How to Prevent Cracking in Concrete

how to prevent cracking in concrete

Ready-mix concrete is essential for maintaining a functional driveway, living space, walkway, spillway or parking lot. Not only is a solid walking surface necessary for the functionality of your home or business, cracked or damage ready-mix concrete can also impact the curb appeal and overall value of your property as well. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on how to prevent cracking in concrete.

How to Prevent Cracking in Concrete

While ready-mix concrete is one of the most durable man-made materials, it is still prone to cracking over time.

Often times, cracked concrete can occur due one of the following reasons:

Shifting Earth

Concrete acts as a man-made shell. It allows us to enjoy our properties and towns without struggling to cross uneven, weathered ground. Unfortunately, the earth’s surface is always shifting. This forces concrete pressure on the concrete. Cracks can appear when the earth shifts enough to create a significant amount of stress on the ground above.

You can fix concrete cracks due to shifting earth by adding your own “stress joints” into the concrete. This reduces the amount of stress each slab has exposure to.

Shrinking

Ready-mix concrete is constantly shrinking at a sluggish rate of 1/8 inch per every 20 feet of laid concrete. As it contracts, the shrinkage starts to create stress in the surface of the material, which can result in cracking.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to prevent concrete from cracking due to its natural shrinking processes. However, Navasota Concrete follows specific procedures with our ready-mix delivery process to reduce the risk of this occurring.

Freeze-Thaw Cycles

The winter months are cold and can often bring temperatures near or below freezing. The cold weather can make it much more difficult for concrete to last its intended lifespan. During the winter, ready-mix concrete goes through the “freeze-thaw” cycle. This is a progression that results in thousands of cracks and potholes each year.

Concrete is is a porous material that can hold small amounts of water on its surface. Any moisture that remains in the surface of a concrete slab will expand. This is because water occupies more space when it freezes. However, this can create cracks. To reduce damage from the freeze-thaw cycle, Navasota Concrete prepares ready-mix concrete with ingredients to make it difficult for water to enter and freeze the surface.

 

These are just a few tips on how to prevent cracking in concrete. Navasota Concrete delivers ready-mix concrete to exceed your needs and requirements. Contact Navasota Concrete with the link below to purchase your ready-mix concrete today!

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