Concrete will eventually wear and crack. Some cracking is even normal and can be left as is. But every concrete floor eventually reaches a point where something needs to be done. The question is, do you repair or replace?
There was a time when replacing was almost always the go to solution. However, with advancing technology, resurfacing concrete has become a popular, more cost-effective solution. To know the best method for your situation, you’ll need to answer a question or two.
What Caused the Damage?
The cause of damage is probably the most important factor when it comes to deciding what to do with your floor. Is the concrete simply worn, chipped, and cracked? If so, this it’s likely from general wear and tear over time.
A naturally worn floor can often be resurfaced with little issue.
However, if you’re looking at a bad concrete job or shifting ground/foundation, then it might be better to just tear it up and replace. Bad concrete jobs are often the culprit when it comes to deteriorating concrete.
Sometimes the base wasn’t set properly or expansion joints were poorly placed. Regardless of the reason, it can be difficult to fix something that was done wrong the first time around. That’s why it’s always important to use a quality professional the first time around.
The depth of damage is also important. Wear and tear mostly happens on the surface which is why resurfacing can fix it. If it’s further down than two inches, then it’s probably best to replace.
What About Filling Cracks?
If you have a few cracks, you may be able to fill them as a temporary solution. However, a repair job never looks quite as good and won’t last as long as a proper replacement.
So, Replace or Resurface?
The best course of action is to have a professional inspect the concrete and guide you from there. The last thing you want to do is resurface a concrete floor, only to have it fall apart again a few months down the road.
On the other hand, there’s no point in tearing up all of your flooring when a simple resurface would have done the job.
For inspection and concrete resurfacing in Ohio, Select Flooring is here for you. Contact us today!