Quality commercial trip hazard repair from a reputable and experience sidewalk repair contractors can provide a number of benefits for commercial property owners. By using state-of-the-art concrete cutting technology, sidewalk contractors do not need to fully replace sidewalk panels.
This allows property management companies and municipalities to have their concrete sidewalks repaired and ADA compliant. Damaged concrete sidewalks will always produce trip hazards that can be a major hazard for anyone using the sidewalk.
Trip hazards are referred to in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). ADA defines a trip hazard as “any vertical change on a surface over ¼ inches”.
This allows individuals living with disabilities to easily navigate through public spaces. Continue reading to learn more about ADA and how sidewalk trip hazard repair can help a commercial property or municipality stay compliant.
Who Do Trip Hazards Affect?
The regulations found in the ADA affect all federal, state, and county municipal facilities including commercial properties. These properties are responsible for maintaining their concrete sidewalks and repairing any trip hazards that may develop.
Concrete sidewalk trip hazards generally develop on cracks or joints in the walkway. If the trip hazard is ignored, it will slowly deteriorate and make walking on the surface difficult and hazardous.
It is important to remember that any property that does not adhere to the regulations of the ADA is likely to have a liability case against them some point in the future. These cases can quickly spiral out of control and end up costing far more than simply hiring a contractor for commercial trip hazard repair and removal.
Although routine maintenance will not remove existing trip hazards, addressing the trip hazards will reduce the regularity of future maintenance.
How Are Trip Hazards Removed?
There are a number of techniques used to address trip hazards. Some of these methods include concrete grinders, total sidewalk replacement, and scarifiers. Complete sidewalk replacement is by far the most expensive and time-consuming of the three methods.
Fortunately, most trip hazards will not require complete sidewalk replacement. It is important to note that some of these methods have their own limitations. Scarifiers and grinders have limited availability and are difficult to handle.
Sidewalk grinding is unable to reach the far corners of a concrete sidewalk panel. It is also known to leave noticeable markings on the concrete surface making it unappealing.
The best-known method involves what is called concrete cutting. The concrete cutting method uses precise horizontal cutting equipment to completely remove trip hazards.
The result is an aesthetically pleasing cut that can be performed from any angle with extreme precision. Concrete cutting is not only the superior method but is also very affordable.
In South Florida, Florida Sidewalk Solutions can provide commercial and municipal properties with quality trip hazard repair. Our team of expert contractors serves Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach County, and beyond.
Contact us today to protect your property from liabilities while saving time and money.
Commercial Trip Hazard Repair
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