So many people believe that there is no other solution to an old discolored or cracked concrete but to replace and remove it if you want to improve how the concrete surface will look. But there are actually a number of options to makeover an old or discolored concrete than just tearing out the old concrete and install a new one.
You need to know first if the surface is ideal for resurfacing.
Before you consider doing something, you need to make sure first that the concrete can be resurfaced. There are actually no difficult steps here. You only need to check the concrete surface and see to it that it is still in good condition. The concrete surface is not ideal for concrete resurfacing if it will have some damages such as deep, widespread, or large cracks, or if the soil has started to settle. You should look for a concrete professional to inspect the concrete surface if you do not have any idea on what to do.
You will discover the various options for concrete resurfacing in this article.
Overlays – there are different types of this option that can produce various patterns. The stampable overlays are among the choices that will copy how a brick or natural stone will look like. There is also the microtoppings that will produce a troweled textured or smooth finish. The self-leveling overlays that are thick and will produce a smooth even surface. But if you are looking for a very durable, textured, and skid resistant surface, then you should consider the spray down overlays.
Staining – this option will not only help you add a solid color to the concrete surface. The stains will actually seep down into the concrete that is why you can produce a rich semitransparent color that can actually copy the look of polished marble or stained wood.
Decorative Stencils – you can create a stenciled concrete pattern on an existing concrete by placing the stencil over the surface and apply a thin decorative coating. The stencil will be exposing the other parts of the concrete to the coating and will be blocking the other parts so that you can get the pattern that you are looking for.
Saw cutting – this method will let you create different patterns on your concrete surface. The concrete will be cut using a saw after it will be hardened. In order to create a contrast with the adjacent concrete, the pattern will be stained after that.
Engraving or etching – you will be using special tools so that you can produce designs for the concrete surface. This is not like the overlays because this is considered as a permanent surface treatment since you will be carving the surface with a pattern. You also can do staining or some striking results after.