Adding beauty, durability, resilience, extra life and color to your cement is as simple as finding a good concrete resurfacing system. However, while it sounds simple, it can be a bit more complicated. There are numerous systems on the market today, and they’re not all created equal. Some are ideal for indoor applications, while others are designed for outdoor use, or for either purpose. Finding the perfect concrete resurfacing solution for your specific situation is important, and the guide below will help you do that.
You will find that all concrete resurfacing systems come with some sort of maintenance requirements. While these overlays are highly durable, you need to know what sort of cleaning and resealing schedule to follow. Ask the contractor upfront for all of this information. Systems with the lowest maintenance requirements will have the fewest ongoing costs.
The location where your overlay will be located will be another huge consideration here. Specifically, you want to look at the conditions it will be exposed to. If you’ll be doing concrete resurfacing on an exterior area, make sure the overlay is capable of handling summer heat, freezing temperatures, rain, direct sun and more without damage. If you’ll be having the floor in your home resurfaced, you might consider how slip resistant it is, or how well it holds up against spills. If you’ll be resurfacing your garage floor, make sure the overlay is capable of resisting oil and other corrosive liquids.
The Cost Factor
For most people, the single largest consideration in choosing a concrete resurfacing system will be the cost. However, there’s more than one cost you need to consider. You need to know the total cost for the entire project, including any embellishments, stamping, staining or other aesthetic additions. Get a final cost for all decorative elements before you make any final decision. Remember – the more elements you choose or the more intricate your design is, the higher the final price tag will be. You should also make sure that the contractor provides you with information about ongoing costs (the cost of regular sealing, etc.).
Finally, make sure that you take a long, hard look at the existing surface. The type of concrete resurfacing system you choose needs to work with the type of surface you have. For instance, if your cement is cracked and damaged, you’ll need to opt for something that can be applied with a greater thickness, such as self-leveling or underlayment. If there is extensive damage to your existing cement, ask your contractor for his or her professional opinion about full replacement rather than an overlay solution.
Following these steps will help ensure that you not only find a quality concrete resurfacing system, but that you don’t overpay for something you need or apply an overlay to an existing surface that needs extensive repairs first. Resurfacing your cement can be an excellent way to add life and style to your cement, but you have to go about it the right way.