How long does the process take for a typical earthquake repair?
Every job has its own quirks. Typically by the time all of the stages are complete, the works will take around three weeks.
With each quotation sent out, you will receive our homeowner information booklet. In this booklet it clearly outlines the whole process from start to finish.
Send us your plans and scopes
If you already have a plan or a scope of works, you can either email us or use the upload tool here (Link to upload plan tool on contact page) to save time. We can quite accurately price you project off that.
From the time I accept your quotation, how long before you can start work onsite?
Generally around 3 weeks. This can depend greatly on weather.
My neighbours concrete is bright white. Will my concrete be that bright too?
There are low cost options including adding some black oxide to the concrete the time of batching. This takes that bright glare off the concrete and tones it down to a mid grey. This is just one option. Read more here (Link to finishes page)
Will the repairs be loud?
Concrete Saws, Jackhammers, Plate Compacters, Excavators, Bobcats, Hammer Drills, Concrete Trucks, Water
Blasters… They are all very noisy. Please be tolerant, as they are all needed to complete the job.
Some of this equipment may cause vibrations too.
Since the earthquake, my driveway now holds water after it rains. Will I need drainage?
Yes and No. There is no doubt that since the earthquakes the levels on a lot of properties have all changed. In some instances it may be that some more plants or gardens just need to be removed to allow the water to drain away adequately. In some cases, drainage may need to be installed. We should be able to assess this at the time of the quotation.
Will my concrete crack again?
Yes. A common misconception with concrete is that your new concrete will not crack. Cracking is a very frequent cause of complaint in the concrete
industry. Cracks in concrete can be the result of or a combination of a number of factors. These include, drying shrinkage (The most common), thermal contraction, subgrade settlement, applied heavy loads and Christchurch’s specialty, earthquakes!
All though we use all possible measures and best practice, cracks will occur!
All steps are taken at the preparation, placing and finishing stage (excavation and base preparation)
and there are a number of steps taken during and after the concrete is placed.
We go into this in further detail in your homeowner booklet.
Does my concrete need to have cuts in it?
Definitely. The cuts in the concrete helps induce a crack in the concrete along the cut. We cover this in great depth in your homeowner booklet.
Do you add steel reinforcing to the new concrete?
Only if the client requests it. As a rule of thumb, most insurance works are like for like also. When dealing direct with the client, we will only add reinforcing if it is requested.
Should I add steel reinforcing to my new concrete?
We absolutely recommend it. Although steel mesh does not necessarily prevent cracking in concrete, it does help hold it together. Also, if cracks do develop, they will stay far finer than would otherwise if there no steel mesh.
Should I seal my new concrete?
Why do we seal concrete? Well, it is done for a number of reasons:
- It seals the pores of the concrete and provides a barrier to prevent dirt, grease and mould from staining the concrete surface.
- It creates a very hardwearing surface.
- Provides good UV protection for colored concrete surfaces.
- Helps with the curing process.
- It brings out the colours in the concrete oxides.
- It seals off any minor cracks that may have formed preventing dirt and moisture from entering the cracks. This
will help prevent spalling over time.
- It gives the concrete a wet look.
The concrete sealer does unfortunately break down over time. This is due to a number of factors with traffic and the sun being the two main culprits. To prevent the surface underneath the sealer being damaged, a new coat of this sealer should be applied every one to three years depending on the amount of traffic the area receives. It is usually very noticeable when it is time to reseal the concrete, as it will start to lose its sheen. Give us a call when you feel it is time for advice on resealing options.
Which surface finish is right for me?
There are many considerations when deciding. Ranging from the final look, the cost through to the use of the surface.
Read more on our section on finishes here
My driveway only has some cracks. Does it all need to be replaced?
Not necessarily. Depending on the final look you would like to achieve, there are many options tom consider. You may only need to replace parts of it. Then you may decide to add an overlay to give it a brand new look. Have a look at our section on overlays here (link to overlays in finishes)
I live on a property with shared units. Can you cater to all the tenants?
Yes we can. We have a great deal of experience in shared properties. We do have certain processes which we follow which help the job flow more smooth for all involved. We can explain this in more detail over the phone.
Demolition and the removal of concrete require some pretty serious equipment. Our teams are very experienced and
take all due care but sometimes some damage may occur which is completely unintentional. Please see the terms and
conditions at the time of your quotation regarding consequential damage.
Any more questions?
Please feel free to either email us or call us to discuss any questions you may have.