Despite extreme strength, cracked and sunken concrete floors are a common problem that arises from improper maintenance. So, when you’re in this situation and have to decide whether to repair or replace your concrete, consider this:
1. Constant Inspection
Regular inspection of your concrete floors can help you make the best decision by making you aware of what areas need work, and how much wear and tear your floors have sustained. Examine your floors for any cracking, sinking, discoloration and anything that might seem out of the ordinary. This way, you can better inform the contractor of any problems they might need to address during their visit, if the need arises. Constant inspection not only keeps you aware of your concrete flooring but also prevents any concrete replacement instead of repairs.
2. Severity of the Damage
While regular inspection of your concrete floors will save you time, sometimes the greater damage requires immediate attention. If you notice large cracks in many places on your concrete, there might be an issue with the foundation underneath the concrete floor. In this case, repairing the concrete will be to no avail as it will continue to sustain wear and tear due to the weak foundation. Therefore, replacing the concrete and remedying the worn-out base will be your best option. However, do this for the large cracks only. If the smaller cracks can get away with some repairing, there’s no need to tear the entire concrete floor out.
3. Cost of the Repair/Replacement
Another factor that can help you decide whether you need to repair or replace your concrete is money. Repairing concrete floors in Vancouver is comparatively cheaper than replacing it, so for wallet-friendly options, repairing might be the way to go. However, cost should not be the only deciding factor, as concrete floor repairs are a temporary solution to a potential future problem. While you may be able to fix the smaller issues with repairs, larger issues like a weak base will prove to be problematic in the long term if not properly addressed with concrete replacement. Even though replacing the concrete may be more costly, you’ll be saving more money in the long term.
4. Make the Call
Despite the efforts one can make on their part, it is not always easy to understand what your concrete floors need, and whether that is repairing or replacing. So, make the call. Let the experts do what they do best and guide you to what you and your concrete floors might need. By keeping some of the aforementioned factors in mind, you can plan out a list of the problems you see and might need to get addressed, no matter how minimal they may be.