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Since concrete plays a huge material role in commercial and residential buildings, when it comes to look, structure and sustainability, when it is damaged, its ability to support the building is weakened, as well as the insulation properties of the building.

 

Concrete restoration at http://smithinsulationtexas.com/foundation-repairs/ is the process of repairing old and damaged concrete in buildings to return the building's appearance to its original form, therefore the prime objective of concrete restoration is both to repair any structural issues with the concrete, as well as restoring the aesthetic value of the structure.

 

The reduced cost that is incurred in concrete restoration is its biggest advantage, such that building owners would prefer to choose this process because it not only repairs the cracks that were structural problems, but that the process also gives the appearance of a brand new concrete on the once damaged building.

 

The first and important step for repairing a damaged concrete structure is to identify the causes responsible for the damage, because if the cause is not determined, then the same damage can be repeated even if the repair work has been done.  The concrete restoration process must be adjusted to include the effect of the cause of concrete defects, if the cause of the damage is repetitive in nature.

 

In knowing the extent of the damage to the concrete, decision can be easily reached on whether the damage can be repaired or the structural parts have to be replaced, as well as it helps to take precautionary measures to stop the damage in the future. 

 

Determining the extent of damage is done by sounding the damaged and surrounding undamaged concrete with a hammer by an experienced personnel, such that in sounding suspected delaminated or disbanded concrete, they may not always sound hollow, so it's important to place a hand close to the location of the hammer blows or by closely observing sand particles on the surface close to the hammer blows; and if the hand feels vibration in the concrete or the sand particles are seen to bounce even with a slight hammer blow, then the concrete is delaminated.

 

Most concrete damage progresses slowly and not all damaged concrete requires immediate repair, therefore, the process of concrete restoration should be carried out immediately on the concrete if the damage affects the safety and serviceability of the structure or if the damage has reached a stage where the structure becomes unserviceable.

 

Properly installed insulation keeps a building warm during the winter and cool during the summer, since the insulating material prevents the flow of air in the building to escape through the walls or ceiling.  Air is free to pass in and out of the building walls, if the building has damaged concrete, that's why concrete restoration is applied to repair the cracks in the concrete.

 

 

If concrete restoration may not be possible, using  spray polyurethane foam as an alternative insulation material at http://smithinsulationtexas.com/ can help seal the air on walls, roofs, and all contoured surfaces, and reduces unwanted air infiltration through cracks, seams, and joints, as well as resist heat transfer extremely well.