Sidewalk Repair vs. Replacement: How to Know When It's Time

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In New York, sidewalk maintenance is a very serious thing. It requires a great deal of work to maintain and can end up costing you a lot of money in fines if you are not careful.

Sometimes repairs are enough, but, eventually, you are going to need replacements. So how do you know when it is time to just get repairs or opt for total replacement?

What Do You Need to Know?

Aside from being an eyesore, damaged sidewalks can be a serious hazard. They can lead to trip-and-fall issues and end in grave injury. As a main mode of transportation for pedestrians on foot and sometimes by bike, it is vital to take care. But are repairs enough, or do you need replacement?

Sunken Concrete: Sunken concrete is usually the result of the ground underneath not being properly prepared. You begin to notice it's uneven, and then it sinks in completely. Unfortunately, this type of problem can only be resolved with a complete replacement.

Cracks: This is tricky because it depends on the size and severity. Obviously, minor cracks are usually easy to repair. Replacement is the only option when larger cracks, which are typically the result of a vehicle, run too deep and allow moisture to enter.

Frost Heave: As the term implies, this is when the moisture frozen in the ground pushes under the sidewalk. It is sort of the opposite of sunken concrete, but the results are basically the same. So it makes sense to replace it since the subgrade has been compromised.

Bottom Line

At Eden Sidewalk Repair NYC, we take this line of work seriously and have been since first establishing the business in 1998. We won't steer you wrong; we will provide you with honest feedback and quality workmanship.