Posts By: Mark Donaldson
Concrete resurfacing is one of the most popular methods of restoring concrete surfaces, both indoors and out. It is a way to make old and worn concrete look new again. It is also a way to cover up minor damage in a less expensive way. It is but natural for homeowners to ask if it is a reliable option. A thin layer of overlay or coating on an old concrete does not seem like it would adhere and last long enough. Does concrete resurfacing work? It would…
…if the old slab is in good shape
There is a certain degree of damage that a resurfacing can resolve. A slab with several large and deep cracks and holes might be better off removed and replaced with a new pour. An overlay or coating would work best on a surface with zero to minimal damage.
…if the concrete surface is properly prepared
Surface preparation is a very important part of the resurfacing process. Any damage must be repaired, any debris disposed of, and any furniture removed. For structurally sound concrete, the surface is cleaned to make sure that it is free from dirt that could affect the adherence of the overlay or coating.
…if the proper concrete resurfacing material is used
There are different types of overlays and coatings available. You must choose based on where it would be installed, the look you are going for, and other attributes that you find necessary, such as slip-resistance. Make sure to take time to get to know each option until you find the right material.
…if the weather is just right
Although some resurfacing materials are not as temperature-sensitive as others, it is still important to consider the weather. Cold wind could slow down the drying process. Tremendous heat could make the overlay dry up prematurely. Rain could soak the material and wash it away before it even dries. Improper drying could cause cracking, flaking, and peeling.
…if done by a professional
Even if you think you can do a DIY, it is highly recommended to hire a pro when it comes to resurfacing a concrete surface. A licensed and experienced contractor would be able to install the material properly, following the proper process and using the right tools and equipment. Also, a contractor’s work comes with a warranty. So, you can rest assured that your old concrete surfaces would definitely be enhanced both in form and function.
You never really know whether a resurfacing material worked or not unless you give it a try and see how long it lasts. If you ensure the things mentioned above, then the chances of it working is guaranteed.
Enhancing a pool deck doesn’t have to be something that involves the use of expensive materials and complicated work. A mere layer or two of concrete pool deck paint or stain could immediately enhance the look at a more comfortable price. While these two share the same goal, they are two different options. Which one should you choose and why?
Pool Deck Paint: Pros and Cons
Painting is a traditional method of adding color to any concrete surface, both horizontal and vertical. It comes in a wide range of colors and paint experts can even mix them to create a custom color that matches your preference. The paint dries to an opaque finish, covering up any unsightly stain or blemish that the concrete deck may have. Patterns and designs can be customized to make the deck a creative work of art. This method of adding color to a deck is one of the easiest to apply. However, it can be quite messy so make sure that surrounding areas are protected.
The downside to paint is that it creates a thin film of color on top of the concrete deck, but does not penetrate the slab. It traps moisture in and when that happens, there is a possibility that the layer of paint would separate from the deck, causing it to bubble, flake, and peel.
Acid and Water-Based Stain: Pros and Cons
Concrete staining is a popular refinishing method that is similar to wood staining. It comes in two types: acid and water-based. Acid stains create random shades and effects that make it look like marble, stone, or even leather. No two concrete slabs react the same way so every surface is unique. Water-based stains are more consistent. Both dry to a finish that leans more to semi-translucent than opaque. Concrete stains last longer than paint because it penetrates deep within the slab. This means it won’t fade, peel, or flake off.
The process of staining is not as simple as painting the deck. It is highly recommended to hire a pro to apply the stain. For acid stains, the deck needs to be prepared to ensure proper adherence. The only minor downside to staining is how unpredictable the results are. The acid stain look will depend on how much lime and mineral the slab contains. The color may not also dry exactly as it looks on a color swatch. Make sure to test a bit of the stain on an inconspicuous spot to see how dark or light it will be when fully dry.