How Do I Care For My Concrete This Winter

thShoveling And Salt What To Know

You can help maintain concrete by shoveling the snow from your driveway, sidewalk and steps. By keeping the snow cleared, there is less chance that it will compact down freezing into the surface and accelerate the freeze/thaw cycle. The less number of times that water enters concrete and freezes, the less likely that it will become damaged.

Use a plastic shovel instead of a metal one. Bent/sharp corners of a worn metal shovel can damage the surface of certain types of concrete.

Is it okay to use salt as a deicer? The short answer is NO. Salt is very corrosive to concrete and will eventually, if not immediately, cause damage to many types of concrete. (more…)

Fix that Unsightly Void Before it Gets Worse!

driveway-void-concrete-raising-system-300x224Do you have a side view of your concrete slabs like this?

The space between a slab of concrete and the ground is called a ‘void’. A void typically occurs next to a sidewalk or walkway leading up to a home. A void can also occur under a concrete patio, porch or driveway. You will sometimes notice a void when you walk on the concrete, and you can feel it give under your feet. The obvious signs of a void can be seen. Level Rite Concrete can fix this problem by drilling small 5/8” holes in the concrete and injecting our polyurethane foam into the void to strengthen the concrete and prevent it from cracking and breaking. Polyurethane is added to the sides of the concrete slab.

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Weedy Sidewalks & Driveways Upsets Your Concrete

IMG_5611 (2)How to Stop Weeds From Growing in Driveway and/or Sidewalk Cracks

Does your driveway and/or sidewalks look like this? This is a definite eyesore! Weeds seem to grow virtually anywhere, even poking leaves out of cracks in concrete expansion joints on driveways and sidewalks. While newly laid concrete doesn’t have such problems, settling produces cracks after several years, allowing weed seeds to gain a foothold. Ugly tufts of grass in concrete areas such as driveways and sidewalks pose a bigger problem than poor aesthetics. The grass degrades the concrete and can eventually widen small cracks.

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How to Tell If You Need Driveway Repair

concrete liftingDoes Your Driveway By Your Garage Look Like This?

There are signs that your driveway is in need of lifting. Waiting too long to call a professional for an estimate may make fixing it costlier. Ignoring or avoiding some of these issues may worsen over time. It could take a few weeks, months or years. A sinking driveway can cause underlying issues for your basement or foundation. We advise that at the first sign of any of the issues below, you should call Level Rite Concrete.

Is your driveway: 1) uneven by your garage or in the first 10 feet from the street? 2) so uneven going into your garage that you have to give your car more gas to get in your garage? 3) sunken by your garage door? 4) slabs uneven? 5) below street level uneven, sinking or cracking?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, repair your driveway by lifting it with our company, Level Rite Concrete. We could save you thousands of dollars in costly foundation repairs in the future as well as costs of putting in a totally new concrete driveway. A sinking or uneven driveway by your garage door leads to cracks in the concrete which leads to foundation leaks and a wet basement over time. Water follows the path of least resistance and your sunken concrete and the cracks around it may be channeling water run-off from rain or snow seeping down to the foundation below your home through the gap created between the sunken driveway and your garage requiring repair. “The gap between my driveway and my garage is only an inch or two. Is that a big deal?”

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“Steel City” Rebirth

IMG_7253Exciting Times For Gary Indiana

We had the pleasure to participate in a Morning Business Hour featuring Mayor of Gary, IN Karen Freeman-Wilson. Thank you Andrew Kyres, VP, at First Financial Bank for hosting this awesome coffee, business and networking hour! What an interesting lady Mayor Freeman-Wilson is!  Karen has been mayor to her hometown of Gary, Indiana since January 2012. Mayor Freeman-Wilson is the first female to lead the “Steel City” and the first African-American female mayor in the state of Indiana. She has served the public for most of her professional life. She was previously the Indiana Attorney General, Director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the presiding judge of the Gary City Court.  She is also a leader in the national drug court movement having served as the CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute.  She is a very impressive, accomplished and super smart lady!

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Protecting Your Concrete

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Does your driveway/sidewalks look like this? Give us a call 219.765.3690 to professionally seal your joints to prevent further erosion of your soil!
 
Keeping a good sealer on your concrete and commercial grade caulk in your cracks prolongs the life and look of the concrete. Sealer helps prevent the concrete from pitting or spalling (when small pieces of the surface come off). Horizontal concrete surfaces should be cleaned and sealed every few years to protect them from moisture and salt. ALL cracks should be sealed to prevent them from filling with water during rain. We recommend backer rod then commercial grade caulk. This will also form a seal to minimize drafts, soil erosion and insect infestation.  Don’t let your cracks look like this. CALL US for a free estimate and prepare yourself for Winter. Make your concrete happy!

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11390115_730340147093572_6360291651369537892_n Concrete Raising, Why Do It?

