Concrete is durable and able to withstand a lot of wear and tear, but commercial concrete still requires regular maintenance in order to prevent large and expensive issues down the road. Keeping up with appropriate maintenance is the best way to save money, after all maintenance and repair costs are generally upwards of 50% less than the cost to completely rip up and replace concrete.
Some common signs concrete needs repairs and maintenance:
- Random cracking in the slab sections
- Surface pitting
- Scaling of the surface slab
- Settlement or heaving of the slab sections
- Wide opening of the joints in the slab sections
Finding a reputable construction company to take care of your regular concrete maintenance is adamant to long lasting concrete you can depend on. Some of the most important commercial concrete maintenance to stay on top of includes:
Cleaning concrete on a regular basis not only improves appearances but it also helps to extend its life and reduce future problems. In fact, cleaning is considered the number one type of maintenance to keep up with. Using a neutral-pH cleaner to remove dirt and debris will help prevent these gritty particles from building up and scratching off the protective sealant.
Keep in mind, not just any cleaning crew knows how to properly clean concrete.
Everything from unique sealants to the type of soil concrete is poured over will impact best cleaning practices. A professional team that specializes in concrete is your best bet.
Removing spills the moment they happen is also important to prevent staining of concrete. This is especially true for acidic liquids, oil and grease.
Sealing & Resealing Concrete
At some point all concrete must be resealed. The frequency of which depends on a number of things, such as amount of traffic, type of sealant used, application processes and how well maintenance is kept up with. For instance, if floors are not regularly cleaned, dirt and debris will break down the top protective layer at a much faster rate.
Overtime the top sealant will begin to weaken due to dirt, weather and natural wear and tear. In order to maintain that top level of protection you’ll need to reapply the appropriate sealant. Using the wrong sealant could backfire and fail to provide the protection concrete requires.
A simple water test can be used to determine if sealant has already deteriorated in places. Pour 2 ounces of water over various parts of concrete surfaces and simply watch to see what happens. If the water is quickly absorbed into the concrete you know the sealant has deteriorated in these places.
Stabilization and Realignment Of Concrete Slabs
Soil settlement is a common cause of concrete issues that needs to be taken care of in order to prevent a number of issues. Concrete impacted by soil settlement increases your liability because it’s more likely a customer or employee trips and falls on an uneven section of concrete.
By keeping up with any necessary stabilization or realignment of foundations, floor slabs and underlying soils you help prevent more costly damage from creeping up.
The process of lifting concrete is conducted by drilling tiny holes in the surface, which are injected with an organic structural polymer that literally lefts settling concrete slabs.
This includes a number of processes meant to maximize load-bearing capacity of soils beneath concrete.
Employing techniques that control water infiltration, which can create a lot of damage under the surface.
Maintaining Polished & Decorative Concrete Slabs
Decorative concrete and polished concrete slabs require the same regular maintenance as traditional concrete. Cleaning decorative and polished floors is especially important.
1. Conduct daily mopping with a microfiber pad in order to remove dirt particles. Dirt and debris can scratch the top surface and decrease shine.
2. Use neutral floor cleaner to help remove stubborn dirt. Let the cleaner sit for 10 minutes or so, giving it a chance to set in and work. If cleaner is wiped up immediately the cleaning agent doesn’t have a chance to work its magic. Just be sure the cleaner doesn’t have a chance to dry on the surface.
3. Clean any spills as fast as possible to help prevent staining.
The Benefits Of Routine Concrete Maintenance
Simply keeping up with commercial concrete maintenance and repairs helps prevent the risk of running into large issues that require costly repairs to fix. You also help limit your liability by maintaining safe walkways, parking lots and other surfaces where concrete is applied.
Even if your concrete appears to be in good condition, annual inspections are highly recommended. The sooner you pinpoint the start of an issue the better.
Kleenco Construction is proud to provide superior commercial concrete services. Regardless if your concrete surfaces are inside or outside, we’ve got the tools necessary to keep them looking good and functioning properly for many years to come.