Cracked concrete is typically unsightly in appearance, but did you ever think about the negative impression it can cast a on your business?
The safety hazards that can result cannot be ignored either. It doesn’t take much for a hairline crack left untreated to expand over time to the point of falling out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Defined by the ADA, a trip hazard is “any change in vertical level greater than ¼.” On the surface that may not sound like much, but consider the impact a lifted sidewalk panel or deep crevice can have on an individual in a wheelchair, or an elderly person or child.
The ADA says trip hazards must be removed from public or commercial sidewalks. By not addressing these issues, at minimum you’ll risk deterring people from patronizing your business. At worst, you risk injuries, lawsuits and ADA fines for being out of compliance.
Following proper sidewalk maintenance allows for smooth walkways that are attractive and welcoming for pedestrians instead of being a possible hazard. In addition, addressing the cracks before they grow to troubling sizes is also a best practice for extending the life of your concrete surfaces. That could save you money over the long run.
So how should cracks be addressed
Many times, a crack or series of cracks can most efficiently and effectively be addressed with professional repairs or resurfacing. If your foundation, or sub-base, is still stable and intact, and your issue is merely at the surface, you may want to consider a concrete-alternative material for the solution.
Simon Surfaces uses epoxy-based materials for such situations, and they come with tangible benefits over standard concrete.
- Faster project turnaround and curing times
- A like-new appearance
- 2-3 times stronger than concrete
- Sealed, non-porous surface that resists gasoline, oil, salt and other chemicals
- Custom color options
Intervening on cracks before it’s too late is good practice; considering the added convenience and performance properties of epoxy repair and resurfacing materials in your solution is great practice.
Learn more about your options for addressing cracked and damaged concrete by contacting Simon Surfaces today!