We repair cracks and expansion joints. The key to fixing cracked surfaces is to use the right product for adhesion to crack edges. Sealants also need to follow the joint’s full depth for best results. Too frequently we find cracking that has been filled only at the surface. We fix this problem.
When they’re installed, concrete floors feature seams that enable the floor to flex or shift slightly when exposed to heavy loads or extreme temperature changes. These seams or joints prevent stress on floors from cracking and breaking. While contractors install these joints to keep the floor from cracking, they’re also weaker than the concrete areas around them. In fact, this area is the first part of a concrete floor that shows signs of deterioration first. To prevent this damage from becoming a hazard in the workplace, Smith & Company Painting offers concrete expansion joint repair services.
How Expansion Joints Fail
There are two main ways a concrete expansion joint fails. The first and the more serious way occurs when slabs of concrete become slightly uneven or when the concrete located along the joint line starts to crack and chip. As the damage becomes worse, the area becomes a safety hazard. People may trip over the uneven area, or forklifts can be jostled. This could cause the load to shift and even potentially fall, hurting the driver or nearby workers. As the joint splits further, debris and moisture can become trapped within. This can cause bacteria to grow within the joint.
The other was an expansion joint can be damaged is when the epoxy floor coating starts to crack and chip. This occurs when the epoxy flooring system is not installed correctly. Some contractors may simply paint the epoxy across the joint because it’s faster and easier. However, when the joint flexes to accommodate a heavy load or temperature change, the epoxy across it snaps. This creates a fault line that only gets worse as more and more traffic moves across it.
Repairing the Joints
If either of these issues becomes apparent in concrete flooring, contact Smith & Company Painting to deal with it. Our experts understand how to quickly and professionally repair these damaged joints, restoring the floor to near-new condition.
Concrete Expansion Joint Repair in Oregon
Smith and Company is based in McMinnville, Oregon providing concrete surface prep, resurfacing, repair of expansion joints and crack as well as custom epoxy coatings for commercial and industrial floors.