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A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines shares the differences of mudjacking vs foam installation

A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines shares the differences of mudjacking vs foam installation

Most customers do not understand the occupational hazards of working with polyfoam safely. Polyurethane foam is a petroleum-based substance that can adhere to any material, even skin. Its main ingredients include known carcinogens and substances listed as toxic by the EPA, OSHA, NIST.

A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines values the health and safety of employees as much as the quality of customer experience. Relying on polyfoam as a solution creates great concerns for both the safety of the team, customers, and the quality of end result.

Choosing to avoid this toxic substance is a decision that A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines has made after years of experience.

Damage and Cleanup With Polyurethane Foam Installation

Polyfoam can permanently stain windows, siding, doors and effectively ruin the aesthetics of your garden or landscaping in an instant. With traditional mudjacking, A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines can guarantee that the cleanup will never become an issue that will cost you more money to correct after the project is completed.

When it comes to performing concrete leveling services for residential or commercial customers, the risks of using polyfoam simply outweigh the benefits and the quality of the end result when compared to traditional mudjacking.

Durability of traditional mudjacking vs. polyfoam

Did you know that traditional mudjacking simply lasts longer than polyfoam? Traditional mudjacking relies on the strength of grout made from crushed rock and limestone to level concrete slabs. It is stronger, more durable, and simply better at filling complex voids than polyfoam.

What happens to concrete if the soil fails?

If the soil below your slab fails, neither polyfoam nor traditional mudjacking can ensure your slab will remain level. However, traditional mudjacking will provide a more durable and long-lasting solution for leveling concrete.

Void filling properties of polyfoam vs. mudjacking

It has been determined that the void-filling properties of these foam products are more unpredictable than traditional mudjacking and not worth customers’ time or money.

The success of mudjacking is thanks to the consistency of the grout used to fill the voids. This grout flows better and more predictably than foam into underground voids and hardens quickly. With traditional mudjacking, your concrete may be ready that same day. Unfortunately, polyfoam cannot guarantee the same results.

Not only does polyfoam fail to effectively spread into complex voids, but it is also common for excess air in the pump to create further air channels throughout the foam before it hardens. These additional air channels weaken the integrity of the foam once it is cured, and can lead to further sinking or cracking of your concrete.