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Trusted Saskatoon Team Brags about Liftech Concrete Leveling a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc to the Saskatoon Contractors, Exteriors & Roofing Category. Liftech Concrete Leveling is your go-to Trusted Saskatoon Contractor for lifting and leveling sunken and uneven concrete. Get to know all they do and meet the people behind the business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article welcoming a new partner to our Saskatoon community of locally owned businesses operate with integrity! .

Meet Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc

Scott Loucks & Jim Loucks started Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc over 10 years ago and have an outstanding community reputation. Liftech was founded in Saskatoon, a family-owned & operated company proud to call Saskatchewan home! We are so fortunate that Saskatoon is home and have decided to apply to join our Trusted Saskatoon Community so can we spread the word about their exemplary customer service, and how they continuously go above and beyond to provide accurate, and honest concrete raising, repair, and waterproofing services!

Trusted Saskatoon Concrete Lifting and Leveling Experts


So, does your property have settling concrete, cracking or sinking slabs? They can be a real eyesore and often a sign of underlying issues with the soil. If you’re wondering why your sidewalk or driveway is becoming increasingly uneven, Liftech Concrete and leveling have your solutions! Their goal is to be known throughout Saskatchewan as THE concrete leveling experts 

“Is your sinking concrete dragging down the value of your property?? 
GIVE IT A LIFT... It's a fraction of the cost of replacement!"


With over 22 years of combined experience , Scott Loucks & his Father Jim Loucks have the ULTIMATE solution for you! They are passionate about going above and beyond to provide the most accurate, and honest customer service. Their main services include concrete raising, repair, deep foaming injection and fill foaming and waterproofing.

Liftech Concrete Leveling can be the solution to many commercial and residential property owners concrete problems. We repair concrete slabs such as sinking driveways and patios, uneven sidewalks, garage and warehouse floors for a fraction of the cost of replacing the concrete. and we keep tons of old concrete out of landfills annually by repairing, instead of replacing it.
At Liftech Concrete Leveling we strive to provide our customers with service that is second to none, while leading our industry by using the latest technology, equipment and techniques.- Scott Loucks- Liftech

What Did Their Customers Say?  


When we were speaking to LIftech's customers, which is an integralpart of the Unique Trusted Verification Process, we consistently heard amazing things. Read some of the real personal testimonials from their customers below, including another of our long term Trusted Saskatoon homebuilders Decora Homes  

 “ We have been happy with all the services we have gotten from them. There are never any surprises. They are our go-to company when we need their type of services." - Dustin G, Decora Homes       

 "I called this year regarding a past quote they had provided and they came out and reconfirmed the work that needs to be done. They gave me a date and Scott and his team came out and did a great job on our driveway. It was neat seeing how the foam jacking worked. Our driveway and sidewalks look fantastic (there is one spot where it couldn't be raised anymore but that is the fault of the binding concrete and not Liftechs') The best part is the holes they drilled are tiny compared to normal mudjacking. I would say they are dime-sized. Barely noticeable after they filled them. I would definitely recommend Liftech for your mudjacking/foamjacking needs! - Ryan D, Saskatoon
"We have known Scott & Jim for 8 years. They have always been great to deal with and there is never any panic. They are the easiest company to deal with. Their communication is almost too good." - Jon A, Saskatoon 


We encourage you to visit Liftech's Trusted Saskatoon listing to read more customer reviews, see their full range of services and to find out more on their website. Questions? Simply reach out to Scott, Jim and their team about your situation. They are here to help, and all of there climes shared that they are down to earth and beyond knowledgeable! Local experts you can trust!

Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc, Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing in Lifting and Leveling Sunken and Uneven Concrete! 

Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Share About Foundation Repair Work vs Selling Your Home

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, discuss if you should see your home vs foundation repair work. 


Trying to make the decision if you should sell your home versus foundation repair can be quite a decision. If you decide to sell your home with a faulty foundation you have four options: 

Option 1: Do nothing and list as-is for a lesser amount.

Option 2: Complete the repair before putting it on the market.

Option 3: Offer credit to buyers to be used towards repairs after closing.

Option 4: Negotiate repair terms once an interested buyer has had an inspection. 

