Property managers who properly address concrete damage and make themselves aware of concrete-alternative options can avoid the drastic step of replacing concrete, saving both expense and downtime.
Spring is the time of year when we see the effects of winter’s harsh temperatures and freeze-and-thaw cycles on concrete surfaces. Pitted, spalling, lifted, uneven and cracked concrete are most common.
Determining “how” and “when” to intervene is key; not only to smartly manage your budget, but to also ensure the safety anyone stepping foot on your property.
Concrete alternatives can be stronger and less expensive
Property managers with deteriorated concrete whose objectives are to save money, minimize disruption to business operations, and leave a lasting impression – both aesthetically and performance-wise – should consider an epoxy-based concrete alternative. When the original concrete sub-base can be salvaged, which is often the case, resurfacing with an epoxy-based concrete alternative can be less expensive and cause much less downtime.
Epoxy-based materials differ from standard concrete in a few ways; a big one being strength. Standard concrete typically measures around 4,000-5,000 psi. The epoxy-based systems from Simon Surfaces harden and cure around 10,000 psi or more.
Epoxy-based materials also have superior compression strength and hardness; two practical factors that directly come into play as to how surfaces are used in commercial settings.
Why intervene at all?
Aesthetics naturally play a role. The condition of curbs and walkways around the building exterior are among the first things seen by visitors and prospective tenants. Not addressing concrete damage can create a negative first impression before someone ever sets foot inside the building.
Furthermore, when determining budget priorities, safety and OSHA compliance factors tend to move concrete repairs and resurfacing to the top of the list. Maintaining a safe environment and adhering to government regulations are paramount to any property manager’s role, so when cracks are deep enough to create a tripping hazard, concrete steps are crumbling at the edges, or there’s clear movement between concrete slabs, it’s time to take action.
When exploring options for addressing concrete damage, consult with a technician at Simon Surfaces to get a professional evaluation of your situation and receive a recommendation and show how we’ve done similar work at properties just like yours.