Concrete is one of the most-used construction materials because of its strength, durability, and economic value. If you have a concrete fence wall, it can last a lifetime — given that any issue that would arise is addressed immediately and that it has been properly constructed in the first place.
This read is for you if you want to know when you should subject your concrete fence walls for repair (or possible replacement). In this article, we’re running down seven common problems of having this kind of fence.
Cracks. From temperature fluctuations to improper laying out, there are several reasons why cracks can appear on concrete. Cracks can further be categorized into four. There are settlement cracks caused by a shift on your fence wall’s foundation. You may also encounter shrinkage cracks that occur when your concrete fence wall contracts during the curing phase. There’s also crazing that happens when the concrete’s surface is not properly finished. Lastly, frost heave is a result of freezing soil moisture.
Blisters. The small bumps seen on the surface of a concrete fence wall are called blisters. They form when the air becomes trapped under a concrete sealant. The best way to address them is to prevent them from happening in the first place. You’d need to tap a reputable contractor who can use a good concrete mix. This will prevent more blisters from appearing.
Discoloration. Your fence walls are exposed to different elements all year round. Especially if you live in an area where the weather can be erratic, discoloration will be an issue you’d have to resolve. The discoloration is more of an aesthetic problem rather than a structural one. It can be fixed by using a concrete cleaner. If the discoloration is too strong, experts recommend applying concrete strains.
Surface scaling. One year after the installation of your fence wall, the concrete surface can thin by 1.5 to 5 millimeters if it’s not properly finished and sealed. To avoid scaling, make sure that the technicians you’ve hired will seal your fence walls before they leave the site.
Uneven appearance. Curling and other issues that cause uneven appearance on your fence wall aren’t just an issue on aesthetics. If not addressed, it can lead to more serious problems such as crumbling and breaking. Any damage to a fence wall’s structural integrity should be left in the hands of the professionals.
Water damage. Water can cause significant damage to a concrete fence wall. If you’re located in an area where the wintry climate can be harsh, you have to be particularly concerned about water and moisture intruding on the structures of your wall. Call an expert as soon as you suspect your concrete wall of having water damage. Replacement is probable as water intrusion is most likely caused by improperly poured concrete.
Aging. Over time, concrete and other types of fence walls wear. The aforementioned issues, when no treated, can also cause your wall to prematurely age. Looks- and structural strength-wise, signs of aging can be damaging to your walls. Have a professional evaluate them so that the appropriate actions can be undertaken. Of course you can always opt for a more traditional wooden fence installation, which will be cheaper and perhaps a bit more environmentally friendly. Check out your local fence building company in Leeds for all your new wooden fence needs.
If you need help with your concrete fence wall, our team at Hilltop Concrete can help. Contact us today and tell us more about your project.