Is your concrete floor showing signs of its age? Perhaps your driveway is looking a little worse for the wear or your pool deck needs a facelift. Regardless of where your concrete surface is located, there are several options available to help you improve its look and add more longevity. What concrete resurfacing options are available for your concrete surfaces? Let’s take a look at a few of your choices.
Before you start looking at resurfacing options, you need to make sure that your concrete can be resurfaced. While virtually any concrete surface can be resurfaced, you have to make sure that your application is structurally sound. Resurfacing usually requires adding an overlay to the top of your concrete, or modifying the existing concrete. While it will freshen it up and add new life, it cannot help crumbling concrete that needs to be replaced.
Perhaps the most flexible way to resurface your concrete is with a concrete overlay. These overlays are made from a special polymerized material and are applied directly to the top of your old concrete. You can stamp overlays, color them, stain them and shape them in myriad ways. Overlays can be used indoors or out, which makes them ideal solutions for pretty much any situation from finishing out your basement to revitalizing your pool deck and everything in between. Overlays are fast, efficient and cost effective as well, particularly in comparison with new pours.
If you just want to breathe a little more life into your concrete while not worrying about any cracks or chips in your existing application, then staining is a great option. Acid staining uses hydrochloric acid and mineral salts to penetrate the concrete and create unique colors and patterns. You’ll find that you can achieve virtually any color you might want, from red to blue and even black. Because the stain is translucent, rather than opaque, you’ll also benefit from unique patterning effects within the concrete.
Stenciling is a bit like staining, and can help you add new life to your existing concrete application. These are usually done when concrete is first poured, but can be done at any point afterward with the right steps. Stenciling is ideal for indoor areas, but you can use them outside as well. Finally, you can achieve virtually any look, from abstract geometric designs to intricate oriental or Arabian patterns with the right steps, though it’s highly recommended that you use a licensed contractor for this type of work.
Engraving is yet another option for resurfacing your existing concrete. Engraving can be used to create beautiful patterns and colors on indoor or outdoor concrete, and requires that the concrete be acid etched before the engraving starts. You’ll need to hire a specialized contractor for the engraving process, as unique tools are required to create the effect.
As you can see, there are quite a few ways that you can resurface your existing concrete, from overlays to engraving and more.