You hear it thrown around a lot, but what exactly is curb appeal? Well, at its most basic, it’s what differentiates your house from those around it to a passerby — either on foot or in a car — from the curb or beyond. It can be the overall design of the home. It can be its landscaping. It can be a combination of the two. But one thing common to virtually all homes is concrete: driveways, paths, sidewalks, pool decks and patios. In many ways, a home’s concrete is its calling card — something a visitor sees before ever setting foot in your home.
So, when concrete deteriorates (and it always does), it can really let down the rest of the home by reducing, you guessed it, its curb appeal.
Concrete is amazing stuff. It can be poured and shaped into just about anything. It is strong and durable. But, it isn’t indestructible. Over time, concrete can crack, sink and deteriorate due to a variety of factors, including:
So, maybe you’re putting off addressing your concrete problems because you think the only answer is disruptive, noisy, messy concrete replacement. You picture old concrete being jackhammered out and hauled away. New concrete being poured and left to cure for up to a week or more. And, when it’s all said and done, the soil issues that caused your concrete to fail in the first place are still there lurking beneath the slabs.
But, there is a better way –– a way to lift, level and stabilize concrete permanently and have it ready for use within just 48 hours. The solution is lightweight expansive polyurethane foam. This foam is forced under the slabs while in liquid form. It runs quickly and finds every crack and fissure. Then it expands to fill these spaces, lifting the concrete above it and compressing the soil beneath. But not all foams and foam installers are the same. Make sure to do some research before hiring a contractor.
In addition to foam leveling, thanks to another new technology, old, worn-out concrete can even be resurfaced with a layer of polymer cement so that it looks brand-new, with minimal disruption and minimal mess. When combined with foam leveling and other protective measures, it can restore your home’s concrete so that it’s virtually like-new.
The bottom line is, concrete problems don’t get better with time. And, that means they don’t get less expensive to fix either. When you make the decision to fix them, you’ll not only restore, and maybe even improve, your home’s value and curb appeal, but you’ll also be able to sleep soundly in the knowledge that your home’s concrete issues have been put behind you, and you and your family can once again enjoy your home the way its builders intended.