Concrete pavement repair costs may shock you if that’s you. Concrete walkways are often seen in perfect condition, paved with recycled concrete. This is not the case in most urban areas. Pavement accounts for a large part of the cost of maintaining urban areas. Concrete pavement repair can be quite costly if left unattended.
This is evident in U.S. Route 52, also known as Rivers Ave. in South Carolina. General Electric made the roadway, which was made from concrete, asphalt and concrete pavers. It was then remodeled in 1954 by T&R Rebuilders. However, the road’s surfaces began to deteriorate and became dangerously unsafe by the end o th of that decade. By the late 1960s, the road was deemed too dangerous for travel. By then, however, the existing concrete pavement was no longer repairable by standard diamond grinding or other concrete pavement repair techniques.
The road had fallen into disrepair and required extensive upkeep by the time it was re-modelled. Despite the strong roads in the Carolinas and Georgia, many areas were still required to be paved with low-quality pavement. Contractors were able to install thicker concrete pavements, which resulted in more extensive repairs.
Fortunately, there are options available for repairing even the oldest, most deteriorated concrete in the world. The two most commonly used methods today are diamond grinding and intense chemical treatments (ICRT). Diamond grinding is the process of grinding very coarse sand particles together to form a smooth flat surface. After the grinding process has been completed, you will need to use high pressure hot water and then apply a thin coat of asphalt to the diamond-grinded area. This coating protects concrete from further deterioration and helps to keep the pavement flat.
Diamond grinding is a traditional method of repairing concrete pavements. However, modern diamond-grinding processes are better because they seal concrete. Modern diamond-grinding techniques apply an electrochemical cleaning agent directly on concrete before grinding. This ensures concrete is cleaned from the inside, but also protects concrete’s outer surface from rain, snow, or ice. Concrete pavement made with asphalt can last up to 20 years, if it has not been damaged.
Asphalt must be re-pointed every six to twelve years. During this time, asphalt must be regularly replaced in order to maintain its smooth and flat appearance. You should plan the process and layout before you attempt to repair your concrete pavement. Also, ensure there are no underground problems or issues that could cause damage during the actual treatment. For example, if your asphalt has sunk, you may need to dig some additional holes to place decorative retaining materials in order to properly position your new paved surface.
Before you begin concrete pavement repair, you should thoroughly wash out all of the areas that contact the repaired area. This will reduce the possibility of chemical reactions between the concrete and the new-reedged area. After cleaning the area you will need to prepare the new surfaces. This includes applying a sealer to all joints and pores in the newly-reedged area as well as spreading a layer of organic sealer over the entire area. You will be able to provide additional protection against future stains as well as reducing the cost of your concrete pavement repair project.
Concrete pavement repair can be a simple project, but it requires planning and diligence. You might be able to do the job yourself if your skills are in DIY home repairs. However, if not, a professional concrete company can help you get the job done right. Asphalt and concrete pavement repair do not have to be a daunting or expensive project, as long as you take the proper precautions before beginning.