Homeowners with front or back porches love having the ability to invite friends and family over to enjoy time in their outdoor spaces. Many individuals enjoy watching their children play in their outdoor spaces as well as their pets. However, when a front or back concrete porch has sunken or begun to crack, it can create hazards for those trying to enjoy a BBQ or family get-together. Additionally, many homeowners are unaware of the fact that their sunken or settling concrete porch can allow outside elements to affect the integrity of the home, potentially leading to the need for foundation repair.
The safety and aesthetic value of a home are both impacted by cracks, sunken, and uneven porches, as well as the unsightly damage that may affect a property’s value. It is not uncommon for homeowners to be curious about how their porches have sunk or cracked. Thus, they are interested in knowing what they can do to prevent their porches from sinking or cracking and how to determine when they need to conduct repairs or lift their porches.
- The PolyLift™ Concrete Porch Leveling System
- Benefits of the PolyLift™ System
- How The PolyLift Concrete Porch Leveling System Works
- How Much Does Porch Foundation Repair Cost?
When the front porch of a home sinks or pulls away from the side of a home, it is usually a sign that the porch is settling. As soon as a homeowner notices that their porch or front steps are sinking, they should have them repaired as soon as possible in order to avoid major cracks which could require a homeowner to replace the entirety of the concrete porch structure. Additionally, the slab foundation, crawl space or basement of a home can be severely damaged by a sunken and settled porch that is not properly diverting rainwater away from the foundation.
The good news is, homeowners can solve their concrete porch problems and repair their sunken porches with Olshan’s PolyLift System™. Our PolyLift System™ is designed to efficiently and effectively restore the correct grade of your concrete porch or steps without requiring a full replacement of the porch. Since 1933, Olshan Foundation Repair has built a reputation for honesty, innovation, and quality craftsmanship. A structural evaluation is provided free of charge by our Certified Structural Technicians. Homeowners can contact our team of experts today if they are interested in learning more about how we can help with concrete porch leveling, concrete porch repairs, and foundation services today!
The PolyLift™ Concrete Porch Leveling System
It is common for homeowners to wait to have their porches repaired if they notice that they are sinking, settling, or have cracks instead of immediately seeking professional service. Obviously, homeowners may choose to ignore their unlevel, cracked, or settling concrete porches altogether. Depending on the severity of the unevenness and cracking, there may be no need to determine the type of repair immediately. However, if the porch is separating away from the home or there is excessive cracking, homeowners should not delay repairing their porches for an extended period of time.
The act of doing nothing may not only leave a hazardous environment around the house but may also result in further problems if water pools or runs off into the basement or under the crawl space. It can result in costly foundation repairs in the future if water damage occurs without the homeowner’s knowledge. Many homeowners, however, choose not to fix and lift their houses until they are confident that the process will not take too much time or leave a mess behind. Olshan Foundation Repair’s PolyLift concrete repair method is effective, which is why it is essential to contact our porch and foundation experts.
Benefits of the PolyLift™ System
In order to level your porch as quickly and efficiently as possible, we recommend the PolyLift system, which is installed by our team of concrete experts. Compared to the outdated mudjacking method, our PolyLift system levels concrete porches faster, cleaner, and at a lower cost. Additionally, it is excellent for both residential and commercial applications. It takes only minutes for our PolyLift system to help restore sagging, damaged, or uneven concrete. Homeowners and business owners are not disrupted by the construction process, which allows them to continue with their daily routines without being distracted by loud noises or delays.
How The PolyLift Concrete Porch Leveling System Works
In addition to being simple, quick, and efficient, Olshan PolyLift leaves no mess behind. Here’s how our process works:
- Before PolyLift – There are many dangers associated with uneven concrete, in addition to being an eyesore. The good news is that the PolyLift installation process is straightforward and easy to complete.
- PolyLift Step 1 – The subgrade is reached by drilling a ⅝” hole through the slab, which is about the size of a dime. Afterward, we pump a Polyurethane mixture deep beneath the slab, filling the void between soil and concrete, which assists in structural stabilization.
- PolyLift Step 2 – The minimally invasive repair process is undertaken with the utmost care in order to maintain a clean and tidy work environment. If the home is structurally deficient and is highly susceptible to stress, this repair is an excellent option, as well as the most cost-effective.
- After PolyLift – Within minutes, the concrete is gently lifted, with little to no mess. Our team then patches and smooths the affected area. There is nothing complicated about the process.
How Much Does Porch Foundation Repair Cost?
On average, the cost to level a sinking porch ranges between $1,900 – $3,200, usually a fraction of the cost of replacing the porch. It is similar to mudjacking, but instead of pumping a slurry under concrete, a polyurethane mixture is injected, and it is much more time-efficient and cost-friendly. In order to replace the concrete porch, a contractor will have to break up and remove the existing porch and steps in order to pour a new concrete porch. Considering the cost of replacement, our PolyLift System™ is more affordable than other more traditional options.
Reviews of Olshan’s Porch Leveling Services
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”Contacted Olshan regarding a free estimate for potential foundation repairs. After a short simple call, they scheduled me for an estimate the next day. Shortly after scheduling the estimate, my technician, Don, called me and quickly informed me of the general protocol, what to expect, and what steps would be taken if the foundation was found structurally compromised. The next day, Don gave me a courtesy call approximately an hour in advance to inform me that he was on his way. He arrived promptly and on-time, and was courteous, professional, and extremely knowledgeable throughout the entirety of the estimate. We concluded that I wasn’t in need of Olshan’s services at the time, but we setup a follow-up 6 months out. The entire experience was pleasant and non-intrusive, which I feel is a rarity when dealing with “free estimates.” I highly recommend contacting Olshan if you suspect any issues with you homes foundation.”
Zack Baker on Google
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”The crew of Miguel, Jose, Gabriel, Luis and Kevin supervised by Teo did a great job of installing a new below ground drainage system with utmost care and attention to details. Thank you very much for fixing what was a long term water management issue.”
Peter Hecht on Google
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”I had an appointment with Olshan for a foundation assessment and received a call ahead from Tracy Gibbs to ask if she could come earlier than our scheduled appointment time. During the appointment, we discussed our past experience with the foundation assessment and she addressed my concerns after taking elevations that our elevations were within tolerance and no foundation repairs were needed at this time. It’s very reassuring to know that there are companies out there that still operate with integrity as a core value and don’t try to sell you something you don’t need. I was very pleased with her communication, professionalism, and honesty.”
Eman Esmaily on Google