There are a lot of people that are believing that the only solution to make your old discolored or cracked concrete surface to look more appealing is to remove and replace the concrete. But there are actually a number of options to makeover an old or discolored concrete than just tearing out the old concrete and install a new one.
First thing that you should take note is if you can do a resurfacing on the concrete surface.
Before you consider doing something, you need to make sure first that the concrete can be resurfaced. This process does not have any difficult steps. You only need to check the concrete surface and see to it that it is still in good condition. If there will be some deep, widespread, or large cracks, or some damage or heaving from thaw/freeze conditions, or if the soils have started to settle, then the concrete will not be suitable for resurfacing. You should look for a concrete professional to inspect the concrete surface if you do not have any idea on what to do.
Overlays – there are different types of this option that can produce various patterns. One of the choices are the stampable overlays that will copy how a natural stone or brick will appear. You can also choose the microtoppings that will produce a troweled textured or smooth finish. If you want the thickest and smooth even surface, then you should consider the self-leveling overlays. But if you are looking for a very durable, textured, and skid resistant surface, then you should consider the spray down overlays.
Staining – you will not only produce a concrete surface with a solid color. Your concrete surface will also have a semitransparent color that will copy the look of polished marble or a stained wood because the stain will seep into the concrete.
Decorative Stencils – you can create a stenciled concrete pattern on an existing concrete by placing the stencil over the surface and apply a thin decorative coating. The stencil will show some parts of the concrete to the coating and will block the other parts to produce the pattern that you want.
Saw cutting – if you want to create different patterns on your concrete surface, then you should consider this method. Once the concrete is hardened, it will be saw cut. The pattern will be stained after that in order to create a contrast with the concrete.
Engraving or etching – special tools are needed in order to create some designs into the concrete surface. This is not like the overlays because this is considered as a permanent surface treatment since you will be carving the surface with a pattern. You also have the option to do some striking or staining after that. Click now to learn more.
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