Increasing the Live Load of a Structure

Concrete EnlargementsMany times, the need arises for a preexisting elevated structure to increase its load bearing weight. Whether this is because the structure is old and has experienced compromised structural integrity, or if a structure is becoming more widely used than initially thought, Texas Strengthening Technologies can ensure the structure is safe no matter the load size. Though this sounds like a job that would involve excavation and demolition of the preexisting structure, Texas Strengthening Technologies can increase the weight with a different technique. 

Once your structure is assessed by Texas Strengthening Technologies, we come to your property and enlarge beams and columns by adding concrete. Doing this makes the beams and columns bigger and stronger, thus able to hold more weight. But adding concrete to a support beam or column involves using a special method. 

Adding concrete to a beam or column is all about surface prep. Before we can enlarge the support surface, we install formwork. The formwork must be air tight in order for the new concrete to bond to the old. Once the formwork is complete, we pump self - consolidating concrete mix into the formwork, so that the new concrete forms an intimate bond with the existing concrete. 

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