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Concrete spalling? Heritage restoration can solve the problem

27/02/2019
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Like any other structure that’s exposed to the elements, a building’s materials are almost always adversely affected by the weather. Even in relatively temperate climates, daily and seasonal temperature changes, in partnership with precipitation, can cause cracks and chips to appear in any porous surface. Concrete is particularly badly affected, but stone, bricks and jointing compound can also become compromised over time through the effects of weathering.

Although the effects are less pronounced than those seen in limestone structures, concrete also dissolves in the presence of acid. The acid rain more commonly found in cities, due to pollution, unfortunately, speeds up the process of concrete decay. If you’re a building owner or facilities manager who’s tasked with solving the problems which concrete weathering (spalling) is causing, we can help.

Concrete spalling can be fixed

If left unchecked, concrete spalling results in small chips of concrete lifting from the main surface, exposing fresh concrete for the weather to work on! If left unchecked, eventually the concrete surface will degrade completely and collapse! Obviously, this is not a preferred outcome when it comes to successful building management. As experienced remedial building company, we are able to provide the solutions you need not only to restore your building to its former glory, but also to put in place preventative measures which lessen the chances of the problem recurring.

Two-stage restoration process

The first phase of any concrete spalling restoration work usually involves restoring the concrete surface so that it is smooth and unblemished. A top coat or some form of coating gives the concrete long-lasting protection. The aim is to recreate the original look of the building, at the same time as using 21st-century technology to provide the additional protection and longevity needed for successful maintenance.

Our spalling work offers additional protection and restoration without altering the existing contours and colours of the building. This makes it ideal for heritage buildings, maintaining visual appeal at the same time as strengthening building fabric. Suitable for buildings of all shapes and sizes, a modern solution to spalling can give a building a cost-effective makeover that also provides significant structural benefits.

Photo: 10 Grey Concrete Wall texture #2 by texturepalace licensed under Creative Commons 4.0
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