However, if you should decide you want to keep your home and do the foundation repair. Then you need to review what is causing the problem. Below is a short list of typical foundation repairs: 


Excess water around a home’s foundation from rain or flooding can saturate the soil, causing it to sink. That effect will vary at different places around the foundation, causing not only sinking but uneven sinking, including breaking up the foundation.


Drought can have just as big an impact on the foundation. The soil will dry up and shrink. This causes the foundation to settle into a reduced level of the soil. And of course, that settlement will be uneven across the foundation, causing cracks and breaks.


When planted close to the home’s foundation, roots can cause significant damage. In dry conditions, they pull out moisture, causing the soil to settle. In wet conditions, the cracks created can lead to excess moisture and even flooding in basements or crawl spaces.


In typical Saskatoon freezing conditions, the top layer of soil freezes quickly, followed by the lower levels. Unfortunately, that top frozen layer doesn’t allow the lower levels to expand as they freeze. This, in turn, pushes the top layer upward and puts pressure on the home’s foundation. Cracks and bulges are the inevitable consequences.


A home’s foundation could also suffer from poor workmanship in the original construction. For example, the concrete mix could have too much water, leaving weak cement. It could also be improperly levelled, leading to big problems over time.

At the end of the day, deciding to sell your home vs foundation repair work depends on what you want to live with. When trying to make that decision, we recommend you call Steve immediately and ask him to provide you with your options and costs

How Permanent Concrete Foundation Repairs Are From Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, discuss if concrete foundation repairs are permanent. 

Are Concrete Foundation Repairs Permanent?

Remember that not every crack, chip, or spalling is the same, and there is never such a thing as a “permanent” solution to any foundation damage! Changing soil conditions, extreme weather conditions, and a new construction project near your home can result in future foundation damage. Adding to your home’s weight, such as an attached sunroom without underpinning or otherwise strengthening a foundation can also mean eventual damage.

However, some foundation repair methods are more durable than others and should last for several decades. To better understand your foundation repair choices and their overall longevity, review below: 


Concrete piers are often installed during the pre-construction phase of homebuilding, and these help support a foundation as it’s being poured and then setting and curing. These piers are also used for sinking foundations, lifting them up and providing added support. Concrete piers are durable and last for decades.


Steel piers are similar to concrete piers but are easier to work with and can be installed more readily; concrete requires pouring while fresh, which can require disturbing far more landscaping and lawn than simple steel piers. Steel is also more impervious to moisture and added weight than concrete piers.


Helical piers look somewhat like giant screws and are screwed deeply into the earth, section by section if necessary. They are screwed into the ground until it’s proven that the area can properly hold the required bearing capacity of the structure. Helical piles are a relatively quick, economical foundational solution that provides stability and strength to foundations. They especially come in handy when there is structural damage to a foundation. 


A poly lift is also a popular way of repairing a sinking foundation; this includes injecting special polyurethane foam into the ground, under the broken foundation section. As the foam dries and hardens, it lifts the foundation into place and restores it to a level and even position. This poly foam doesn’t deteriorate or weaken over time, so it’s typically considered a permanent foundation repair solution.


Foundation crack sealants and epoxies help fill in cracks and holes that may appear in the foundation of a home. These cracks can result from many factors, including shifting soil, settling foundations, or even water erosion. Foundation crack sealant lasts for approximately 5-7 years.

While Steve has discussed are concrete foundation repairs permanent, it really depends on what is going on around your home and its foundation. We recommend if you have any concerns, call Steve.

Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Discuss Concrete Foundation Cracks

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, discuss concrete foundation cracks, and what they mean.

Concreate Foundation Cracks, What Do They Mean?

When you see a crack in your concrete slab or wall, generally your first assumption is something has been done wrong–but that’s not always the case. Concrete cracks are very common, some are even inevitable, but let’s review them:


Floor cracks in concrete slabs are relatively common and usually not worrisome on a structural level. They should be repaired to prevent common issues like moisture, insects, and damage from seeping through. When floor cracks leak, it is usually caused by hydrostatic pressure or a high water table. Therefore, sealing the crack will redirect those issues elsewhere.


