Repairing Vs Replacing Loading Dock Concrete

Loading dock areas must be safe and sound for anyone working there. Over time a loading dock sees high traffic and supports incredible amounts of weight from equipment, trucks, people, and cargo. Eventually, loading docks must be repaired or replaced, so how do you know which option is the right one for the issues you’re having? Keep reading to find out more.

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Should You Choose To Repair?

If you want to preserve your current loading dock and save money, the most sensible option is to repair the dock. However, there are some things to consider before making your decision.

First, you must assess the damage and determine if repair is the safest solution. Although repair is generally cheaper, you may need to replace it in some cases to remedy the situation more effectively.

If your business is in New Jersey, the best course of action is to call a professional company for concrete loading dock repair in South Jersey to inspect the site and give you an assessment, feedback, and a quote for their services. According to the contractor’s assessments, here are some primary safety issues to identify and determine if you need to repair or replace.

  • Barrier and Bollards: These sections of your loading dock are designed to protect people and your valuable equipment. If they are damaged, you must have them replaced to ensure safety.
  • Loading Dock Bumper: If the concrete at the loading dock bumper area is damaged, it needs immediate attention. Damage occurs over time resulting from impacts and natural deterioration. You’ll begin to notice cracks or missing pieces of concrete as a result. This is also a significant safety hazard and can damage trucks, equipment, and cargo.
  • Dock Leveler Rear Curb Angle: the rear curb angle is the single attachment of the dock leveler to your building. If the concrete at the rear cur angle is compromised the dock leveler can pull forward and create a hazardous situation for the fork truck operator as well as damage to the dock leveler. Rear curb angles should be periodically inspected and replaced as required.
  • Drains: Although it may seem minor, drain damage may cause expensive and dangerous problems. Keeping your drain in good repair helps prevent additional issues resulting in safety risks.
  • Surface and Expansion Joint Cracks: Loading docks are specially engineered with expansion joints to accommodate the expansion and contraction of concrete at the loading dock. However, they require periodic repairs to keep them functioning adequately and prevent other problems.
  • Spills: When spilled on the loading dock, chemicals can soften the concrete and create conditions ideal for erosion. Cracks, holes, and missing chunks of concrete can appear as a result.

Making A Decision

When you use a professional loading dock service in South Jersey to advise you and perform repairs, you’ll get the insight you need to make the best choice. Sometimes older loading docks in areas that haven’t been used for some time or exposed to extreme conditions may need a complete pit replacement. Your contractor can give you the full details and information to support their recommendations. If you’re ready to get your assessment and quote, contact us at Stokes Equipment today.