Concrete leveling, often called slab jacking or mudjacking, is used to repair uneven or sunken concrete surfaces. Traditionally, this involved injecting a slurry of cement, soil and water beneath the concrete to lift and level it. However, in recent years, polymer foam has emerged as a superior alternative for concrete leveling. Polymer foam, typically made from polyurethane or polyurea, offers several advantages over traditional methods, including the following benefits.
1. Lightweight Material
One of the primary advantages of polymer foam is its lightweight nature. Polymer foam is much lighter than traditional concrete leveling methods that require heavy equipment and machinery. This means less stress on the underlying soil and reduced risk of further settlement. The lightweight properties of polymer foam make it an excellent choice for both residential and commercial applications, where minimizing disruption to the surrounding area is essential.
2. High Load-Bearing Capacity
Polymer foam is exceptionally strong and has an impressive load-bearing capacity. Once injected beneath the concrete, it expands and hardens to provide exceptional support. This makes it suitable for stabilizing a wide range of concrete surfaces, including driveways, sidewalks, patios, and even industrial flooring. The high load-bearing capacity of polymer foam ensures that the repaired concrete remains stable and durable.
3. Quick Cure Time
Traditional concrete leveling methods often involve lengthy cure times, during which the repaired surface cannot be used. In contrast, polymer foam has a rapid cure time. It can harden within minutes, allowing the repaired concrete to be used almost immediately. This quick turnaround minimizes downtime and inconvenience for homeowners and businesses.
4. Precision and Accuracy
Polymer foam allows for precise and accurate leveling. Our technicians at Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling can control the injection process to lift the concrete to the desired height with exceptional accuracy. This level of precision ensures that the repaired surface is even and consistent, eliminating trip hazards and improving aesthetics.
5. Water and Chemical Resistance
Polymer foam is highly resistant to water and chemicals. Once cured, it won’t erode or degrade when exposed to moisture or common chemicals. This resistance makes it ideal for outdoor applications where the repaired concrete may be subjected to rain or other elements.
6. Long-Lasting Results
The durability of polymer foam ensures long-lasting results. Once the foam has expanded and hardened, it provides stable support that can withstand heavy loads and the test of time. Homeowners and property managers can expect minimal maintenance and a prolonged life span for the repaired concrete.
Polymer foam is a versatile solution for concrete leveling. It can be used on a wide range of surfaces, including concrete slabs, steps, pool decks, sidewalks and more. Its adaptability makes it suitable for various residential, commercial, and industrial applications.
8. Environmentally Friendly
Polymer foam is an environmentally friendly choice for concrete leveling. Its minimal disruption reduces the need for extensive excavation and transportation of materials. Additionally, its durability and resistance to degradation mean that it can contribute to the sustainability of concrete structures by minimizing the need for frequent repairs and replacements.
Polymer foam offers numerous advantages for concrete leveling compared to traditional methods. Its lightweight nature, high load-bearing capacity, quick cure time, precision, and minimal disruption make it a preferred choice for repairing uneven or sunken concrete surfaces. Whether for residential, commercial, or industrial applications, polymer foam injections from Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling provide durable and long-lasting results, ensuring the stability and safety of concrete structures. We serve the greater Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA, area – call us for a free quote on your next concrete leveling project.Posted on Behalf of Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling