Sidewalk Raising & Leveling

Acme Concrete Raises Sunken Sidewalks

Acme Concrete Raising & Repair specializes in raising and leveling sunken sidewalks. We repair trip hazards, drainage issues and bring your walkways back into code quickly and economically.

Our goal is to provide quality concrete leveling work and get your sidewalks back in shape without breaking the bank. Our team of professionals uses cutting-edge technology to lift your uneven sidewalk or walkway to its original level.

Uneven Sidewalks? Acme Can Fix Them!

Excessive step heights and tripping hazards caused by uneven sidewalks are regularly identified in annual commercial property inspections and during home inspections when you are trying to sell your property.  Sunken, settled sidewalks can cause a variety of problems, including local building code violations, and require immediate concrete raising and leveling to avoid expensive property repairs and costly liability suits.

If you’ve searched ‘sidewalk leveling near me’, you surely have seen us. Acme Concrete is a regional specialist in supporting, raising, leveling, and lifting concrete sidewalks and walkways in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. Many of our concrete repair projects are complete within a few hours and you can use your sidewalk or walkway as soon as we’re done. Call Acme Concrete Raising & Repair at 815-264-2200 or contact us online and schedule a property evaluation.

We use expanding polyurethane foam, enabling us to hide drill holes better than other methods. Though it makes fixing a square foot of concrete slab a bit more expensive than mud jacking, it is the most long-lasting option in the long run. We effectively level concrete at an affordable cost and with the best materials in the market.

Replacing the concrete slabs might be needed if the existing concrete slab has sunk too low or has been damaged too much. In that case, we will suggest contacting a concrete installation company for a new concrete sidewalk.

Common Sidewalk Problems for Homeowners & Businesses

Inappropriate step height, raised sections and drop-offs can cause expensive property damage, result in hazardous trip and fall situations, especially for the elderly and young, and expose your property to liability. The most common issues caused by uneven sidewalks and walkways include:

  1. Water pitching toward the home or building. Improper grading can cause poor water drainage which is a common cause of floods.
  2. Uneven and damaged expansion joints can easily cause hazardous tripping areas.
  3. Step height issues which result in obstacles for visitors, carriers, and couriers.
  4. Tree roots can cause significant damage like uneven sections to your sidewalks and walkways.

Sidewalk and Subbase Repairs

Subbase settlement or erosion can result in an uneven support structure beneath your walkways and sidewalks. When concrete slabs sink often times stress cracks can appear at control joints and other areas. It is important to stabilize and restore structural integrity to prevent exposing the foundation of your building to the elements and prevent trip hazards.

Our Smart Lift System for leveling settled concrete, is a fast, economical, and non-invasive way to achieve long-lasting concrete repairs. Learn more about our modern polyurethane foam injection and concrete raising process by reviewing frequently asked questions about our concrete raising process!

Before & After Concrete Sidewalk Repairs

Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself! We have an extensive collection of before and after photos as well as actual video clips of our company raising concrete walkways in the Chicago area. Take a look below at our process to see how we can save your sidewalk. No matter how difficult the repair or lift, Acme Concrete contractors have proven experience in residential concrete repaircommercial property leveling services and non-invasive concrete raising services for municipalities.

What are the different pricing averages for different sidewalk leveling situations?

Concrete leveling offers significant cost savings compared to complete replacement, with potential savings of up to 70%. The pricing for different concrete leveling situations can vary based on several factors. Here is an estimated overview of pricing averages for sidewalks and walkways in various scenarios:

1. Basic Sidewalk Concrete Leveling Repair: This typically costs around $450 – $650. It is suitable for cases where 3-5 sidewalk panels have started sinking but with minimal cracking.

2. Large Sidewalk Concrete Leveling Repair: For situations involving 6-8 sinking sidewalk panels with a few large cracks, the average price is approximately $650 – $850.

3. Extensive Sidewalk Concrete Leveling Repair: When the settlement extends to 9 or more sidewalk panels with multiple cracks, the average cost typically starts at $1,000 or more.

It is important to note that the specific pricing for concrete leveling can only be determined accurately by an experienced professional after inspecting the area. Factors such as the extent of sinking, the number of cracks, and other variables will be taken into account. To learn more about concrete leveling pricing and get an accurate estimate for your specific situation, it is recommended to consult with an Acme Concrete Raising & Repair expert.

Things to consider when comparing concrete leveling quotes

What warranty considerations should be taken into account?

Prioritize understanding the terms and conditions of the warranty offered by the concrete leveling company. Be sure to closely read the fine print. Many companies have a great “sound bite” for their warranty, but fail to deliver when something goes wrong through tricky language and limitations.

What type of material should be used for concrete leveling?

Ensure that highway grade polyurethane specifically engineered for raising concrete is being used, as materials like sand, cement, and limestone may reduce costs but compromise the longevity of the repair. Also, you should avoid companies relying on cheaply made, generic polyurethane. Low grade polyurethanes only benefit the installer due to their high-yield and low cost.

How should overage fees and pricing per pound be considered?

Be cautious of companies that may charge additional fees if more polyurethane is needed than estimated. Verify that the initial estimate was realistic and that any additional fees are fair to avoid unexpected cost hikes. Acme has a long time history of providing accurate estimates. We’re also really good at identifying projects up front that may have the potential for needing additional material. We discuss these issues from the start so our customers are not surprised if a change occurs.

Are you being “up sold” on crack and joint repairs in addition to concrete lifting?

If we’re asked about sealing joints and cracks, we typically inform people that those services cannot hurt the longevity of the lifted concrete. However, sealants are not typically “crucial” to the repair. This is particularly true with sidewalks. A logical assessment concludes that sidewalks are typically much longer than they are wide. These long edges bordering soil or landscaping are impossible to protect with sealant. Water is getting beneath the slab regardless. The question becomes…how much benefit are you getting from sealing all the sidewalk joints, especially if they’re very small? Be on the lookout for contractors trying to scare you into additional services, and worse yet, limiting their warranty based on your purchase of these services.

Have Settled Concrete? Check out each page below to see where Acme Concrete has fixed specific problems just like yours and reach out today!

What are some typical projects and their average costs for raising concrete?

How can one estimate a ballpark price for concrete lifting based on the size of the sections and the amount needed to lift?

A quick way to estimate a ballpark price for concrete lifting is to consider that each section of driveway or patio, assuming approximate dimensions of 8’ x 10’ sections, costs around $175 – $250 per inch needed to lift. This estimation method can help in getting a general idea of the potential cost based on the size and amount of lifting required.

What are some challenging conditions that may require more time and effort?

Concrete lifting projects that involve aspects like slabs requiring saw cutting, the use of hydraulic jacks, or concrete with lots of cracks can be trickier and may require extra time and effort. The price for such projects will reflect the additional work needed to lift these challenging areas.

What other factors can affect the cost of raising concrete?

The cost of raising concrete can be influenced by factors like the size of the area to be lifted, the amount of settling, the type of concrete, as well the presence of voids that must be filled. These factors can impact the time and effort required, thus affecting the overall cost.


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