REPAIR, REPLACE, REPURPOSE
Too often, homeowners pay to completely remove the old and start from scratch. However, it’s typically much more cost effective to repair, restore, or repurpose the work that is already in place. Whether something has deteriorated with age or wasn’t installed 100% properly the first time, Statements In Stone can help bring your spaces back to life.
If your driveway has started cracking, you may think it’s time jackhammer the old and lay down new concrete. However, there is another option that is more cost effective and can even add a bit of style to your driveway that wasn’t there before.
Concrete is constantly expanding and contracting with changes in temperature throughout the year. In order to allow the concrete space to expand and contract, you add in control joints, which are the little slits you see within the concrete. Without these control joints being spaced properly, the concrete will crack in different places and eventually lead to different sections of the concrete settling lower than others over time. This can be a huge eyesore as well as a safety hazard.
Instead of completely removing the old driveway and replacing it with more concrete bound to separate, we recommend working with the cracks to create a design that seemed intentional from the beginning. Most often, the cracks tend to occur where there should’ve been a control joint from the beginning, so it creates a line that can be the start of your design.
One option is to setup a controlled removal of parts of the driveway, allowing us to lay down pavers between the remaining smaller sections of concrete. This not only creates a driveway that’s visually more appealing, but it forms smaller sections of concrete that have a very small likelihood of ever cracking.
Sometimes a driveway is in such bad shape that neither of the above are your best option. When this is the case, we recommend pulling up the old driveway concrete and repurposing it for another area around your house. These chunks of concrete can work great to build a retaining wall that costs you $0 in materials.
Improper foundations and moisture penetration often lead to settling steps and cracking mortar joints. You may also find that your steps are not to code when going to sell your home. The solutions will vary based on your specific situation, but all of these things can be fixed. Here are some examples of successful step repairs:
Loose treads and cracking mortar joints
Cracking bluestone treads and mortar joints
Front steps height not even or to code
Settling front steps, height not to code
General Brick & Stone Repairs
Although brick and stonework is virtually maintenance free, over time it will require minor repairs. Changes in climate and soil conditions can lead to small defects that you’ll want addressed as early as possible. It’s important these repairs are done properly so they not only last for a long time, but also don’t lead to any other issues. On top of that, you want these repairs to look like they never happened. There is no job too big or small for Statements In Stone, so give us a call if you’re having any of the following issues (or anything similar):
Loose bricks or stones
Cracking mortar, bricks, or stones
Unwanted sharp edges
Water pooling or other drainage issues
Unlevel concrete pavers