Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

Making Your Concrete Wheelchair Ramp Accessible All Year

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There is estimated to be about 2.2.million persons in the U.S. who use a wheelchair to aid in their mobility for day-to-day living. In addition to this another 6.5 million are expected to need a cane, walker or crutches to move around independently. So chances are you either know someone or will know someone who needs to use one of these devices. A wheelchair accessible ramp makes entrances and exits easier and concrete is one of the most durable (at $2 to $30 per square foot) materials that can be used to make one, especially one that can be sturdy enough to accommodate the weight of a scooter.

However, concrete can also become unsafe for use if it cracks, shifts or breaks. To maintain your concrete ramps year round for the safety of your loved ones or friends, here are a few things to consider.

Self-servicing concrete

Although it may not yet be as accessible on the market, concrete development is getting to the place where it might soon be self-servicing and you might not need to consider budgeting the $286 on average that it might take to repair your concrete ramp each time it becomes damaged. This new development uses two chemicals, which create a waterproof polymer layer when they are mixed in sunlight and formaldehyde. In order for it to work, the concrete would have to be spray treated with a liquid form of the chemicals which would then be activated as soon as the cracks appear in the concrete. This way the cracks become less likely to spread and create the rough surface that would be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair.

Of course, this might not prevent the eventual wearing away of the traction surfaces that have been put into the concrete to prevent skids and slips, when it was installed. These will still have to be addressed and can cost between $77 and $153.

The good old-fashioned way

Especially following the winter season where rock salt may have been applied to your outdoor concrete ramp, you may need to get the ramp repaired by calling in a concrete repair company. Due to the various safety considerations and the regulations that have to be met to have a disability ramp ADA (American Disability Act) approved, it is best to have this done by a professional rather than doing it as a DIY project, unless you have the skills to accomplish it.

Some safety concerns include maintaining the slope at 1 inch of incline to every 12 inches of rise, the proper application of the textured treatments that may be applied to your concrete and proper assessment and repair of the underlying structures that make up your ramp. If cost is a concern then research for more information, or get more info from the organizations in your area who may offer free services to low income families in maintaining their ramps.

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21 March 2016