Usually, a diagonal or vertical crack in the foundation wall is the result of settling in the concrete foundation and is quite common in new construction, especially if your home is built on a hill or your home has rapidly deteriorating soil conditions because of drought or heavy rainfalls. They usually run vertically or diagonally, are often located in the middle section of walls and are less than 1/8 in wide.

Frequently you will find vertical cracks in block foundations. If the crack is located closer to a corner and is wider than 1/8 in, it is probably not due to shrinkage but indicates a more serious foundation issue. It is recommended you call K & S Contracting to get it inspected as it may be a cause for concern.


Horizontal cracks that run across your foundation and/or walls are some of the most serious types your home can suffer. They indicate a severe issue with your foundation’s integrity that must be looked into.

Most horizontal cracks are caused by excessive water pressure from outside. In addition to other sources of pressure such as soil movement, it has the potential to impact your foundation’s integrity. They tend to expand and ruin the slab itself, possibly even causing it to collapse.


Stair step cracks are among the most common foundation cracks. These cracks are a clear sign of a problematic foundation. Typically, stair step cracks in a block foundation are a result of bowing walls. These cracks will be found toward the corners of the foundation, and are often found with a horizontal crack. In a block foundation, stair step cracks may also be found on the outside of the home. Stair step cracks always require further investigation in order to keep your home safe and supported.

Curious about the myths and facts of foundation repairs, check out the following post from Steve. 

Questions or concerns, about your concrete foundation cracks, and what they mean, please contact K & S Contracting. 

Carpenter and Renovations Pros at Wood FX Share Information on the Janka Hardness Scale

Wood FX Contracting is a Saskatoon family owned and operated with over 18 years experience. Their carpenters and renovation team consist of hardworking individuals ready to tackle your interior home renovations - big or small! They are on-site daily ensuring client satisfaction. In this article, they explain what the Janka Hardness Scale is. Wood FX are Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pros!

The Janka Hardness Scale

Hardwood flooring is one of the best decisions you can make when it comes to interior home design, as it is a product that never goes out of style. It’s easy to assume that all hardwood flooring is the same when it comes to durability, but this is actually quite far from the truth. Hardwood’s actual hardness is measured by something called the Janka hardness scale. Let’s take a look at what the Janka scale is and how it works.

What is the Janka Hardness Scale?

The Janka hardness scale is a way of measuring the hardness of a given piece of hardwood. It was invented in the year 1906 by an Austrian wood researcher named Gabriel Janka, and it is an adaptation of the Brinell hardness test for metals. In order to better understand the Janka scale, you first need to know how the Brinell test works. The Brinell hardness test is used to test metal materials that are too coarse or rough to be tested by other means. The test involves a steel ball with a 10mm diameter being pressed into the material’s surface under 3,000 kgs of pressure. The resulting indentation is then examined to determine the hardness of the material.

How Does the Janka Hardness Scale Work?

The Janka hardness scale works in a very similar way to the Brinell test. It measures the pounds of force (lbf) it takes to drive an 11.28 mm diameter steel ball halfway into the surface of a slab of hardwood. A test done on the surface of a board, perpendicular to the grain is called a test of “side hardness”, while the same test being performed on the cut surface of a stump is called a test of “end hardness”. Every hardwood board will not yield the same test result, seeing as the hardness of wood varies with the direction of the wood grain, and will be different from one board to another. While durability issues come up when we look at different types of wood grains, there is usually not much deviation when it comes to differences in separate types of wood material, as estimates usually find the difference to be about plus or minus 10%.

Why is a Janka Hardness Rating Important?

Hardwood flooring is a big investment and will typically cost you a pretty penny, so you’ll want to make sure you are getting top quality wood that is not going to deteriorate or wear down after a few short years. While wood with a low Janka rating can still serve you just fine, it is only going to do so if you live a quieter lifestyle that does not involve your home seeing heavy foot traffic. If you have children and/or pets, try to find hardwood with a higher Janka score. A Janka hardness rating is going to give you a great indication of what kind of wear and tear your hardwood is going to be able to handle, helping you make a smarter decision when it comes to making a purchase.

Any questions about hardwood installation or maintaining your hardwood contact Wood FX Contracting! Wood FX is a Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pro!


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