There is no question that decorative concrete coatings also sometimes referred to as decorative concrete overlays have become a very popular solution for both home and business owners. So, if you are looking to update and refresh the look of your concrete, decorative overlays can offer a low cost alternative. Rather than replacing or removing your old looking concrete, overlays allow you to easily and effectively hide surface imperfections like stains and cracks.
Even so, many people are not aware of what these coatings are, the benefits they offer, and the way they are applied.
Decorative concrete coatings and overlays can completely transform the appearance and functionality of almost any concrete surface. These coatings are typically applied to floors, driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks. They can also be applied to other surfaces, such as fireplace surrounds, countertops, fire pits, water features, stairs, and the list goes on. If you can imagine it, it can probably be done.
In simple terms, these coatings and overlays are a type of resurfacing finish that is applied to an existing concrete surface. These can revitalize the look of your concrete surface. There are a wide range of color options, patterns, and textures to choose from. These surfaces can mimic the look of stone, marble, wood, slate and the list goes on. A skilled, artistic contractor can install a polished surface with a family crest design element or a hand crafted design. There are no limitations with decorative concrete coatings, which is why they are in such high demand right now. Once applied, they can completely change the aesthetics of the original concrete surface.
As mentioned previously, these coatings can completely change the aesthetics of the concrete surface. These specialty coatings also make the concrete surface stronger, more durable, and longer lasting. So for the home owner or business owner, that means a patio, kitchen floor, basement floor, garage, driveway, pool deck or some other concrete surface can look great and lasts for many years to come. Also, there are anti-slip ingredients that can be added to enhance the safety of a concrete surface. These are especially great for pool deck areas. In addition to the slip resistant quality, a specialty cool surface sealer can also be applied to prevent the burning of the soles of your feet.
The first and most important step involves preparing the concrete surface. This may include patching any cracks and eliminating areas of pitting or spalling. You also want to ensure that the concrete doesn’t have a high level of moisture, as this can seep into the overlay to cause cracking and breakage.
The contractor will ensure that the surface is leveled and solid. From there, all dirt and debris are removed and the surface is cleaned using a manufacturer-approved cleaning product or mechanical process like grinding or shot blasting. Once the concrete surface is clean and dry, a decorative concrete coatings can be readied. Whether this is a handcrafted textured overlay system, a spray textured coating, or another product. During that time, other agents are added, pigments, color, or anti-slip ingredients. Then, the coating is applied using a spray-on technique, roller method, hand-troweling, and so on. Once the entire surface is covered, it is allowed to cure and dry. Once the first coat is ready, a second coat is applied. Once again, this coat must properly cure and dry. To protect newly applied decorative concrete coatings, it is imperative that a sealer is added. Depending on the desired aesthetic and effect, the sealer can be colored or clear. Once the sealer is dry, the concrete surface looks gorgeous.
Because there is such an abundance of options for concrete overlays, you might feel overwhelmed when trying to narrow your choice to just one. To make sure that you select the best overlay for your project, you should spend a little time conducting research and always reach out for help from a reputable, certified concrete overlay installer.
Concrete overlays are popular for anyone who wants to revitalize the look of their concrete without expensive removal or replacement costs. Overlays can create smooth or textured floors with a variety of patterns, consistencies, and appearances.
Please note, NOT all concrete works with overlays. You need a solid, clean, secure subfloor or base before an overlay can be applied. This starts with a strong maintenance, cleaning, and repair process for your concrete.
You want a gorgeous concrete surface with natural beauty, high resistance, and strong durability. A properly installed overlay is the best way to maintain the look and longevity of your floors for years to come.