company.