Concrete is an incredibly durable substance. It can withstand all types of weather, foot traffic, automotive traffic, and extreme heat like fire. However, there is no miracle material that will stand up to every form of wear and tear indefinitely. Occasionally, concrete will crack, sink, or become pitted and this happens for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common issues that the people of Napa call on us to fix.
Large cracks in the concrete: This happens either from a shift in the surrounding structure causing the concrete to slowly tear apart or from concrete that evaporates too quickly during its drying stage.
Weird white mold on my concrete: This is actually not mold, but a deposit of minerals and salts that build up over time due to moisture escaping from the surface of the concrete. This is often easily dealt with by a thorough cleaning, but occasionally this can be an indication of chloride contamination which can damage the integrity of the concrete.
Little “bug holes” in the concrete: Are there lots of little holes on the surface of the concrete of various sizes and shapes? This happens when the concrete was not prepared correctly leading to little air pockets in the structure. Ironcat Inc. can usually fix this problem with a simple resurfacing of the area to make it look the way it should.
The concrete is producing dust when touched: There are a number of different reasons for this to occur. The way to fix this is occasionally resurfacing the area, depending on the severity of the dusting, but more often a silicate-based penetration liquid needs to be applied. This liquid is absorbed into the concrete and crystallizes, solving all but the most severe cases.
Ironcat Inc. is a full service concrete and demolition contractor specializing in the unique. With over 20 years experience in all areas of concrete, Ironcat is poised to satisfy your concrete needs. We won the Golden Trowel Award in 2007 (tied for the world record). Our services include: architectural concrete, concrete resurfacing, concrete staining, decorative concrete, repairs of cracked concrete, epoxy injections, structural concrete, and flat work like walkways and stairs.