Superior Process - What does tried and true mean to you?
Natural Limestone Grout - VS - Chemical-Based Poly-Foams: Our Experience & Research
Many of our customers have asked about the use of chemical based Polyurethane Foams and what our position is on that material and process. Hopefully, the following information will give you some insights as to why we will only maintain the tried and true use of Limestone Grout foregoing any future use of chemical based Poly-Foams.
As Richmond's original pioneer of concrete leveling, A-1 Concrete Leveling has only used an environmentally safe Limestone Grout material to perform the lifting and leveling of sinking concrete. All of our solutions solve issues with what’s going on underneath. We have extensive knowledge and experience with the soil makeup of the Richmond, Virgina region. Drawing on that time in the field provides us a thorough perspective on how to properly resolve problems our customers deal with.
We equally pride ourselves in being an environmentally compassionate company and maintaining that trust is very important to us. Our customers feel vested in our approach knowing that they are utilizing a process that replaces lost earth due to erosion, poor drainage or compaction with more solid earth.
The Benefits of Limestone
1) ALL NATURAL EARTH BASED PRODUCT
Limestone is actually used as the base when new concrete is poured. We feel if limestone is the perfect material for pouring new concrete on, it has to be an equally perfect material for filling voids, re-establishing the base and lifting existing concrete that has sunk.
2) DOES NOT ADD WEIGHT TO THE BASE CAUSING FURTHER SINKING
One of the pieces of mis-information that is circulating by foam competitors is that the weight of our material causes further sinking. Limestone is 80lbs per cubic foot, by comparison, an 80 pound child standing on one foot on top of a slab exerts 40 times more ground force vs what it takes to lift a 4x4ft slab with our material. Weight is a non-issue. 40+ years of leveling history and mathematics does not support any other conclusion.
3) SPREADS BETTER THAN POLYURETHANE FOAM
The flow-ability of limestone allows for a superior result filling unevenly developed voids under concrete slabs. Re-establishing the entire base under a sinking slab is critical in providing a long-term solution that doesn’t put the slab at risk for future cracking where a void with no leveling material exists.
4) CONTROLLING THE LIFT
Limestone does not over-react or over expand, running the risk of “over-leveling” a slab due to moisture that is unseen underneath it. With limestone, we can change the flow-ability/viscosity of our material instantly so we can lift or stabilize as we want giving us on the spot versatility. We can control the lift throughout the entire leveling process.
5) CAN BE INJECTED THROUGH 1” OR 5/8” HOLES
Our material can be injected through either size delivery method and the needs of the project determine which option is used.
6) WILL NOT ATTRACT INFESTATION
We have never in 20+ years of limestone leveling seen any evidence of infestation of any kind taking place. Polyurethane foam, on the other hand, does offer the risk of infestation evidenced by the video below.
7) PERMANENT SOLUTION
Once our material sets up and becomes hardened underneath the slab and if there is no more ground erosion under our material, our process provides a permanent solution.