Addressing concrete issues can be done in many ways. As a homeowner, you must understand the options available to you in terms of trip hazard removal to ensure the safety of those who live in your home. Being aware of these options helps you choose the method that works for you and your budget.
Here are some ways to remove sidewalk trip hazards:
Scarifier or grinders work by grinding away the concrete so that the two slabs will be brought into a more even plane. Although this is a low-cost option, keep in mind that this can make a scar on the concrete. This means that the concrete will have a rough look. Removing the trip hazards completely can be hard and you are likely to need more slabs.
Removal and Replacement
This involves demolishing, removing and pouring new concrete. A good contractor can do this job with ease.
Patching or ramping is also a low-cost process but a fast repair option. This makes use of a self-mix concrete for patching uneven areas between slabs. Such patch is a rudimentary ramp which makes a slope between a couple of sidewalk slabs.
This process is about drilling small holes, often note more than two inches. A cementitious mix is pumped below the concrete so it will be raised back to level. For driveways, sidewalks and even big concrete slabs, this is the ideal option. This sidewalk trip hazard repair is affordable and fast; however, it takes times for the holes to fade so that they will match the current concrete’s appearance.
This works by using a big angle grinder to grind down the high concrete to meet the low concrete. Such kind of equipment is expensive to rent and may also create plenty of dust. Learn more about this method by asking questions to your contractor.
This method uses a concrete cutting blade for cutting through the high concrete trip hazard horizontally. This is intended to make the hazard flush with the lower concrete. Using this approach depends on the concrete’s integrity, angle and thickness.
When researching through options to remove trip hazards, make sure you consider the opinion of professionals. Concrete experts can assess the entire landscape, concrete integrity, surrounding water sources, your goals and your budget. The right professionals will help you in making an educated choice which meets the needs of your property.