Should I repair or replace my concrete?
Your concrete floor is a mess. It is stained, pitted and cracked. What should you do? Repair or replace it? Whichever you choose, one thing is for certain. You should coat it!
Your concrete floor is a mess. It is stained, pitted and cracked. What should you do? Repair or replace it? The answer isn’t a simple one. But no matter which you choose, one thing is for certain. You should coat it!
Repair is Less Expensive
It is also less of a hassle. For example, to replace a concrete floor, you will need a geotechnical engineer to test the soil to ensure the land is still safe to build on. That will cost about$1,500 per report. You will also need a structural engineer to verify that the floor will be okay, which will cost another $550 for their report.
Then, you need to purchase the concrete and the labor to pour it. It takes 48 hours to set to the point that you can walk on it. Then you need to wait a week before you can drive a vehicle on it. Finally, the entire curing process takes 28 days.
Repair is the Greener Option
Removing and replacing your old, damaged concrete is a huge undertaking. And making concrete to pour a new floor has tremendous ecological effects. That’s because cement, the “glue” that holds concrete together, is so carbon-intensive that if it were a country, it would rank fourth in the world as a climate polluter.
How Damaged is It?
While repair is the best option overall, it still comes down to how damaged the concrete is. Are there gaping holes in the concrete? A good rule of thumb is to replace if the cracks are wider than two inches. Are there high concentrations of chemicals that are deeply embedded in the concrete, which over a short amount of time will cause it to break down?
If You Replace
If your concrete is damaged beyond repair and needs total replacement, concrete coatings are the perfect way to protect your new concrete so that it can stay in good condition for years to come. There are countless styles and patterns from which to choose. If you prefer the look of natural concrete, protect your new concrete with our Clean and Seal coating. Clean and Seal keeps concrete looking like new—even when it isn’t.
If You Repair
Our concrete coating process includes removing pitting, making repairs to minor cracks, and ensuring your concrete is in good condition to receive its new protective coating. Then, the coating we apply will give it a beautiful makeover. Choose from these popular styles of floor coatings and finishes:
Within 24 hours, you can walk on your coated concrete, and within 48 hours, you can drive on it. So there is far less disruption to your daily routine.
If you are having a hard time deciding whether your concrete floor can be repaired or if it must be replaced, call us at 651-458-0196 for a free consultation. We will be happy to come out and advise you on the best course of action. Concrete Coatings of Minnesota—If it’s concrete, we can coat it! Contact us today.
 Lobet, Ingrid. “Cutting Concrete’s Carbon Footprint.” Greentech Media, Greentech Media, 5 Jan. 2021, www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/cutting-concretes-carbon-footprint.