Most homeowners have some form of outdoor concrete as part of their landscape. You may have a driveway, walkway, or even a patio that is made of concrete. Regardless of the way in which you use concrete outdoors, you will likely be concerned with erosion control either on the sides of the concrete area or on the overlay. Here are some options that you may want to consider:
Foam Jacking Options
If you are experiencing erosion under the concrete of a driveway, patio, or walkway then you may benefit from foam jacking. This option injects a high-density foam material, usually made of polyurethane, to help build up lower areas of the concrete. This helps give an even surface and fill in cracks or areas where erosion may be causing water to build up or breaking to occur. In addition to foam jacking, you can also use mud and slab jacking which employ the same general technique with varying results.
If your erosion issues seem to be with the sides of your concrete areas, such as the sides of a driveway, then you may want to consider having concrete borders put in. These can be as simple as concrete stones and pavers that are placed along the sides of the driveway, patio or walkway. They can also be as advanced as concrete borders that have a built-in gutter-like system that will drain water away from the concrete and to the street or another area.
Concrete Flood Barriers
If the option of concrete borders and injections do not appeal to you, then you may want to go with flood barriers. These barriers reroute the water that may be causing erosion and send it to other areas of the landscape where the area can be better absorbed. You can even have the water redirected to gardens or street areas and guttering where it can flow completely away from the concrete areas, reducing erosion. These work similar to the guttering on a home and can be built into the landscape to provide curb appeal. You can have these barriers placed along fences and around the property in lower lying areas as well. You may find them to be useful near concrete basements and foundations of homes and sheds.
Once you have taken each erosion control option into consideration, contact your concrete contractor. They can give you options and pricing on erosion control solutions.