Category: Patching & Finishing

Concrete Cancer

Concrete Cancer
What is concrete cancer and how can you avoid or treat it? This is a term that many may not be aware of and the implications it can cause! But just what exactly is concrete cancer? In this blog we are going to explain everything you need to know! Concrete cancer is a serious issue that can affect the structural integrity of a building which can quickly worsen to become dangerous and can lead to buildings being condemned.  Concrete cancer is the breakdown of concrete, which can be caused by a number of factors, including water damage, chemical exposure, and physical impact. If left untreated, can grow at 500% per annum. Concrete cancer can cause serious damage to a building, which can be very expensive to repair.  As steel corrodes, it expands. This expansion puts pressure on the surrounding concrete, causing it to crack and become brittle. As concrete cracks...

Venetian Plaster – benefits of using it for house renovation

Venetian Plaster – benefits of using it for house renovation
When contemplating a housing renovation, many articles and professionals will suggest the use of Venetian plaster over other alternatives for its multitude of benefits. What is Venetian plaster? Venetian plaster first became a desired building material in the Roman era and still maintains an air of Italian sophistication that is unparalleled in aesthetics and durability. Traditionally, Venetian plaster is a mix of crushed marble and powdered lime applied in thin layers and then polished to achieve a glossy finish. Today, it is still a lime-based plaster product, enhanced by applying sequential layers. It is applied in steps, first with a primer, followed by multiple layers of the plaster itself, finished with a sealant or wax, which is polished to get that renowned marbling effect. The benefits of this material Venetian plaster has stood the test of time and for good reason - the benefits of this material exceed many of...

Concrete Repair Contractors – Is It Worth Hiring A Professional For Concrete Repair?

Concrete Repair Contractors – Is It Worth Hiring A Professional For Concrete Repair?
Expansion and contraction of concrete due to varying temperature can lead to the formation of cracks on the surface. If left unattended, these cracks can become a point of entry for water, air, moisture, and debris that can cause further damage to the structure and can also lead to safety hazards. Some other factors that can lead to deterioration of concrete include corrosion, plastic shrinkage, and delamination. While one can feel the urge to resolve the concrete related issues on their own, incorrect repair or poorly done repair can lead to more harm than good. Concrete is meant to last for years, and the repair work must add to its lifespan. Concrete companies, due to their extensive work in the field, have a foresight to not just identify immediate issues impacting the concrete surface but also issues that might develop in the future if the repair work is not executed...

Top 7 Signs You Need A Professional For Concrete Repair

Top 7 Signs You Need A Professional For Concrete Repair
Concrete finds its use in most of the important areas of commercial buildings and homes. From the structure itself to driveway, sidewalks, garage, porch steps or patio, the material, due to its durability and strength, is builder’s favourite. But with time, even a lasting material like concrete can wear down. Constantly exposed to elements including external concrete, deteriorated concrete not just affects the visual appeal but also pose a serious threat to structure’s safety, which can further impact the property’s value. If you observe any of the following signs in your concrete, contact a concrete repair contractor to conduct a thorough site assessment and recommend the right repair solution. Development Of Cracks Rain and heat cause concrete to expand and contract which results in the development of cracks. Excess water in concrete during installation also impacts the strength of the material which can lead to shrinkage. The more the water...

Concrete Repair – Top 10 Concrete Repair Tips – BSL Group

Concrete Repair – Top 10 Concrete Repair Tips – BSL Group
Concrete deterioration can result from hairline fractures due to wear and tear, seepage, soil settlement issues or improper removal of concrete floors and subfloors due to inexperience in concrete repair. The thumb rule is to patch and seal wide cracks with a patching compound and fix small cracks using concrete caulk or liquid filler. But to determine the best approach, one needs to identify the core reason of the damage and the extent to which it has occurred. Follow along as we share the best concrete repair tips to make your concrete last for a long time. We have also highlighted the tips for professionals to make the most of their concrete repair services: DIY or Professional’s Help This question has always been a topic of discussion and the best answer is to ‘better be safe than sorry’. Contacting a concrete repair specialist to assess if the cracks require availing...