Structures to Keep an Eye on for Heat Damage

structures-to-keep-an-eye-on-for-heat-damageStructures to Keep an Eye on This Summer for Heat Damage

Texas summer heat has its own schedule, as we all know, yet the New Yorkers and Californians relocating here are just starting to figure it out. With the spike in heat and no drop within the grasp of the coming weeks, heat damage is at the brink of every home not being carefully watched. When living in Texas, there are many structures where the heat may affect your property. In this article, we will discuss a few tips and structures to keep an eye on during these extreme heat temperatures.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are structures that hold or retain soil behind it. They range in size from small terraces to hold a yard to large walls to hold up a steeper slope. Retaining walls are made of many materials, including concrete blocks or slabs, wood, rocks, and boulders. Because Texas has such volatile weather including droughts, severe cold snaps, and sudden microbursts, our soil is prone to cracking and moving. We all know what happens to your home foundation when extreme heat strikes, and because retaining walls are similar materials, they can crack, crumble, and fail. This is dangerous as rocks and dirt can hurt people and damage your property. A large rockslide can be devastating.


During a hot Texas summer, sidewalks have the potential to crack in extreme heat. Whether it’s your walkway or home or building’s foundation, concrete can be a concern when high temperatures arise. Heat causes the soil to contract, which in turn can cause damage and crack to surfaces like concrete. During extended heat waves, cracks can form and spread if left unattended. That’s why regularly checking for signs of damage is crucial when preserving your concrete during the summer.

Monument Signs

Whether your monument sign is fully concrete or contains some metal or acrylic elements, all can fall prey to extreme heat in the summer. As with retaining walls and sidewalks, keeping an eye for cracks in the base and surrounding areas of the signage is key to preventing further damage as the summer progresses. Gaps in brick and rock can also begin to form, putting the structure at risk for more damage.

Acrylic pieces within monument signs are a bit different than structural damage. One key issue to look for includes trim caps in channel letters that will break down over time with exposure to heat. Warping and discoloration are also very common with acrylic signage and few preventative measures can be taken aside from purchasing replacement pieces ahead of time to swap when the heat damage is highly noticeable.

Texas heat can cause havoc in places that you least expect it! When it comes to walls, sidewalks, and signs the best defense is early detection. It’s best to have a professional assess and repair any damages caused by the high heat. Contact us today for a maintenance inspection or if you see any signs of damage on your property. Here at Classic, we offer free inspections of your commercial and residential properties to look out for the early signs of damage and fix them quickly.

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Sidewalk Damage Repair for Multifamily and HOAs

Types of Sidewalk Damage

First and foremost, it is going to be vital to understand the different causes of sidewalk damage; shifting ground, broken concrete, and root damage. Shifting ground is caused by the large amounts of water directly under concrete that can cause the ground to shift. Broken concrete is straight forward in that the concrete is chipped or split by some type of external forces, such as heavy machinery, vehicles being repeatedly parked, or other strong force. Root damage is another straight forward type of damage and is caused by trees and shrubs with powerful root systems moving the dirt underneath the concrete or even growing directly through it. Tree roots are wide-reaching, so you may have root damage even if you don’t have trees in your immediate vicinity. If you see damage on your sidewalk give a professional call right away to fix the issues before someone gets hurt. While you wait for them to arrive be sure to mark of any damaged areas with caution tape or other signage to help notify anyone walking by that this area is unsafe.
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Getting It Estimated

Accurate estimates are important for both the homeowners or businesses and the construction company you work with – we want to do our best to make sure that you get exactly what you need with the quality you expect. Our process is simple yet thorough and we’ll make sure to cover all your needs.

1. The Walkthrough: Our team will take ample time walking every inch of the project so that we can take notes about every aspect of the damage that needs to be recovered, replaced, or added.

2. The Danger Check: Safety is our highest priority for everyone involved and in addition to the damage, we check the context of the project for possible dangers that could injure someone and make you liable for lawsuits in the future. We take the danger check very seriously, so you can rest assured that when we walk through your property, we look at every possible angle.

