If you have uneven or settling concrete, chances are you’ve been doing some research on what your options are. Replacing your concrete certainly is an option, but is it truly the best option for your situation? Throughout this post we’ll walk you through a few problems with replacing concrete as well as a quick overview of the the concrete repair process. It’s important to understand your options, and to be able to make an educated decision that works best for your situation. It may be beneficial to you to have your concrete slabs repaired, instead of replacing your concrete altogether.
The costs associated with replacing concrete altogether can be costly. You’ll have to pay for removal, as well as reconstructing and pouring new slabs. According to a 2020 article by HomeAdvisor, the cost of concrete installation ranges from $1,800 on the low end, up to $6,000, with the national average sitting around $3,000, or $6 per square foot.
If you replace the concrete without addressing the soil problems, you’ll likely have the same settling issues within a few years. Concrete slabs sink and settle because the soil below has lost its structural integrity. Therefore, the soil can no longer support the weight of the concrete. Simply packing the soil down and pouring new concrete won’t solve the settling problems.
Replacing concrete can be a lengthy process depending on the size of the project, who you hire, and what you’ve chosen for a finished product. When replacing concrete, there can be many steps involved. You’ll have the demolition and removal, setting up the concrete forms, pouring the concrete, pre-finishing the concrete, finishing, and curing. This all takes place over the course of a few days.
While there are some disadvantages to replacing concrete, if your concrete is beyond repair, this might be your only option. If you want to have the option of saving costs, it’s important to repair your concrete as soon as possible. Contact us today for a free estimate for your concrete repairs!