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If it’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, now is a perfect time to get garages and structures in shape and ready for the winter months ahead. Maintaining your concrete structures on a regular basis means that you don’t get “surprised” when damage gets so extreme that it becomes costly to repair. We’re all about preventive maintenance!

Colorado winters are tough on concrete. When water turns to ice it expands about 9%. If that water has settled into even a hairline crack, it can mean big damage when the temperatures begin to drop.

Whether you’ve noticed some cracks in your parking structures or aren’t sure the last time you had your concrete structures inspected, call our guy, Mike Hubbard. He knows the concrete industry literally from the ground up and has experience in all aspects of concrete repair and maintenance. He’ll walk your site with your property manager or mechanical engineer and discuss what needs to be done to keep your concrete structures in good condition before anything gets to a point of being costly to repair.

We help you protect your concrete investment by repairing a variety of issues including:

Delamination

Water intrusion

Cracks and leaks

Post-tensioning issues

Damage to concrete coatings

Issues from cut corners

Put your 2022 budget to work and get an inspection scheduled today to give you peace of mind for the cold winter ahead. Give us a call!

Winter is coming to Colorado and it’s a tough season for concrete. Water seeps into joints and existing cracks, expanding and contracting with the freeze/thaw cycle, which further damages the concrete. Taking preventive action before the long months of winter can ensure that your vulnerable concrete will have sustained less wear come spring.

In this short video, the HEXA crew is scraping away the existing coating and sealants on the island areas of a parking structure. The islands were weathered, which had allowed water to seep in and had started breaking down the concrete. Once the old finish was removed, we installed new urethane sealants, a cementitious coating, and a clear, penetrating sealer. Had we not addressed these issues additional water could have intruded, potentially deteriorating the parking structure underneath.

By being observant of the condition of their concrete and taking proactive steps when they suspected damage, the client has protected themselves from future repairs, expense, and possible liability.

Our free inspection can help you do the same — give us a call today!

HEXA is working hard to make your properties work better for you! Our expert crews recently made some repairs and installed a new pedestrian coating on five balconies at a property in Denver. This short video shows some of the work.

Concrete damage is common in Colorado. It occurs when water intrudes into concrete joints and cracks then freezes and expands, which can cause the existing coating to fail. For this project, water began leaking into the interior of the building due to the compromised coating. The fixes included removing the deteriorated coating, repairing and replacing the damaged concrete, and then installing a brand-new pedestrian coating for a final seal and finish.

Had these issues not been addressed, water would have continued to leak into the building, creating damage to the interior and the need for costly repairs. You can stay ahead of potential damage and unnecessary expense! Watch for evidence of concrete spalling – round or oval depressions on surfaces or along joints, damaged ceiling tiles, and leaking around interior windows.

We offer complimentary inspections of your concrete. We’ll help you identify issues and allow you to plan for preventive maintenance or repairs before winter weather takes a bigger toll – not only on your concrete but on your wallet. Give us a call today to get on the schedule!

We’re staying busy and getting things done, including sprucing up buildings and parking garages. Here is a quick video clip of our crew having fun applying a shiny, new, garage floor coating in downtown Denver.

“HEXA did an exceptional job for us with our parking garage coating. They met our schedule, performance and cleanliness was impeccable, followed through with all inspections, stayed within the proposed cost and daily communication was the best.  This project rates at the very top of my list of most professional projects ever – thanks to HEXA.” – Pamela Coburn, Property Manager, Cornerstone Partners, LLC.

We appreciate Pamela’s kind comments because we love what we do and always want to be at the top of your list.

Hope you have a great day too!

Joe Keller, President

Colorado winters are tough on concrete. When water turns to ice it expands about 9%. If that water has settled into even a hairline crack, it can mean big damage when the temperatures drop.

Whether it’s in a parking structure, concrete slab, or foundation wall, damage can occur with the first freeze-thaw cycle and will worsen exponentially with every cycle.

Hidden & Visible Concrete Distress
There are many ways concrete is stressed in these winter months. Some damage is visible and other damage occurs below the surface. You may experience:

  • Enlarged and new cracks in your concrete
  • Water damage in your building
  • Plastic shrinkage creates cracks typically two to four inches deep and 1/8” wide on horizontal surfaces exposed to the atmosphere. These cracks can form in cold weather conditions when the temperature of the concrete is high compared with the surrounding air temperature. The concrete dries, shrinks, and cracks due to rapid moisture loss.
  • Scaling (sometimes called mortar flaking) is visual or microscopic flaking or peeling of a finished, hardened, concrete surface created by hydraulic pressures from repeated freeze-thaw cycles within the concrete. The expansive forces caused by the ice are exacerbated with deicing chemicals which increase saturation and the number of freeze-thaw cycles.
  • Spalling is when surfaces peel, pop out or flake off due to water entering the concrete.
  • Popout is a cone-shaped fragment of concrete caused when winter moisture freezes and expands, creating internal pressure that ruptures the aggregate surface.
  • Popoff is an exposed coarse aggregate particle that is caused by pressure buildup when the moisture in the mortar above the aggregate freezes. This is usually the result of poor quality concrete mixtures, improper finishing or inadequate curing. Deicing salts may aggravate this issue.

How You Can Prevent Problems
Preventive care for your concrete is important any time of the year, but it is especially vital during the winter months. Don’t wait until you can see big problems.

Save money and increase the lifespan of your Colorado property with HEXA’s concrete repair services.  On a regular schedule, our concrete experts will identify and repair what seem to be innocent cracks before they can do more damage.

Contact us today to let us know how we can help prevent problems tomorrow!