Create a new look with concrete overlays
If your concrete patio, driveway, or walkways are looking a little worn, there is a good chance you will not need to spend the money to have them removed and replaced in order to have them cleaned up. Concrete can be poured over the top of existing concrete, giving it a facelift and protecting it against future damage.
It wasn’t too long ago that concrete slabs were expected to crack and flake within the first few years of their existence. It’s not uncommon to see fairly new homes with slabs that are already showing signs of damage. Some of the common signs of damage to concrete can be repaired with an overlay. Cracks that do not compromise the integrity of the slab, wear and tear on the surface, and stains can all usually be repaired using an overlay. The original slab will need to be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the overlay, but this is much less expensive than removal, and applying the overlay costs less than repouring an entire slab.
If you have a brand new slab of concrete, there are an infinite number of design concepts that can be applied to it using decorative concrete techniques. If you want to be able to enjoy this same high-quality design, while still keeping your existing slab, an overlay is the solution. Overlays can range in thickness from that of a credit card, to several inches thick, depending on what will be needed to repair damage and to allow for your desired design concepts. Acid staining, dyeing, texturing, and embedding can all be accomplished with an overlay, just as easily as they could be with a new slab.
Concrete has become synonymous with durability, and even older concrete slabs are more durable than most other materials. New construction technology has added to the durability of concrete, and you can take advantage of this updated durability with an overlay. Concrete mixes today include acrylic and resin blends that strengthen the mixture to make it look beautiful and last longer. This updated durability protects against former concrete hazards, such as UV damage and salt permeation. If you have an unsealed slab, applying an overlay and then having it properly sealed will greatly increase the life of your slab. It will also give it a high-quality finish that willimprove the curb appeal and value of your home.
WE would like to thank guest author Tiecen Anderson for this article on concrete overlays.
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