Level Rite Concrete is a locally owned company based in Munster, IN to provide residential and commercial customers with a better alternative to concrete raising vs using the mudjacking method. Level Rite Concrete uses a state-of-the-art Polyurethane foam injection material as opposed to the traditional mudjacking with dirt, water and cement mixture to raise concrete slabs: driveway, sidewalk, patio, and porch or pool deck. Joe is the expert in doing the work. Pictured here is Joe, working on a sidewalk repair! Small jobs are not a problem for us!  Our concrete raising solution is a cost effective, eco-friendly, time-saving alternative to traditional mudjacking. With our Polyurethane Foam, you won’t have to raise your concrete again!
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Polyurethane vs. Mudjacking Materials Weight

weight scale mud vs poly with text logo LRCPOLYURETHANE FOAM VS MUDJACKING

There are a few slabjack methods to choose for completing a concrete raising project. Mudjacking is the oldest and most commonly known process for lifting and leveling concrete. Raising concrete with polyurethane foam injections, also known as foam jacking or poly jacking, is a reliable alternative to mudjacking. Level Rite Concrete uses polyurethane foam to raise uneven concrete. There are several advantages to lifting and leveling concrete with polyurethane foam vs. mudjacking.

SMALLER HOLES                    

With polyurethane foam, we are able to use smaller drill holes than what is required with traditional slabjacking methods. Level Rite Concrete uses small, 5/8″ (the size of a dime $.10 piece) drill holes to complete our concrete raising projects. (more…)

Clean & Seal Service

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Your store front, walkway, parking lots, patio, and driveways are some of the first areas your customers, employees, family and neighbors see. Those concrete areas also receive the most traffic, which creates a buildup of dirt, grime, gum and other stains. A dirty retail front can not only diminish a property’s appearance, but also cut down on your sales. Concrete cleaning services may be the answer.

Sealing your concrete is not a necessity but is recommended. Most concrete on new homes are not sealed by the contractor due to added cost. Using the proper sealer has long and short term benefits. Short term, if you use a topical sealer, you will have a nice sheen that will definitely add curb appeal. Long term, a sealer can prevent or minimize cracks. One reason for concrete cracking is freeze thaw weathering. This is when temperatures fluctuate from below freezing to above freezing. This allows water to seep into any surface when temps are above freezing, then when it drops below 32 degrees this water freezes and expands. The force of the expansion creates cracking. When temperatures stay close to the freezing mark the water does not have a chance to evaporate and continues to exacerbate the situation. (more…)

Why Does Concrete Settle?

IMG_4699-1536x1024Curious Why Your Concrete Has Sunk?

Poor or improper compaction of the base before concrete was poured: The weight of the slab will further compact the base after curing, and settlement can happen quickly. 

Climate: The Polar Vortex, experienced last year by many in the northern hemisphere, wasn’t just hard on you, but also on your concrete. Freezing and thawing causes slabs to expand when frost is in the ground – it causes concrete to heave or raise. When the ground thaws, the concrete will settle again, but many times not to where it was originally. This results in trip spots between shifting slabs. (more…)

Going Green

Earth Day at Level Rite ConcreteIt’s the right thing to do.  It feels good.  It’s morally responsible.  It secures our future.  It sells.  However, the phrase is also trendy, ambiguous, a possible marketing ploy, and often misused.  Green technology has come a long way, and has also just begun. Happy #EarthDay

During the race to go green, we have seen great success and innovation, but in some cases, a compromise in product quality.  Sometimes what helps Mother Earth in one way completely wrongs her in another.

What is the right balance between being environmentally responsible, competitive, and having the best product on the market?

We at Level Rite Concrete understand.  We, like you, have very high standards.  We want to have our cake and eat it too.  We want to provide the highest quality products on the market that are also genuinely environmentally responsible.  We don’t just want to stick a “green” label on the packaging in order to stay current with the trend.

Level Rite Concrete has found the answer (well, actually two answers):  RECYCLED AND RENEWABLE.

Recycled

The foam we use contains recycled material. It’s because we are extremely proud to be a provider of polyurethane foam used for concrete lifting that uses recycled material (patent pending).  Our pride comes from the fact that not only does the recycled content provide a truly “green” aspect to the material, but it also takes the quality of the product to the next level.  It’s really a win-win.

I know what you’re thinking.  “How can adding ‘junk’ foam to this product really make it better?”  To answer this, let us break it down (no pun intended).

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Calling All Facebook Users

11350418_725026650958255_3122986834062470309_nLevel Rite Concrete uses Facebook to post regular updates and it would be great if you can join the 300+ people who like our page!

Reason #1 – It’s fun We share things that make us laugh and make us happy, hopefully they will do the same for you.

Reason #2 – It’s useful We share our concrete care, decorative floor systems, clean and seal your concrete services and neighborhood news – meaning you will never be stuck thinking about what do I do with my ugly concrete EVER again.

Reason #3 – You can wear your PJ’s there Okay this isn’t an ‘excellent’ reason, but seriously, you can where your PJ’s whilst visiting our page, we won’t judge. (more…)