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Concrete Leveling: Do You Need It? How Much Is It?

Concrete is the backbone for many structures on our properties, from walkways and driveways to pool decks and patios. Despite its robustness, concrete isn’t immune to time and elements, making repairs necessary.  

Concrete leveling serves as an efficient solution for repairing uneven or sinking concrete surfaces. This guide offers a thorough exploration of concrete leveling, detailing its processes, varied methods, and when it becomes essential. It’s designed to aid both homeowners and business owners in deciding if concrete leveling suits their requirements. 

What is Concrete Leveling? 

Concrete leveling is a corrective strategy aimed at repairing uneven or sinking concrete surfaces. By returning them to their original position, the tripping hazards are eliminated. This repair not only boosts safety and functionality but also enhances the visual appeal of the area. 

sinking concrete with tape measurer for scale

The technique is known by several names, including: 

  • “Concrete Repair” 
  • “Concrete Lifting” 
  • “Concrete Raising” 
  • “Slabjacking” 
  • “Slab Lifting” 
  • “Concrete Jacking” 
  • “Cement Jacking” 

Depending on the products and tools used, it might also go by one of its more technically specific names:   

  • PolyRenewal™ (our specialized technique), also referred to as “Polylifting,” “Polyjacking,” or “Polyurethane Foam Leveling” 
  • “Mudjacking” 
  • “Stone Grout Slurry Leveling” or “Cement Slurry Leveling” 
  • “Self-Leveling Concrete” 

We will delve deeper into these methodologies shortly, highlighting their distinct processes and outcomes. 

The Four Leading Techniques of Concrete Leveling 

Concrete leveling raises and levels uneven or sunken concrete surfaces to restore their original position. 

This process improves safety, functionality, and aesthetics.  

There are four common methods: polyurethane foam, stone slurry grout, mudjacking, and self-leveling concrete.  

The choice depends on factors like the situation and desired outcome. In order of best to worst, here’s the list: 

1. Polyurethane Foam Concrete Leveling 

polylifting

This method employs lightweight polyurethane foam injected through minimal holes, allowing for precise slab lifting and leveling. It stands out for its effectiveness, minimal disruption, and long-lasting results compared to other methods. 

2. Mudjacking 

mudjacking

Mudjacking involves pumping a mortar-like slurry beneath the slab to stabilize and level it. While effective in many cases, it has limitations, particularly with heavy structures, and is not recommended as a DIY project due to potential risks and complexities. 

3. Cement or Stone Slurry Concrete Leveling 

Combining aspects of mudjacking and polyurethane foam injection, this method uses a mixture of crushed stones and water, offering a controlled and durable solution, albeit at a higher cost than mudjacking. 

4. Self-Leveling Concrete 

Geared towards DIY enthusiasts, self-leveling concrete is designed for small-scale repairs and home improvements, providing a user-friendly option for achieving smooth surfaces. However, without proper expertise, DIY attempts may lead to complications and additional expenses. 

When to Level Your Concrete   

When considering the leveling of your exterior concrete, it’s crucial to recognize the signs that indicate immediate attention is needed to maintain the safety and aesthetics of your property: 

cracked driveway
  • Visible Cracks and Unevenness: If you notice significant cracks or uneven surfaces on your driveway, sidewalks, or patios, it’s time to consider leveling. These can pose tripping hazards and lead to further damage if left unattended. 
  • Water Pooling: Areas where water accumulates on your concrete surfaces after rain indicate unevenness, which can cause water damage and compromise the foundation. 
  • Damage to Vehicles: If driving over your driveway causes damage to your vehicle’s suspension or tires, this is a clear sign that the concrete needs to be leveled. 
  • Changes in Adjacent Landscapes: Shifts in the surrounding landscape that lead to uneven concrete surfaces necessitate leveling to prevent accidents and improve functionality. 
  • Safety and Liability Concerns: Especially on pool decks or heavily trafficked walkways, uneven concrete can significantly increase the risk of falls and injuries, making immediate repair a priority for homeowner liability. 

Addressing these issues promptly can save you from costly repairs in the future and ensure your property remains safe and visually appealing. 

