Concrete has come a long way from being just a base material. Decorative concrete is a method of using concrete as more of an aesthetic enhancement rather than a construction medium. It is important to mention that although concrete is being considered now as something decorative, it still does not lose its original function as an essential element in various structures like patios, pool decks, driveways, interior floors, and more.
Decorative concrete became the run-to option for revamping old concrete surfaces. Here are some of the good reasons why:
- More affordable than concrete replacement
- Wide range of pattern selection
- Effective concrete repair method for surface damage
Resurfacing is the process replacing the top layer of a concrete surface with a material that provides a better appearance and function. The most common resurfacing systems are:
- Stamped Concrete Overlay – This concrete overlay is often installed on patios, pool decks, driveways, and other outdoor surfaces. It is designed to replicate the exact look of other high-end materials like tile, natural stone, brick, pavers, and even wood.
- Spray Knockdown Finish – Acrylic concrete coating is splattered on the slab and then knocked down with a trowel. This spray-down method is popular for use on concrete pool decks because of the slip-resistant texture it creates. However, it would also be an ideal resurfacing method for driveways and patios.
- Epoxy Flooring – Epoxy is a two-part material that dries to a seamless, very durable surface. This type of coating is best used on garage floors because of its high tolerance to most types of damage.
- Polyurea Polyaspartic – Also a two-part material, polyurea polyaspartic was originally developed for use in an industrial setting. It is such a tough and durable material that it can withstand tremendous traffic, impact, and weight in warehouses, factories, and more. It is a fast-drying material that became available for residential use in garages and basements.
Refinishing is the process of changing the finish of the concrete surface. This is ideal for structurally sound slabs that need a fresh look or those with superficial damage like discoloration or ugly stains. Popular refinishing systems are:
- Stained Concrete – Concrete stains come in two types: acid and water-based. Acid staining produces semi-translucent colors with random effects caused by the chemical reaction between the stain and the concrete slab. Water-based stains produce more consistent colors.
- Concrete Sealing – Almost any contractor would recommend sealing a concrete surface. It is highly porous and the sealer would be able to seal the pores off to keep dirt and moisture on the surface. This also adds a bit of shine to enhance its appearance.
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