Mudjacking vs. Polyjacking. Which do you choose when you have a sunk or cracked concrete slab in Arvada, CO or surrounding areas? It’s a great question to be asking for sure. And we will give some insights and different facts about both to help you know which is the best approach for your concrete leveling project and also arm you with knowledge to ask any concrete contractor you have out to your home for a quote or estimate.
Choosing the best approach to raising your concrete slab in Arvada, CO is important and you should know all the facts before deciding what is right for your concrete raising project. When comparing mudjacking vs. polyjacking here is what you need to know.
So what is mudjacking, what material is used, and what are the pros and cons of choosing it?
Mudjacking is a technique of lifting or leveling concrete that has sunk or cracked. With mudjacking, holes are drilled into the concrete slab and a mud mixture of water, sand, and cement that is pumped under the sunk or cracked surface to help lift it back to level. The material is much heavier than the Polyurethane foam that we use. About 100lbs. per cubic foot.
Pros to using the mudjacking method over the ploy foam method is:
- It can be cheaper. Mudjacking average costs are $3 to $6 per square foot.
- It can be a good option for huge jobs.
Cons for using this method can be:
- It does not last as long as the poly foam (8 to 10 years, maybe more).
- It can cause the same problem to happen again, because it is made of materials that can wash away and the slab can resink or resettle.
- It also requires larger holes be drilled to do the job.
- It is much messier than foam so not as easy of a clean up.
What is Polyjacking, what material is used, and what are the pros and cons of choosing it?
Poly jacking is the same as mudjacking in the fact that it is a way to level sunk or cracked concrete. Holes are also drilled into the concrete slab that needs to be raised, foam is pumped in, and the slab is leveled back to normal.
There are some differences though in using a poly foam like we at Premier Concrete Raising Pros use and the mudjacking material other concrete lifting contractors will use.
Polyurethane foam is made of recycled material that will not break down, dissolve, or leach into the environment. I is much lighter than mudjacking cement at 1 to 2 lbs. per cubic foot. It is 96% hydrophobic which means that it repels water and will not allow water to mix in to do damage or destruction to the slab once the lifting job is done.
Pros for using and choosing polyurethane foam over mud are:
- It requires less and smaller holes be drilled into the surface.
- It is lighter than the other material (1 to 2 lbs. per cubic foot)
- As stated, it repels water and acts like a sort of rebar that is extremely solid once it dries.
- There is easy clean up and you can use the surface the same day as we did the job.
- This foam can literally last 1000’s of years.
- It is strong enough for the toughest jobs including lifting an airport runway.
- It is safe for the environment.
Cons of using Poly foam to lift your sunk or cracked concrete is:
- It can be more expensive than using mud. Average costs are $5 to $25 dollars per square foot.
Go with a pro when deciding mudjacking vs. polyjacking!
Whether you end up choosing to go with a concrete specialist that does mudjacking and polyjacking, make sure you ask lots of good questions before making your decision.
We offer no hassle, no obligation free estimates for all our concrete lifting jobs. Since customer care is our #1 priority, we answer all your questions, explain the process and give you a quote on the spot after our free assessment. Give a call today at 720-802-4055 to set up your estimate. Or head on over to our Contact us page to learn more ways of getting in touch with us!