Whether you own or operate a business or apartment complex; replacing your concrete slabs will always be more expensive—in time and money—than raising and repairing it. If you have concrete slabs that have failed, then you should take these points into consideration when evaluating your options to resolve the issue.
Cost Benefits of Concrete Raising vs. Concrete Replacement
Benefit #1: Reduction in Labor & Service Costs
One of the main benefits of concrete raising compared to concrete replacement, is the reduction in cost you get to enjoy. To replace a concrete slab, you must hire a crew to demolish the slab, remove and discard it, stabilize the foundation below where it used to be, repour and let cure the new cement.
This is a lot of man power, hours, and materials, which ultimately equate to a much larger bill, and sometimes days to weeks worth of waiting.
Concrete raising lowers your overall costs, sometimes by up to 50% less than replacing the same concrete slabs, and is exponentially quicker in both completion and curing time.
I recently purchased a home that had a bowed wall. I called RaiseRite and they sent out an expert in that field to diagnose the problem and estimate the cost to straighten the wall. They also recommended having the exterior of the wall sprayed with high density polyurethane. The polyurethane will act as a crack sealer, water sealant, and excellent insulating characteristics. My job was completed in three days and didn’t affect my home life. The wall was restored to its original condition and put value back into my home. The crew was extremely professional and did an excellent job of cleaning up. Thanks RaiseRite! ~Dave Manitowoc, WI
Benefit #2: Minimal Impact on Surroundings
When replacing a slab of concrete, you must use (often large and heavy) equipment to demolish and re-pour the slab. This may force you to move / reorganize your warehouse or factory, or damage the landscape that surrounds the slab.
Concrete raising has little to no impact on your environmental surroundings. Equipment is parked off site, and has the ability to reach even hard-to-reach places, meaning you don’t need to work around the crew, they work around you.
Benefit #3: Minimize Potential for Injury
Whether you own a commercial building, or a tenant-occupied residence, the potential for injury greatly increases when you have uneven or compromised concrete slabs on your property.
Replacing concrete slabs can be a multi-day, or sometimes even multi-week period, which again, presents the possibility for your workers, tenants or passerby’s to fall subject to injury.
Concrete raising projects generally last 2-3 hours (sometimes longer, depending on the severity of the issue) and are ready immediately upon completion. Downtime, cost, and potential for injury are minimized substantially when you choose to raise and repair, compared to replacement.
Lunch & Learn for Engineers & Contractors
If you would like to learn more about foundation solutions using helical tiebacks, we offer a lunch and learn presentation program. We will educate you on the different applications of foundation piering over lunch. We also provide a technical manual available for the different types of piers we use for foundation stabilization & repair.