I have a very old garage with a totally wrecked concrete floor; it
looks a little like the freeways that endured the Northridge
earthquake. We park our cars in there, but I would like a level
I know I coul rip out the old concrete and pour new after laying a
proper base, but that's the expensive, albeit correct way.
Would this concrete (not crumbling, just cracked, heaved slabs) be a
good base for an asphalt floor?
<< Would this concrete (not crumbling, just cracked, heaved slabs) be a good
base for an asphalt floor? >>
If the substrate is that bad you will only wind up with a cracked asphalt
floor. Why waste the money?
There are real problems that need to be put right before pouring a new floor,
like poor drainage. Dividing cost by expected years of service will easily
convince you that doing it right will be much less expensive. With home
improvement interest rates as low as they now, common sense says do it right.
"Joe Bobst" > << Would this concrete (not crumbling, just cracked, heaved
slabs) be a good
My experience is that with interest rates are as low as they are, everyone
(or at least it seems like everyone) is trying to get home improvements
done. The contractors are so overwhelmed with work, that they can charge as
much as they please knowing that if you don't like their quote there are 10
other people out there desperate to get a contractor at any cost.
I wish the interest rate would skyrocket so that I could at least get a or
two contractor come out to my house to give me a quote. If I'm lucky
enough, I might be able to get a few competitive quotes.
To answer the original question regarding putting asphalt over concrete, as
I understand it that would be a bad idea since the coefficients of expansion
for the two materials are different and the asphalt would eventually come
off the concrete.
Thanks to all who replied to my query; I do appreciate the words of
wisdom and now will simply wait a while and then commence breaking up
the floor myself and figuring out whether to mix and pour my own new
concrete or contract out that job. Probably the latter.
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