Are you tired of your concrete showing signs of its age, wear or is your concrete cracked? Don’t worry, we have all been here before, all concrete reaches a stage through a time where it needs to be repaired. The only downside to having you concrete repaired is that you will visibly see where it has been repaired, so what’s the point? Now you’re in luck because now you can have your concrete resurfaced so you are able to have those vital repairs done without having to look at them every day after. Concrete resurfacing is a very wide term, and today we are going to be taking a deeper look into the most popular types of concrete resurfacing.
To start, let’s talk about what a concrete resurfacing process is. When you have your concrete resurfaced, you are laying down a thin layer of material that is going to be placed over your existing concrete after all forms of stains and foreign objects have been removed from your slab. All materials that are used to resurface concrete are liquids so that the material can seep into all small cracks and gouges, bringing that seamless finish back to your concrete that it had when it was first installed. Why the most affordable and basic resurfacing procedure is the standard gray micro-topping is perfect, there are multiple ways that you can resurface your concrete and we are going to talk about that down below.
The most common way that people resurface their concrete is through the help of epoxy flooring. Epoxy floorings resurfacing procedure is a little different but it helps make the flooring system much more efficient and strong. Instead of having the epoxy cover all cracks and gouges, a separate epoxy filling agent is used to reinforce all cracks. Why is epoxy used most commonly? Well, that is because when your concrete slab becomes damaged, it became the integrity of the slab becomes compromised. An epoxy flooring system is known for its strength so a compromised slab needs that added strength making epoxy the way to go if your concrete slab needs help handling heavy loads, protection from dropped objects or even protection from fire, water and electricity.
Do you love the look of stained concrete but the condition of your concrete makes it not worth doing? Well, we have the next best coating that can get close to the same look of a stained concrete flooring system that will also resurface your concrete slab. This form of concrete resurfacing is the material known as a concrete overlay. With an overlay, you will have some added strength to the concrete slab but not at the same level as an epoxy flooring system. With a concrete overlay, you can achieve effects like marbling, leather and can even have your flooring look burnished when hard trowled.
The last form of concrete resurfacing we are going to be talking about today is another form of a concrete overlay, but this finish is much more exotic. This type of concrete resurfacing procedure is the stamped concrete overlay. With this overlay, you can achieve the appearance of natural stone, pavers or even wood but with the added durability of a concrete micro-topping. This method is rather awesome as you can even use concrete stains to achieve an even more realistic appearance to create highs and lows in your resurfaced concrete slab.
Remember, there is a time and a place for all of our concrete resurfacers and some may work better than others in different areas. Sadly, resurfacing your concrete is only a fix that will last for 5-10 years before you are going to have to address the problems with your concrete slab. To make the most out of your coating, make sure you only have a professional install your coating to resurface your concrete as we have access to high-grade materials that can make your concrete last as long as possible.