The Differences Between Concrete Leveling and Concrete Grinding

There are a few different options for homeowners who want to repair their concrete driveway, sidewalk, or patio without the cost of replacing it entirely. Mudjacking is an option, but it does not have the long-term guarantee of other concrete leveling methods.

Concrete leveling and concrete grinding are two of the more popular methods to level your concrete. It is important to understand the difference between these two options, and why concrete leveling with polyurethane foam is the best method for homeowners.

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What is Concrete Grinding?

Concrete grinding uses an abrasive to grind uneven or rough-edged concrete surfaces to create a level and smooth surface. This is quite often used on driveways and sidewalks.

Although grinding is a viable repair solution, it is only cosmetic. The affected area will not match the existing concrete. The ground concrete will be a different color and will stand out from nearby concrete surfaces.

What is Concrete Leveling with Polyurethane Foam?

Concrete leveling with polyurethane foam maintains the existing concrete slab surface and delivers foam beneath the slab to lift and raise the concrete, fill the voids created by erosion, and it adds stability to the soil. In addition to the aesthetic advantages of polyurethane foam, there are additional benefits such as:

  • More affordable than concrete replacement (often less than half the price of the replacement)
  • Quick cure time – repair is completed within hours.
  • No disruption of the surrounding landscape.
  • Maintains the appearance of existing concrete surfaces.
  • Faster time to use your driveway, sidewalk, or patio.

If you are considering a concrete repair like grinding or a replacement like repouring your concrete slab, give us a call at 832-995-2000, and Leveled Concrete and we can schedule a free inspection to help walk you through your options.