When to Seek Expertise in Concrete Leveling 

Baker's Concrete Expert meeting homeowner

The intricate nature of concrete leveling requires the skill and knowledge that only seasoned professionals can offer.  

At Foundation Recovery Systems, we pride ourselves on our extensive experience in delivering reliable and long-lasting repair solutions for more than 30 years. 

Our commitment to excellence is highlighted by our free inspection, which includes a thorough assessment designed to uncover the underlying issues affecting your concrete.  

This meticulous approach allows us to craft repair recommendations that are precisely tailored to address the specific needs of your property, ensuring effective and efficient repair. 

Situations Where Concrete Leveling Isn’t the Solution 

Not all concrete issues necessitate leveling. Minor, superficial cracks might only require cosmetic fixes, whereas crumbling concrete might be beyond the scope of leveling, needing complete replacement instead.  

In either case, Foundation Recovery Systems offers expert inspections to determine the most suitable repair strategy, including alternatives if leveling isn’t viable. 

Understanding Concrete Leveling Costs 

Estimating the cost of a concrete leveling jobs often leads to a wide range. The difficulty stems from a variety of elements that impact the overall cost, complicating the process of providing a precise estimate without a detailed inspection. 

uneven concrete sidewalk

Key factors affecting the cost include: 

  • The extent of the concrete damage 
  • The size of the area requiring repair 
  • The repair technique chosen 
  • The amount of materials required 
  • Expenses related to labor, materials, and any permits needed 

For an exact price of your concrete leveling project, the optimal approach is to consult with local experts who can conduct a free inspection and offer a no-obligation quote. This method ensures the estimate you receive is specifically catered to the unique aspects of your project.  

Comparing Costs: Concrete Leveling vs. Replacement 

When it comes to addressing issues with your concrete, there are essentially two options: opting for leveling or undertaking a complete replacement.  

Discussing the financial aspect, early detection and correction of concrete issues by leveling, particularly with PolyRenewal™, can be significantly more cost-effective. This approach is not only quick but also less costly. 

On the other hand, if the concrete is extensively damaged, replacement might seem like the only viable solution. However, the process of removing old concrete and pouring new can be both time-consuming and expensive. Moreover, this doesn’t address the underlying issue, meaning the new concrete may eventually suffer the same fate. 

The cost of concrete replacement can exceed $5,000. In contrast, addressing the problem early with preventative measures can average around $1,000. 

So, how much does leveling cost? 

  • Driveways: Subject to constant vehicular traffic, driveway repairs can range from $800 to $4,000. 
  • Patios: Although primarily experiencing foot traffic, lifting a patio can cost between $800 and $3,000. Porches might incur costs above $5,000, especially if more extensive work like piering is required. 
  • Walkways: Sidewalks and walkways essential for home access and subjected to frequent use, leveling expenses for walkways can vary from $500 to $2,000. 

When feasible, leveling is generally the preferred choice for both time and financial considerations.  

Concrete Leveling FAQs

Yes, concrete leveling is considered environmentally friendly because it uses less material than concrete replacement and extends the life of the existing concrete, thereby reducing waste. The material used is also non-toxic to the environment. 

The process starts with drilling small holes into the affected concrete slab. Then, a leveling compound, polyurethane foam, is injected under the slab. As the foam expands, it fills the voids and raises the slab to its correct level. The holes are then sealed, leaving the surface ready for use almost immediately. 

Most concrete surfaces can be leveled, including driveways, sidewalks, patios, and garage floors. However, the feasibility depends on the extent of the damage and the underlying cause. A professional inspection is necessary to determine if leveling is the best solution. 

Choose Foundation Recovery Systems for Expert Concrete Leveling!

Selecting Foundation Recovery Systems for your concrete lifting requirements means you’re partnering with an expert team dedicated to delivering outstanding quality and customer service.  

FRS has extensive experience in navigating the distinctive challenges presented by the soil compositions and weather conditions in our area. Leveraging cutting-edge techniques, such as the PolyRenewal™ injection method, FRS not only lifts and secures your concrete surfaces but also tackles the root issues causing the problem.  

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Leah Leitow

Leah Leitow

Content Writer

Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.

Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in most cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Foundation Recovery Systems does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make any and/or every square inch of your concrete perfectly level. 

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