Treating and Preventing Concrete Spalling with Manchester Concrete Contractor

Spalling is a common issue that occurs in concrete structures, particularly in regions with cold climates. It happens when the surface of the concrete breaks off, exposing the aggregate underneath. Spalling can be caused by various factors, such as freeze-thaw cycles, chemical damage, or improper finishing techniques. Here is what you need to know about spalling and how it can be treated:

 

Causes of Spalling
Spalling is often caused by moisture and the freeze-thaw cycle, where water gets into the pores of the concrete and expands when it freezes, causing pressure that damages the surface. Other causes of spalling include the use of de-icing chemicals, chemical exposure, and improper finishing techniques. Over time, the surface of the concrete will start to flake or peel off, leaving a rough and uneven surface.

 

Treatment Options
If left untreated, spalling can worsen, affecting the strength and durability of the concrete. Here are some treatment options that Manchester Concrete Contractor can provide:

 

Resurfacing: This involves applying a new layer of concrete on top of the damaged surface to create a new, smooth surface. This is an effective solution for minor spalling issues.

 

Repair: For more severe cases of spalling, Manchester Concrete Contractor can repair the damaged surface by removing the damaged concrete and replacing it with new concrete.

 

Sealing: Sealing the surface can help prevent further spalling by reducing the amount of moisture that penetrates the surface. This is often done after resurfacing or repair.

 

Prevention
Preventing spalling involves taking proactive measures to protect your concrete structure from moisture and other damaging factors. Here are some preventive measures that Manchester Concrete Contractor can advise on:

 

Using proper drainage systems to prevent water from collecting around the concrete structure.

Using high-quality concrete and reinforcement materials.

Applying sealers and coatings to the surface of the concrete.

Avoiding the use of de-icing chemicals and other harmful substances.

 

In conclusion, spalling is a common issue that can affect the appearance and durability of your concrete structure. Manchester Concrete Contractor can provide a range of solutions to address spalling, from resurfacing to repair and sealing. They can also advise on preventive measures to help protect your concrete structure from spalling in the future. Don’t hesitate to contact us or call us if you notice any signs of spalling in your concrete structure, and we will be happy to assist you.