Concrete is the do-all material of choice for building commercial, residential and industrial establishments in the last half of the century. Its immense versatility makes it applicable for any outdoor and indoor installation. Indeed, concrete comes with a myriad of advantages that everyone can benefit from. The drawback? Concrete like most materials in this world eventually gets worn out over the years. Cracks start to appear, stains build up and it starts to look like a real eyesore. Fortunately, concrete replacement isn’t always necessary to restore concrete and make it look brand new. Let’s take a closer look at the process of concrete resurfacing and how it brings old concrete spaces back to its former glory.
Resurfacing Concrete Surfaces: Step by Step Process
Cleaning – The worn out surface is cleaned through the method of pressure or power washing. This rids the concrete surface of dirt, debris, dust, mold, and grime. Oil and grease stains are also removed to ensure that the resurfacing material adheres properly to the substrate/existing concrete slab.
Correcting Superficial Flaws – Minor cracks and uneven areas are repaired. These are patched up or smoothed over with a bond repair agents. This part of the process is done to turn the worn-out concrete into a blank and even canvas for the application of the coating or overlay.
Priming – Priming is applied once the concrete is completely dry. The primer is mixed accordingly before it is poured into a spray pump. It is then sprayed over the existing concrete evenly.
Application of the Coating/Overlay – The overlay or coating is applied. The resurfacing material and application techniques vary depending on the selected coating or overlay system. These systems include: stamped, custom scorelines, spray knockdown and more.
Coloring or Sealing – Again, depending on the preferred coating/overlay system color can be added after the resurfacing material is applied. A sealer is applied to enhance the color of the resurfaced concrete. It also acts as a protection from UV rays and abrasions.
Curing – The resurfaced concrete is left to cure. During the curing period it must be left undisturbed. No vehicle or foot traffic should be applied to the area.
With the right design choices and a skilled decorative concrete contractor, you can achieve the results you want for your resurfacing project. Make sure that you consult with a contractor that is licensed, bonded and insured for your security. To know more about Houston concrete resurfacing, visit our homepage.