What Is the Purpose of Expansion and Control 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 Are Expansion and Control Joints and What Are They Used For?
Concrete flooring slabs have joints cut into them to reduce stress cracks when the concrete cures. The two most common types of joints are expansion joints (these are cut at the full depth of the slab) and control joints (which are typically cut 2″ deep to reduce stress cracks). 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 and control joints allow your floors to handle the stress of these activities and minimize cracking. Did you know they also protect the overall structural soundness and design?
If your joints are not filed properly or the joint-fill has deteriorated over time and wear, 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 joint 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. Then 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.
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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Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.