If you need to know what is inside your concrete before you start your project, then you have two main options: Ground penetrating radar and concrete x-ray. Both options have their pros and cons and both are good for certain situations and not others. Read on to learn more and then reach out to Subsurface Imaging at 866-997-2327 if you would like to take advantage of our expertise.
Comparing the cost
Put simply, ground penetrating radar is going to be more affordable than concrete x-ray services. Does this mean that you should always use ground penetrating radar? Of course not. There are instances where you will absolutely need the benefits of x-ray services. However, we know that cost will always be at least one factor.
They both have the same basic function
At its core, the function of concrete x-ray and GPR are the same: They can determine the location of what is inside cement. If all you need to know is whether or not there is something inside the cement, or you know there is something inside and you just need to know the location, then GPR may be good enough. X-ray is generally used when more specialized needs are apparent.
There are serious advantages to using concrete x-raying
There are a number of reasons that concrete x-raying may be the best option. For example, it can differentiate between similar materials, while GPR cannot. It can locate plastic conduit, while GPR cannot. The accuracy is higher and we strongly recommend it if your project requires more specific information about what material is inside the concrete.
GPR has its own advantages
In addition to being more affordable than concrete x-raying, there are a few other things that may make GPR the better choice for you. First of all, it can determine depth. While concrete x-raying can tell you what is inside the concrete and where it is, it cannot tell you how deep it is. Next, GPR only requires one-sided access while concrete x-raying requires two-sided access. Finally, in the time it takes concrete imaging to inspect a space that is 10” x 12”, GPR can inspect a space that is 48” x 48”. As a result, it is often a good choice for projects that are either time sensitive or have a lot of space to be covered.
Contact us now and let us help you with your concrete imaging needs
Whether you need GPR or concrete imaging, we are here to help. If you are still not sure which option is right for your needs, then we can help with that too. Our only goal is to ensure that you get the best services. If that means recommending a less expensive option then we are happy to do that. Reach out today at 866-997-2327 and let us get started.