What is the Purpose of Expansion Joints in Concrete?

Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2018

What is the Purpose of Expansion Joints in Concrete?

Kaloutas has been serving the Greater New England area for over 30 years. In that time, we have moved beyond just painting and into industrial and commercial flooring. One important process in keeping your floors, work environment, and employees safe is routine maintenance to your floor expansion joints.

What exactly is an expansion joint and what is it used for?

Concrete flooring slabs are held together with a flexible joint called an expansion joint. When soil shifts underneath your floor, it can cause cracking and severe damage to your facility. Changing temperatures and heavy loads can put high stress on your floors as well. Expansion joints allow your floors to handle the stress of these activities without cracking. Did you know they also protect the overall structural soundness and design?

As cracks become more prevalent, local contaminants and debris can get into the joints and create an unsafe and unsanitary environment. This is especially true in industrial warehouses that house chemicals or other such items. Tripping hazards for employees and uneven surfaces for forklifts and heavy machinery can also become a problem. At these joint locations, chipping and gouging will occur due to heavy traffic from machinery and people, causing your joints to deteriorate. When the joints deteriorate, you will know that it is time to call someone for concrete crack repair.

At Kaloutas, we want to make sure that your workspace is both safe and productive. When we fix expansion joints, we spend time on each step to ensure that the damage has been thoroughly dealt with. First, we make certain that debris is cleared and floors are smoothed and level. The we add a flexible industrial sealant into the joint to complete the concrete slab repair.

Routinely maintaining these joints through regular facility maintenance will extend the life of your floors and keep your facility up to date.

Contact Kaloutas

Are you noticing some cracks in your floor? Have you seen chemical stains or local debris in these cracks? Would you like your floors to be inspected to make sure they are safe and up to standards? Contact Kaloutas now for a free quote. We have professionals on hand to assess, quote, and repair your floors to ensure your business is a safe, efficient, and structurally sound environment.

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