Sidewalk replacement is a notoriously tricky and detailed process. There are numerous small details to consider if you need to replace your sidewalk. Therefore, replacing a sidewalk is a job best suited for concrete experts like our team at Johnson Concrete.
Learning more about the steps needed to replace a sidewalk helps you understand what things factor into the cost and why this job isn’t for a DIYer, no matter how handy they are.
Removing Old Concrete Before A Sidewalk Replacement
After an initial evaluation, the first step in replacing a sidewalk is removing the existing concrete to make way for fresh concrete. Removing existing sidewalk concrete demands several specialized tools and proper disposal.
After the existing concrete is broken apart and removed, a team of workers evaluates the base. With that, the base gets compacted to ensure it’s stable and secure. Ensuring the base is stable, free of any debris, and precise is critical, as it serves as the foundation for your new sidewalk.
Compaction And Subgrade
Preparing the subgrade of your sidewalk is a very important step. Compaction and properly preparing the subgrade that lays underneath your new sidewalk ensures the longest possible lifespan.
Further, compaction helps ensure your sidewalk settles evenly and is free from future cracks. The extra subgrade layer offers stronger support and is usually installed on sidewalks that will experience both foot traffic and vehicle traffic.
Therefore, make sure you provide as many details as you can when getting an estimate so our team can provide you with the best sidewalk replacement.
Pouring New Concrete
After the old concrete is removed and the base is stable, it’s time for the new concrete to be poured. At Johnson Concrete, our team uses incredibly strong concrete to prevent premature cracks and damage.
Therefore, your home’s concrete sidewalks are capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic and the weather. Concrete sidewalks demand close attention to detail because they need to angle a certain way to ensure proper drainage.
Meanwhile, some cities may require a stronger mix of concrete for the city sidewalk. For example, the City of Leawood requires KCMMB Granite Mix for all city sidewalks that are closest to the road. Nevertheless, your front sidewalk or walkway can be the regular mix.
What Causes Cracks In A Sidewalk?
There are a few common causes of sidewalk cracks. Awareness of these causes is important so your new sidewalk is safe from premature damage.
One of the most common causes of sidewalk cracks is insufficient soil compaction. This occurs when the soil underneath your sidewalk is loose and causes shifts in the materials. Eventually, this leads to cracking, heaving, and sinking.
Another cause of sidewalk cracks is excessive moisture. Excess moisture can erode concrete, especially if the sidewalk is located in an area that’s prone to puddles.
Excessive weight can also lead to sidewalk cracks. If heavy equipment continuously rests on your sidewalk, it can take a significant toll on its structure. Therefore, it’s essential to keep significant amounts of weight off of your sidewalk to prevent structural damage and premature cracks.
How Long Until You Can Walk On Your New Sidewalk Replacement?
After your sidewalk gets replaced, you’ll undoubtedly be eager to walk on the new surface. Of course, it’s important to wait the designated amount of time before stepping on the surface.
Fortunately, concrete sidewalks cure quite quickly. With that, you can typically walk on your new sidewalk 24 to 48 hours after the new concrete is poured unless your contractor tells you otherwise.
Walking on your sidewalk before it is completely cured can cause permanent damage, like scuff marks, indents, and structural damage. Therefore, it’s important to ensure kids and pets don’t walk on the wet cement.
Get Your New Sidewalk Replaced By The Best In The Area
A new sidewalk can add curb appeal to your home while also providing a safe and even surface for people to walk on. As previously mentioned, removing an old sidewalk and pouring concrete for a new one is an incredibly detailed process.
Fortunately, our team at Johnson Concrete is the top-rate sidewalk replacement provider, so make sure to contact us today to get your service scheduled as soon as possible!