Why is My Concrete Balcony Deteriorating? Common Causes and Easy Balcony Repairs
Determine if You Need Balcony Restoration Work
Balconies are not accessible for year-round enjoyment in Ontario like they are in some warmer areas of the world, so when they can be enjoyed, you want to make the most out of them. A long period without use can lead to signs of damage being overlooked. Take some time to periodically check in on your concrete balcony year-round and note any changes or deterioration. Signs of trouble include rust stains, cracks on the deck, peeling coatings, peeling paint, sealant failure, and loose or broken railings.
If you notice any of these issues or would like a professional to take a look at your balcony, contact the professionals at Zero Defects. Our technicians are fully trained and have years of experience with repairs that maintain the value of your building. From full heritage building restoration to Balcony Rehabilitation, no job is too big or small. Our experts can take a look and ensure your balcony is safe, durable, and at its best in time for the next patio season.
Common Causes of Concrete Balcony Deterioration
Wondering what caused your balcony to crumble, crack, or peel? A professional assessment may be required to identify the exact issue, but there are some common causes that our contractors encounter when it comes to balcony deterioration. These are the usual culprits that, thankfully, are avoidable:
- Waterproofing – If the slab tops and sides of your balcony are not treated or waterproofed correctly, it can lead to a much shorter lifespan. Without waterproofing, concrete can be more vulnerable to damages from moisture, freezing, and thawing.
- Sealing – Joint areas where the balcony meets your home or building and where railing posts attach need to be sealed with extra attention and care. The adjoining materials are more exposed and are prone to damages if the proper sealant is not used. It is a good idea to ‘touch up’ these areas from time to time.
- Rust – Rebar that has rusted, become exposed, or is near the top of the surface of the balcony can cause issues and lead to a faster deterioration.
- Cracks – Cracks or voids should be sealed as soon as you notice them in the balcony slab. If left unattended, they will expand more quickly and can lead to structural issues. Even if the crack seems small, it should be addressed before it can progress.
- Waterproofing Part 2 – Deck tiles, carpets, and other ground coverings can really improve the appearance of your balcony and help to create a more welcoming outdoor living space. They can also cause damage if the slab underneath these coverings is not appropriately waterproofed.
If you notice any signs of damage, contact the experienced balcony restoration professionals at Zero Defects. We can provide a thorough assessment and recommend a course of action to maintain the safety, stability, and value of your property. Balcony repairs are completed with a focus on longevity to give you confidence in your balcony for years to come.