What do you want from your driveway? Many of us don’t think of what we want out of our driveway, but likely you want it to look good, to be functional, and to be safe. When concrete on our driveways or other areas is giving you issues, like sunken panels, you have lost all three of the items you want out of it. Sunken panels look bad, are a tripping and safety hazard, and take away functionality.
When you have sunken concrete, you need to get it fixed. Luckily, if the concrete is still sound, you can have it jacked back into place without having to destroy and replace any concrete. There are two schools of fixing a panel this way, mudjacking and concrete raising.
Both mudjacking and leveling are effective methods to fix sunken concrete, so which one is better for you and your driveway?
Mudjacking vs. Concrete Levelling
What is Mudjacking?
Mudjacking pumps a slurry composed of water, sand, and other compounds such as cement underneath the sunken panel to jack it into its proper place.
Benefits of Mudjacking
- Inexpensive: Mudjacking usually costs half of what replacing concrete does.
- Efficient: Most mudjacking jobs only take one day, and you can drive on the area a few hours after the job is complete.
- Low-Impact: Mudjacking will keep the job isolated to the area that needs to be fixed.
Disadvantages of Mudjacking
- Holes in the driveway: Mudjacking will drill holes in your driveway to pump in the slurry. These holes need to be fixed before the job is complete, but you will still be able to see them.
- Heavy slurry: The slurry from mudjacking is very heavy and may put stress on the surrounding soil and area.
- Incomplete: The slurry may not be able to fill the void underneath the concrete depending on the type of soil and the slurry’s thickness.
- Temporary: While mudjacking won’t last as long as replacement, it does last several years
What is Concrete Levelling?
Concrete leveling works like mudjacking, but the key difference is in what gets pumped under your concrete. While mudjackers use a slurry, concrete levelers use polyurethane foam to fill the void under the concrete to jack it back into place.
Benefits of Concrete Levelling
- Light Foam: The foam used in leveling is much lighter than slurry used in mudjacking. This puts less stress on the surrounding soil and environment.
- It Lasts: Levelling has been proven to last several years
- A Complete Job: The consistency of the foam does a better job at filling voids than mudjacking slurry.
- Low Impact: Like mudjacking, you don’t have to worry about your whole property becoming a mess. The holes used to pump the foam are fewer in number and smaller in diameter compared to mudjacking.
- Efficient: Most leveling jobs also take one day.
Disadvantages of Concrete Levelling
Much more expensive than mudjacking, but still less expensive than replacement in most cases.
When it comes to mudjacking vs. concrete leveling, what you choose will often depend on your budget. Mudjacking is a less effective method but is much less expensive than concrete leveling. Meet with a mudjacking company or concrete leveling company to see what will be the best fit for you.