We agree, the end look of new concrete is better vs repaired concrete. However, ground movement and trip hazards are so frequent and common; it is simply impossible to have an effective trip hazard program through replacement.
This is for many reasons, but the main ones:
- Cost: Replacement is up to 10x more expensive than our slicing repairs. It simply isn’t affordable to replace every trip hazard with a new surface, and your budget would be gobbled up in a flash. Our slicing routine maintenance approach ensures the lifespan of your external surface investment is prolonged for as long as possible.
- Practicality: Replacement works are a far bigger project, and areas need to be blocked off and left once works completely set. Pathways and surfaces replaced are out of action for a prolonged period ensuring increased disruption.
- Not environmentally friendly: Replacement works results in more concrete going to landfill and more fuel and water being consumed. As an example; removing and replacing 100 concrete panels results in approximately 59 tonnes of concrete being removed (average panel weight of 538 kg). Using “Safe Footpaths” slicing method for 100 trip hazards results in 0.3 tonnes of concrete removed and recycled, approximately 530 litres of fuel saved, and a reduction of 1.3 metric tonnes of Co2. We are very proud that our approach is much better on the environment.