The Environmental Advantages Of Concrete Repair Using Polyurethane

Posted by Max Ruby on October 2nd, 2019

Concrete and cement are two of the most useful building materials in human history. 

 

Unfortunately, over time they have a habit of decaying due to environmental pressures. Cracks, sinking, and erosion are just three of the most common examples of why concrete structures and surfaces need maintenance over time.

 

Thanks to concrete being such a useful and relatively cheap building supply, much of the time people assume that it is best to simply tear down or rip out existing structures and lay down a new building or surface. Expensive as this mindset is in economic terms, the environmental cost is even higher. 

 

Repairing your concrete surfaces by using polyurethane leveling is not only a far more cost-effective solution, but is also far better for the environment than mixing and rebuilding with brand new concrete. Here are some of the many reasons why concrete professionals tend to prefer to use polyurethane repair methods because of their environmental advantages.

 

Minimal Waste

 

Polyurethane leveling involves the careful pumping of the mixture underneath the decaying concrete surface. It not only provides a stable and longer-lasting foundation but is also perfect for leveling out and closing over cracks and unevenness. As this process aims to use as much of the already in place concrete as possible - basically by just repairing and strengthening it - it uses far less product compared to what would be needed for a total replacement. Amazing as concrete is, the industry has been making strides to use it smarter and with a view towards longer-term thinking. Polyurethane is one of the keys toward meeting this objective.

 

Non-Toxic

 

One of the key advantages of using polyurethane mixtures to help level, repair and reinforce your concrete is the lack of any carcinogenic toxicity. Buildings which incorporate concrete flooring ought to always look for this style of improvement ahead of any other which may include a host of unnecessary chemicals associated with sometimes very serious health risks. They are also far safer to apply - another reason why are so popular with industry professionals.

 

Flexible & Inert

 

Polyurethane is not only extremely flexible material in regards to its application but is also reassuringly inert. Once it has been installed it will not react with any other substance, meaning that it is safer for people and also for maintaining structural integrity. Thanks to these characteristics you can safely use this material anywhere, from driveways and parking lots through to hospital walls and educational institutions without any worries. It is a perfect material for residential and commercial usage.

 

Soil Stabilization

 

Erosion is rapidly becoming a major issue for a number of major cities and much of the problem has been caused by old fashioned concrete gradually causing soil decay. Polyurethane works in a different manner to typical concrete because it binds with the soil to create a much more unified and solid foundation. When used properly it should provide this solidity for a far longer time, helping prevent erosion further down the line. The exact same principle is why it is so popular for use with sinking driveways - it provides an extremely firm base that works with soil rather than attempts to replace it entirely.

 

Polyurethane Is A Green Material

 

With a handful of exceptions, the majority of the polyurethane mixture used in commercial applications is actually created from recycled and reprocessed materials. Actually making polyurethane is a very green process, especially when compared to mixing up a fresh batch of concrete. One of the various reasons which make it such an affordable alternative to replacing concrete is that the base materials cost less, despite in many ways actually performing the basic functions to a superior standard.

 

Lower Carbon Footprint

 

Think about concrete replacement and the immediate picture your mind will paint is one of dust, noise, emissions, and general disruption. Nobody likes being close to concrete building works! All those heavy vehicles and equipment are also hardly any good for the environment. Polyurethane application is far less disruptive to both people and the environment, and is not only quicker to perform but requires very little in the way of ancillary vehicles. Even the injecting gun used to apply the material is very quiet - and certainly much easier to be around than drills and earthmovers.

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