Of all the paving materials in the world, concrete is the most reliable and versatile. It is for this reason that contractors prefer it over others. However, just like any material in the world, concrete can get ugly and damaged as it ages or when it is impacted by something harmful. There is no need to panic, though. There are affordable alternatives to a re-pour. Decorative concrete services in Plymouth Meeting, PA are highly recommended for remodeling patios, pool decks, driveways, garage floors, and other concrete surfaces. Read on to learn more about decorative concrete.
Decorative Concrete Options
- Concrete Resurfacing
You may not know it yet but resurfacing can significantly change your surroundings. It can make a business building look more sophisticated and it can turn a very simple restaurant into a classy joint. That is the reason why you should consider checking out all the decorative concrete resurfacing services being offered in Plymouth Meeting.
Concrete design is a very complicated art. The concrete, aside from looking good, must also meet certain specifications in order to be considered functional: it must have increased compressive strength and decreased tensile strength, it must shrink slowly as it dries up and matures and must be able to handle the tension and shrinkage without having too many cracks.
- Concrete Overlaying
If you need a concrete repair service without spending too much money or more resources for a re-installation, you can try concrete overlaying. All you have to do is contact a decorative concrete company so that your floors can be treated. You can ask for a quote or have your place inspected so that you will know how much you have to spend. Do not feel bad about the expense you have to pay for this project. After all, there is nothing wrong with wanting to give your floors a little boost especially if it could help liven up the atmosphere of your home and office.
Concrete Resurfacing and Refinishing Services
- Stamped Concrete Overlay
Investing in stamped concrete is a good way to give your home or office building a very homey look. Through this process, your floors will take on a classic brick-like look. This will be achieved by adding colors and textures to the concrete. With the help of a professional who can mix the right colors and choose the right texture, you can make your floor look like stone, wood, cobblestone, brick, slate and other designs that may compliment the look of your home and office. It is up to you to choose from a wide variety of patterns and designs. You can even ask for a custom design if you want your floor to have a unique look.
- Stained Concrete
Concrete staining is a good way to add color to otherwise boring slabs of concrete in your floor. There are three ways to achieve this look: first is through concrete dyeing and secondly is through acid staining, and last is through water-based staining.
Concrete dyeing is a whole lot cheaper because it only uses printing inks dissolved in a solution that will help the concrete absorb the dye permanently. Although the results that can be achieved are not as colorful as the ones you can get from acid staining, this process is still worth a try. After the dyeing is done, you only have to wait a few weeks for the multiple hues to turn out.
Acid staining, on the other hand, relies on a chemical reaction to achieve the desired effect. A solution which consists of mineral salts, muriatic acid and water will be applied to the concrete will give it an earth-toned hue that will make it more appealing to the eyes. The colors that will come out on an acid stained concrete will depend on how long the concrete was exposed to the solution. After the desired effect is achieved, the solution will be washed off and later neutralized by baking soda or ammonia. When the concrete is already back to its normal ph level, it will be washed again.
Unlike acid staining and concrete dyeing, the desired effect in water-based staining is achieved by coating the concrete with a water-based solution that contains agents that will bond with the concrete. It is much cheaper and easier compared to the two because it only requires epoxy, acrylic or polymer based products.
- Sundek Classic Texture
Pool decks require a surface that is safe, slip-resistant, cool to the touch, and appealing. Sundek Classic Texture is a coating that is sprayed on an existing concrete pool deck and then troweled by hand. It creates a stucco-like finishing that makes it safe against slips and falls. It also stays 30% cooler on the surface than other pool deck materials.
- Epoxy Flooring & Polyurea Polyaspartic
Epoxy is a two-part material is durable enough to protect a concrete slab from most types of floor damage caused by impact, foot and vehicular traffic, abrasion, and more. This requires a professional install because it is quite sensitive to temperature and moisture. Epoxy is perfect for use on garage floors and most indoor floors. Polyurea Polyaspartic coating, on the other hand, was originally made for use on industrial floors but its quick-drying feature made it a popular for residential and commercial use.
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Whether you are looking into upgrading concrete driveways, patios, or any other concrete floors, it is important to work only with an experienced decorative concrete contractor in Plymouth Meeting. The team of Sundek of PA installers has been working on different concrete surfaces both in residential homes and commercial establishments. Do you have ideas or inquiries? Want a price quote? Give us a call. We’ll give it to you fast and free.