3. The Marks: Documentation of the damage includes not just photos, but also our team marking specific areas so that we can make sure our team has a clear path forward for the project. These marks, although not particularly beautiful, are an important part of the process that kicks off a successful repair or reconstruction project.

Repairing Sidewalks Classic Style

When it comes to repairing damaged sidewalks, our team will come to your site to replace or grind down the raised edges of your damaged concrete to effectively repair it. In same case we’ll need to replace sections of your sidewalk as well. When there is damage due to water or tree roots running beneath the concrete we’ll help identify and treat the source to prevent future damage from occurring. Even the smallest of cracks can lead to big problem be sure to call Classic at the first site of damage.

When to Call a Professional

Remember “you step on crack you break your momma’s back” so call Classic ahead of time to fix minor issues before they become big problems. Prevention is less expensive than paying medical bills, make sidewalk maintenance part of your annual inspection package. We’ll be there every step of the way ensuring your sidewalk repair process is done right. Everyone needs a team they can trust, we’ll be there on time, on budget, that’s Classic!

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Concrete Repairs: Who is responsible for repairs or replacement?

For many homeowners in an HOA community, severely cracked and damaged sidewalks and streets aren’t just a nuisance, they’re a safety hazard. And there can be a lot of confusion and drama surrounding the issue of who should be responsible for fixing up these damaged areas and making them both pretty and functional again.

When it comes to the streets, it’s clear who is responsible for the repairs. Many municipalities, Dallas included, take responsibility for street and alley repairs as these are owned by the city. These repairs are done by the Department of Public Works.

Curbs are part of the streets and as such, the repairs are also the city’s responsibility. However, curb repair or replacement is usually only done where the curb is hazardous or is causing a significant standing water problem.

damaged sidewalkAlthough we at Classic would love to give you a straight answer on who is responsible for sidewalks and walkways, the truth is that it’s not this simple. It all comes down to why or how the concrete came to be damaged. And this is where the drama comes into play.

Many homeowners assume that because the sidewalk is public property, it is a public responsibility (aka, the government’s problem). However, the truth is that many cities and municipalities hold the homeowner directly adjacent to the sidewalk responsible for its repairs.

This issue of responsibility for repairs is further complicated in HOA communities if the HOA technically owns the public spaces. Homeowners then think that the Board is responsible for making sure these eye sores are repaired, but the Board might beg to differ.

If the damaged sidewalk is causing or has the potential to cause injuries to community members, of course they want it repaired. But if the homeowner adjacent to the damaged sidewalk is responsible for the damage, they might pursue measures that would make the homeowner financially responsible for the repairs.

Examples of this would be if a homeowner is known for repeatedly driving their vehicle over the sidewalk or has planted a tree on their property where the root system would easily reach the sidewalk. Both of these actions could cause cracks and shifting of the sidewalk, which would in turn cause damage.

These are just a couple of the issues that surround concrete repairs in an HOA community, but another one we should briefly consider is the cost.

Because more municipalities across the country are placing responsibility for sidewalk repairs in homeowners’ hands, homeowners should consider upping their insurance liability coverage. This is especially true of homeowners in older communities where sidewalk cracks and damage are more likely to occur. Regardless of whether or not you are actually responsible for making the repairs, you wouldn’t want to be caught unprepared for a costly lawsuit if someone got hurt right outside your front door due to a faulty sidewalk.

According to HomeAdvisor, it can cost anywhere between $663 and $2,016 to repair a patio, residential walkway or sidewalk. These numbers are not accurate for every location across the country as they will fluctuate depending on the extent of the damage and construction prices in your area.

You should also check with your local Department of Public Works to see what the requirements are and if your city offers a cost/share program to assist with the replacement of sidewalks and driveways. Some places, like the city of Dallas, require a permit to perform sidewalk repairs/replacement, but they will also help to offset some of the costs.