When your concrete cracks, chips, sinks or becomes discolored, you may be questioning if you have to redo the entire surface to get the brand spanking new look that it once had. Well, the answer to your question is, no, you don't have to redo the entire surface to get that like new look. You have a few options to consider, and here you will learn just what they are.
For those concrete surfaces that have sunken in or are no longer level, a quick and easy fix is pouring an overlay that is self-leveling over the surface. Just fill in the deep cracks and then pour the self-leveling material over top, spread it out and let it work its magic. It will level out and create a smooth, level finish in no time.
Overlay treatments are ideal for concealing imperfections in both vertical and horizontal concrete surfaces. This treatment will renew the look and create an interesting and beautiful finish by covering the surface with a coat of fresh concrete that is stamped or carved into different designs or finishes.
If you have several areas that you have patched up and repaired, you could conceal those repairs by staining the concrete surface. You will have to choose between acid-based stains and water-based stains. Both types offer a variety of colors and shades to choose from – vibrant or natural tones.
When blending techniques are used, you won't be able to tell that you have made any repairs or that discolored areas of the concrete have been covered up with the stain. This treatment will last years before needing any type of maintenance. No fading will occur from the sun or elements.
Epoxy flooring is used in basements and garages often but can also be used to finish outdoor concrete surfaces. You can choose from a variety of aggregate materials to mix with the epoxy to create the finish.
Needed repairs are made to the concrete, then the concrete is prepped with a special epoxy primer that creates a bond between the epoxy and the concrete. Once that dries, the aggregate is mixed with the epoxy and is spread evenly over the concrete. In the end, your aged concrete will be a thing of the past and you will have an entirely new surface to enjoy for many years.
Talk with a local concrete contractor, such as those at Pristine Concrete, for assistance in choosing the best method of disguising those repairs and renew your concrete surfaces.