Concrete itself is an extremely durable material. But the surface that supports concrete, often a mixture of soil and gravel, may not be as resilient. During the concrete installation process, a good contractor will take steps to be sure that the ground is level and secure. Yet over time, weather can still cause that ground to shift.
Denver is known for experiencing weather extremes, from the freezing days in the winter to temperatures that approach 100 degrees in the summer. The area also has relatively regular rain and snow. These weather conditions can contribute to concrete damage.
Concrete leveling is often an effective solution to repair concrete after weather induced damage.
How Denver’s Weather this Year Could Cause Concrete Damage
Despite the warm dry conditions that Colorado experienced in the first half of winter this year, we have since seen plenty of freezing temperatures and several inches of snow, both conditions which can put significant stress on underlying soil. When summer comes and brings hot and dry temperatures, we anticipate additional problems.
These weather conditions impact concrete in the following ways:
- Freezing Temperatures – Because Denver frequently has alternating days with temperatures below freezing and then warmer, this causes snow to melt. The snow melt seeps into the ground and when temperatures freeze again, the water expands, increasing the volume of soil beneath cement and pushing upwards to make it unlevel.
- Rain and Snow Melt – During the last few snows and first rains here in Colorado at the end of spring, excess water can seep into the soil beneath concrete and soften it. The saturated soil may be too weak to hold up the slab, causing some or all of it to sink a few inches. A large amount of rain can also wash away gravel and soil that is providing support for cement.
- Dry and Hot Weather – Dry weather results in moisture evaporating from the soil, which causes the soil to shrink in volume as it dries out. This creates less physical support beneath a concrete floor.
This movement of soil and gravel that forms the support structure for concrete is often a leading cause of unlevel concrete. In commercial facilities around Denver, it will more often impact outdoor spaces that have less temperature control, but concrete driveways, sidewalks, warehouse floors, pool decks, and patios can all shift after several seasons in Colorado weather.
If you have unlevel concrete on your property, you will want to fix it quickly. It may have already resulted in damages such as cracks, gaps between doors, floors pulling away from walls, and tripping hazards. Concrete leveling will avoid further damage to concrete and create a flat floor for your team to work with.
About Our Professional Concrete Leveling Services
There are multiple processes to manage concrete leveling depending on the extent and location of the damage. Colorado Concrete Repair is the leading concrete leveling company in Denver, Englewood, Aurora, Littleton, and the surrounding metro area. We have many different options that make it possible for us to provide concrete leveling in Denver with methods that are specifically suited to the location of your property and the cause of damage, whether it is weather related or due to another cause.
We combine our range of technology and expert skills for options that include hand leveling, and grinding to provide a safe and long lasting repair at your facility. If Colorado’s weather has impacted your concrete, contact our team at Colorado Concrete Repair to find out how we can make unlevel concrete look like new again.