In a nutshell, this is the most cost-effective way to restore your concrete and bring it back to life. Instead of having to break concrete which is time-consuming, costs money, and requires tons of manpower, this option allows you to work with what you have. You can resurface your concrete in a number of ways. Your old concrete will completely change in appearance and overall aesthetic look it gives your property.
It is a general belief amongst the public that any concrete work requires labor, time, money, and stress. Therefore, many people leave their concrete unattended and don’t ever even think of concrete resurfacing as an option. There are no studies I can reference at this point, but it would be interesting to know the average dollar amount more that your home sells for with a resurfaced floor as opposed to one without. I bet the former would fetch the higher amount.
All resurfacing options entail a different workflow, but one thing remains constant. Preparation of the target floor is always critical to ensure the proper application of your resurfacing option. This means pressure washing, fixing any cracks, taking away any discolorations, and fixing any spalls. Proper concrete repair procedure must be undertaken to allow for an overlay to come in and remain long-lasting, beautiful, and dramatically changes your floor for the better.
You can resurface anything that has concrete i.e. pool decks, driveways, walkways, lobbies, porches, patios, living rooms, parking lots, anything!
Polishing your concrete floors is a great way to resurface them. Why? Polished concrete floors are long-lasting and durable. They are easy to clean and maintain. It makes your property stand out in that it is not a common option to see especially in a private residence. Oftentimes, it is deemed mostly a commercial option that’s employed in retail stores, office lobbies, showrooms, and warehouses.
When you think of the long-term effects that polishing your floors brings, it is a no-brainer. They are resistant to all types of spills- from drinks to even car oil! They are resistant to moisture penetration avoiding any potential heaving in the future. They are very easy to clean with a mop and they don’t require constant redoing and applying new coats of stain, wax or other coatings.
And they look great!
When choosing to paint your concrete floors, its good to stay informed about your state’s ever-changing legislation about liquid coatings. There are always new products being introduced that are “organic” or biodegradable and can be a better option instead of the antiquated old paints.
As a best practice, much like painting your drywalls, layering a primer before the actual paint is advisable. There are both water and solvent primers and depending on the style of floor you choose, the options vary from each option. Always read more about your manufacturer’s products online or through any of their written material to stay informed as to what primers work best with certain paints and dyes.
Water-based vs Acid-based paints
It’s not to say that either one is better, but what each offers. Water-based paints generally offer more choice of color and texture. Some may say that acid offers a more refine and glamorous look. The acid, because of its solvency, does penetrate the concrete deeper and so the chances of peeling or chipping off are non-existent. The acid-based paints and primers do have a bitter odor and preferably, a floor with good ventilation around its perimeter will get rid of that problem.
Recommended Acid-Based Products
Recommended Water-Based Products
The reason why stamping your concrete is the most popular design of installing decorative concrete is because it assimilates many flooring types. You can assimilate a wood floor, a brick pattern, a natural stone look and finish it off with a matte, gloss, or any other finish of your liking. The customization is limitless, only limited by your imagination.
Stamped concrete is so easy to maintain and it’s a much better alternative to pavers. Pavers are not chemically bound, so, therefore, weed seeping can easily occur. Moisture and plate shifting can also easily destroy the consistency and continuance of its surface look. Even if pavers are professionally installed by a world-renown pavers installer, it does not compete with a professionally installed stamped concrete slab/overlay.
The wonderful part of considering a stamped concrete resurfacing job is that you don’t even need to break your existing concrete. You can easily slap an overlay-stamped coat on top of your existing floor. You save money, time, and labor costs. Knowing that such an option exists will make your renovation job even more realistic.
Recommended Stamped Concrete Tools
Recommended Stamped Concrete Overlays