Summertime Concrete Repair: PolyLevel vs. Traditional Methods

Summer is the perfect time to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off, especially concrete repairs. If your driveway, patio, or sidewalk has become uneven or cracked overtime, it’s essential to address the problem before it continues to get worse. But with so many options available, how do you choose the best method for concrete repair? Let’s compare PolyLevel with traditional methods to help you make an informed decision.

What is PolyLevel?

PolyLevel, the concrete lifting solution that TFS implements, is a modern concrete lifting technique that uses a high-density polyurethane foam. This foam is injected under the concrete slab through small, dime-sized holes. As the foam expands, it lifts the concrete back into place, providing a level and stable surface. PolyLevel is known for its quick installation and durable results.

Traditional Methods

Traditional concrete repair methods typically involve either mudjacking or complete slab replacement. 

  • Mudjacking: This process involves pumping a slurry mixture of cement, sand, and water under the concrete slab to lift it. While effective, mudjacking can be messy and time-consuming.
  • Slab Replacement: In severe cases, the damaged concrete is removed and a new slab is poured. This method is usually more expensive and takes longer to complete due to curing time.

Comparing PolyLevel and Traditional Methods

Installation Time:

  • PolyLevel: Quick and efficient, typically completed in a few hours. You can walk or drive on the repaired surface the same day.
  • Traditional Methods: Mudjacking takes longer due to the curing time of the slurry, and slab replacement can take several days to weeks, depending on the weather and curing conditions.


  • PolyLevel: The polyurethane foam is resistant to moisture and doesn’t erode over time, providing a long-lasting solution.
  • Traditional Methods: The slurry used in mudjacking can erode or wash away, potentially causing the concrete to settle again. Slab replacement, while durable, is more invasive and costly.


  • PolyLevel: Generally more cost-effective due to the quick installation and minimal disruption.
  • Traditional Methods: Mudjacking is usually cheaper upfront but may require additional repairs in the future. Slab replacement is the most expensive option due to the labor and materials involved.

Environmental Impact:

  • PolyLevel: Uses eco-friendly materials and causes minimal disruption to the surrounding area. 
  • Traditional Methods: Mudjacking slurry can be messy and potentially harmful to the environment if not contained properly. Slab replacement generates more waste and requires more resources.

Choosing the Right Method

If you need a time-efficient, durable, and cost-effective solution, PolyLevel may be the right choice for you! Summer is an excellent time to address uneven or cracked concrete surfaces. By understanding the differences between PolyLevel and traditional methods, you can make an informed decision that best suits your needs. If you’re still unsure which method is right for you, consult with a professional concrete repair specialist at TFS to assess your situation and recommend the best course of action.

For more information on the concrete repair methods we provide at TFS, contact us here or give us a call at (844) 468-4674. Our team of experts is here to help you achieve a safe and beautiful home this summer.

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