Backyard dinner parties, chalk art, and a cold, stiff drink after work are all possible on concrete patios in the summer. Cracked concrete patios ruin the ambiance of the barbeque party. So, why does your patio crack?
Patio Settlement Causes Cracks
Slab settlement causes concrete patio cracking as it sinks into expansive soil (such as clay or loam). Uneven slab settlement puts pressure on the slab. Uneven patio slope due to settlement.
Flaws in the patio slab can lead to uneven deck tables and messy meals. Building a new patio slab from scratch is costly. It’s cheaper to fill the cracks with epoxy and fill the slope with polyurethane foam.
Paver Heave Causes Cracks
Heave is the inverse of settle. Heave occurs when soil expands upward, causing slab cracks and unevenness. In Southern California and Arizona, concrete patio heave is rare due to settlement concerns. It can easily crack a concrete patio slab due to the tremendous force it exerts.
Primary heave control is water mitigation. So, check your home’s drainage system. If necessary, install gutters and a French Drain.
Spalling Causes Cracks in Concrete Patio
PITTED AND CRACKING CONCRETE PAVERS Concrete spalling occurs when sections of the concrete crumble away from the main body, resulting in fractured, compromised concrete.
Pavers with spalling are more prone to cracking. Repair spalling with epoxy and proper water mitigation.
Concrete Patio Cracks from Poor Mud Mixture
No settlement, heave, or poor water mitigation caused the concrete patio slab cracks. A bad mud mixture may have caused them. Pouring cement is an art. One ingredient in excess can ruin the mud composition. Poor mud mixture cracks can be effectively repaired with epoxy.
Root Damage Causes Cracks in Patio Concrete
Large tree roots can cause slab cracks in a concrete patio. In order to prevent further root damage, remove trees near your patio and foundation.
Get in touch with us now if you are experiencing any of the issues listed above.