Even though sidewalks tend to receive less traffic than driveways, it is natural that they tend to wear off and lose their original touch, from what they were newly constructed as. Especially in areas where these sidewalks are met with snowfall, deicing of salt and other associated chemical abuse over time; sidewalks can wear out over time.
It depends on the nature of damage that makes you adopt a suitable strategy in order to overcome any harm to the concrete sidewalk. Strategies may include concrete crack repair, fix uneven sidewalks or even replace the entire structure by disintegrating it and reconstructing a completely new sidewalk.
Many people wouldn’t be aware of the fact that cement absorbs water, and when moisture seeps into cement over a period of time, it starts to crack. These cracks can lessen the overall look of a dwelling, yet they can be repaired by using a number of tools. Tools used may include a caulking gun, concrete crack filler, cold chisel, work gloves, hammer, knee pads and eye protection.
Curing and sealing concrete increases the strength and durability of the concrete surface. At Almand Brothers Concrete, we apply curing at no additional charge. 21 days later, the concrete sealer is applied (optional, but additional cost). Sealing concrete helps make your driveway or sidewalk look nicer while extending the life of the concrete.
There are a variety of resurfacing projects that can be adopted to level the uneven patches of the sidewalk while enriching the overall aesthetics of the surrounding area. Sample projects include a stone and brick overlay to the existing sidewalk, an Italian-styled slate overlay, a slate-looking walkaway overlay, or even a flagstone fashioned overlay. There are many design styles and patterns that can be adopted, depending upon what is being offered currently on the market.
Concrete Sidewalk Repair for Large and Small Cracks
Concrete sidewalk repair strategies can be used to fix small hairline cracks in the concrete sidewalk. You can always fill in the gaps by using concrete crack filler or a caulking gun. But first, you need to make sure the gap or crack is cleared away from any dirt, water, and other particles residing within the crack. Once you’ve managed to clean it up thoroughly, you can make a paste using Portland cement and water. By simply pouring the mixture within those cracks, you can create evenness throughout the concrete surface, thereby giving it a new look again.
For larger cracks in the concrete sidewalk, you can apply the same process as mentioned above, with a few additional steps. You can start by cleaning the cracks thoroughly with a cold chisel and even with water pressure pipe, to clear it completely from any extra residue. Next, before you pour extra cement into the cracks, you will need to make sure that the surface inside the crack is shaped in such a way that provides a solid base for the pouring concrete to settle in effectively. You can do this by scraping the inner lining of the crack, making a v-shaped wall around the sides of the crack, and leveling the base of the crack. In this way, when you pour the cement mixture to the modified cracked gap, it will settle in a leveled form and dry to an even surface of concrete sidewalk.