Concrete resurfacing brings new life to old concrete. Are you tired of looking at a drab concrete patio, cracked driveway, or discolored garage floor? You may be able to restore and resurface existing concrete, without having to replace it with the best concrete supplies.
Is my concrete suitable for resurfacing?
The answer is usually yes if your concrete is in fairly good condition but needs minor repairs and an updated finish. Concrete can usually be resurfaced with some of our concrete supplies if it has minor cracks or discoloration, but not any major damage such as sinking, missing pieces or major cracks.
Concrete Resurfacing Preparation is key
A properly prepared surface makes all the difference in the final result when it comes to concrete resurfacing. Start out by completely cleaning the concrete surface using an appropriate solution (Intermountain Concrete Specialties can guide you on choosing the best product). Next, repair any cracks. Priming isn’t typically necessary if you’re staining concrete, but other finishes may require profiling. The best advice is to follow manufacturer’s instructions.
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What are the options for concrete resurfacing?
Just about any concrete surface can be given a makeover, including concrete driveways, patios, walkways, and pool decks. Concrete resurfacing options include:
- Concrete overlays / microtoppings is the application of a thin cement or polymer-modified layer over existing concrete to upgrade the appearance of a concrete surface. After the overlay has been applied, it can be stamped, stained or stenciled to mimic the look of brick, slate or stone.
- Stamped/textured concrete is a creative and affordable option for beautifying outdoor areas such as patios and walkways. Stamped concrete is usually more affordable than tearing out existing concrete and replacing it with new materials. Modern concrete resurfacing methods can easily replicate the look of stone, slate, tile, wood, brick and more.
- Staining adds color and brings new life to old concrete. Stain can be used on existing concrete or on concrete overlays. Concrete staining also works well in conjunction with stamped concrete.
- Other decorative finishes such as stencils and borders are a great way to stylize existing concrete while adding color and personality.
What else do I need to consider?
Proper curing and sealing of any concrete surface is critical to the long-term success. Most concrete surfaces are resistant to stains when properly coated with a protective sealer. The type of concrete sealer you choose is largely dependent on your project. Learn about different concrete sealers here, or visit an Intermountain Concrete Specialties location near you for tips and advice.