Why Does Concrete Buckle From Heat?

Why Does Concrete Buckle From Heat?

As the temperatures rise, it means dealing with concrete buckling for many homeowners.

Concrete is a popular choice for homeowners when it comes to driveway paving, patio installation, and more. But what can you do when your concrete starts to buckle in the heat? It can be a significant problem, especially in the summer months when the temperatures are high.

This blog post by Sweeney’s Pavement Maintenance, LLC discusses what we can do to prevent concrete buckling and how to fix it!

Why Does Concrete Buckle?

Concrete is a mixture of cement, water, and aggregate. When exposed to high temperatures, the concrete can buckle or crack. This happens because the concrete expands when it gets hot, and the expansion force is greater than the material’s tensile strength.

What Can You Do to Prevent Concrete Buckling?

We can do a few things to prevent concrete from buckling:

  • Reduce the temperature difference between the inside and outside, i.e., keep your heated garage colder in the winter, so the inside and outdoor temperatures aren’t too far apart.
  • Use air heating to keep the steel framework in reinforced concrete constructions warm throughout the winter.
  • Thermally insulating materials are used as siding to keep the temperature consistent throughout an exterior structure.
  • Use thermally insulating materials to protect water within your concrete construction from freezing too rapidly during the winter.
  • Use wood, steel, or concrete buttresses on the outside of your project to relieve the strain that higher slabs may exert on those below them.

How To Fix Concrete Buckle?

You have two options to fix the concrete buckle; replacing the concrete and resurfacing it.

If you plan on replacing it, it will cost you a lot of money. After all, you’d have to tear up the old driveaway, clean up the debris, and take it away, then prepare the ground and pour a new slab with steel reinforcement and control joints.

It’s logical to spend hundreds of dollars on a new driveway if needed, but not if you already have one in decent shape with only a few cracks.

Resurfacing helps in fixing your buckled concrete pavement at a much lower cost. The most straightforward technique is to remove any out-of-place parts or debris, then fill up any cracks or holes using adhesive caulk. This will help restore the structure’s appearance, but it won’t be as robust as before. If the buckled concrete is part of a driveway, patio, or walkway, pavers or bricks can be used to cover it.

Sweeney’s Pavement Maintenance, LLC is a leading pavement maintenance company in Wichita, Kansas. We provide ace solutions at affordable rates and in the most convenient way possible for the property owners. Our high-quality solutions and services are tailored to their needs, requirements, and budget. Get your estimate now!