The Importance of Replacing Your Sidewalk This Summer

As homeowners, we put a lot of thought into the appearance of our homes. From landscaping to patios, our mind is always racing to the next improvement for our homes. One area that often gets overlooked is our sidewalks.

Oftentimes the only thought that goes into our sidewalks is about what needs to be done. Snow needs to be cleared and ice needs to be salted so no one slips, but even in the summer months there the is a risk of slips and falls on damaged sidewalks. Caring for our sidewalks is even more confusing with the uncertainty of whether that replacement is our responsibility or the cities.

Keeping Your Sidewalks Up To Code

If you’re uncertain if homeowners are responsible for sidewalk repairs in your area, reach out and ask at your local city hall or look online. If it is your responsibility to care for your sidewalks, it’s important to know how to keep your sidewalk up to code. This means addressing any concerns such as broken or damaged sidewalks. This also means getting the required permits before having any sidewalk replaced to ensure that you don’t get fined while trying to repair the damage.

Risks of Damaged Sidewalks

When your sidewalk is in disrepair, there is always the risk of someone hurting themselves on your property. It should be noted, that simply because someone falls on your property doesn’t mean that you will be held liable in court. However, if it is found that your sidewalk was unreasonably unsafe at the time of the fall, your chances of being held liable increases. That’s why it’s important not to overlook our sidewalks when it comes to caring for our homes.

What to Expect When Having Your Sidewalk Professionally Replaced

Allowing an expert to replace your sidewalk can save you the time and frustration that pouring your sidewalk incorrectly can cause. Improperly installed concrete is prone to damage that may require your sidewalk to be repaired again.  When you call a professional, you can expect them to properly assess the damage and break up the bad concrete without damaging the concrete that is still good. Your concrete contractors will then clean the area to ensure that they are pouring the concrete onto a clean and even surface.

Next, your concrete contractors calculate the mixture required to ensure that the concrete for your sidewalk is the proper thickness and matches with the surrounding concrete slabs. When mixing, it’s important that the concrete mixture isn’t too wet or too dry as it can cause damage to the finished product.

Once your concrete contractors have finished this, they’ll let you know when your new sidewalk is safe to walk on. The process of pouring your new sidewalk can be finished within a few short hours and without hassle for you.

Don’t Put Off an Easy Fix

If your sidewalk is cracked or damaged, don’t put off repairs that could potentially make you liable if someone falls. Having your sidewalk replaced is a quick and easy process that won’t break the bank. Give us a call today to schedule a time that works for you to have your sidewalk replaced!  We can be reached at at (248) 379-0250 or (586) 726-6091.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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