Marine Concrete Repairs Vancouver
Our marine concrete team, Vancouver Marine Concrete Repairs, has extensive experience in the repair and restoration of marine concrete structures. We serve a variety of marine structure clients which include but aren't limited to: bridges, wharfs, ship loading facilities, dams, tank inspections, piers, ship and ferry terminals, and the many ports of the lower mainland. Marine concrete structures are typically exposed to corrosive conditions, salt water contaminated with chloride, high humidity, and temperature swings which cause damage to the concrete. These structures can fail prematurely due to the reasons we just listed, and if a repair/restoration is not properly managed, it could accelerate the destruction of existing concrete and corrode steel that may be exposed. If you see any marine concrete structures that have cracks or damages, make sure to reach out an expert as soon as you can as larger damages can occur much quicker in a marine setting.
Marine Concrete Restoration Vancouver
Many things can cause damage to concrete structures and there are similarities between land and marine structures. Here's a quick list of some of the main culprits:
- Concrete that was not built well the first time around can be exposed and damaged much quicker in a marine environment. In these cases, a cost benefit will need to be done between a repair or reconstruction of the structure
- Just like how soil movement can cause damage to a concrete driveway, marine structures can become damaged from creep, shrinkage, settlement, and thermal contractions.
- In an harsh marine environment, the proper application of sealants and membranes are imperative. Whether its misapplication or failure of the sealant itself, if the concrete is exposed it can lead to accelerated damages
- Damages can be caused by traffic, equipment, or machinery
- Marine concrete can be chemically damaged by things such as de-icing salts and different types of oils which can be put on structures for periods of time dependent on weather
- The freeze thaw cycle can create localized damage to areas of your concrete over time if initial damaged spots are not taken care of
Our crew at Vancouver Marine Concrete Repairs has worked alongside many different stakeholders to ensure your concrete is in safe hands. To start any project, we first like to analyze and determine the exact root cause of the damage to your concrete. We then discuss if a repair, restoration or complete rebuild is necessary for your structure alongside any additional waterproofing work. Some marine concrete restoration projects are very time sensitive as you many only have access to the surface for specific parts of the day. It's imperative you have a crew who knows what they are doing and can work on the job with speed, accuracy, and precision.
When working in a marine environment, it is also important to make sure that a proper site setup is done to ensure debris or anything else involved in the project doesn't contaminate our marine environments. Any sealants or treatments used on the concrete must be fast setting and fast curing as tides can cover the treated surface. The type of treatment that is used will be thoroughly discussed before the project to ensure there is no possibility of material being washed or compromised in any way. Marine jobs can be tricky as there are many different factors to take into consideration. Even something as small as how to access a specific area without disrupting the surroundings need to be carefully taken a look at for a marine job.
If your concrete is spalling, cracked, or the rebar is being exposed, make sure to give our team at Vancouver Marine Concrete Repairs a call for a free estimate. Concrete in a marine environment can deteriorate quickly if damage is already present and we want to make sure any damages don't compound into an irreversible issue.