Marzucco's Repairs Concrete

Coastal environmental factors like salt, wind, and water weaken the structural integrity of concrete.   Buildings and structures along the Florida coastline are particularly vulnerable.

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QUALITY CONCRETE REPAIR, SET IN STONE

 

Concrete restoration repairs walls and balconies that have rusted rebar and/or spalled (heavily weathered) concrete.

Safety concerns and other considerations for tenants and residents are paramount to developing a successful project workflow.

Specialty floor coatings and surface treatments can slow concrete deterioration in newer, structurally sound installations.

A SOLID, CONCRETE CONTRACTOR

Repairing concrete structures is a team effort that requires fluid communication throughout inspection, demolition and restoration phases.   Our company designs and implements consistent, concrete repair strategies for commercial and multi-family residential buildings in Naples, Southwest Florida.

Understanding Concrete Restoration
 

Steps to Ensure a Successful Restoration Project:

  1. Have a basic understanding of what concrete restoration is and what causes the need for the work.

  2. Understand basic restoration terminology and repair methods.

  3. Have regular building inspections every two to four years to avoid structural damage and the expense of hiring an engineer.

  4. Make sure that the key people involved understand the importance of having the work done.

  5. Determine how the project will be funded. There should always be funding in a ‘Reserves’ account for unexpected damages and repair needs.

  6. Have an estimated timetable for the entire project.

  7. Put together your restoration team—association representative, qualified structural engineer, and a licensed certified general contractor that specializes in concrete restoration.

  8. Understand the contract documents, billing format, and warranties.

 

What is Structural Concrete Restoration
 

Structural concrete restoration consists of repairing deteriorated concrete and rusted reinforcing steel to bring the structure back to its original specifications and condition. Structural damage is often found on elevated slabs and catwalks, decks, and parking areas. In Florida, most structural concrete damage is caused by moisture intrusion resulting in the rebar rusting. When moisture penetrates the concrete, it causes the rebar to rust. As rebar rusts, it expands up to seven times its original thickness exerting a force of more than 10,000 psi that causes large cracks and spalling concrete. Seemingly insignificant problems on a building’s surface may be outward indications of much more serious problems beneath that can only be determined by a qualified, experienced structural engineer.

 

Basic Repair Methods:

  • Removal of existing concrete

  • Coating the steel rebar

  • Replacing the concrete

  • Removal and replacement of expansion joints

  • Application of waterproofing membrane

  • Mechanically cleaning the steel rebar

  • Post-tension cable repair

  • Application of corrosion inhibitors

  • Routing and sealing of concrete cracks

  • Application of decorative coatings
     

Understanding the Importance of the Work
 

A restoration project is a straightforward process. Difficulties can arise when there is a lack of a knowledgeable team, inadequate planning, incomplete information, poor communication, and poor worksite preparation. There are procedures that will help ensure proper repairs while minimizing unexpected problems. The first step to a successful restoration project is communication, ensuring the board of directors, manager, and owners understand the importance of the repairs. When there is doubt by the owners that the work is necessary to protect the integrity and safety of the building, the project will most likely experience interference by owners. This will result in increased cost and cause delays to the completion of the work.

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