Decorative concrete was borne out of the demand from homeowners for highly decorative yet affordable flooring solutions. This solution pushed the versatility of concrete to unbelievably impressive levels. Concrete repair replaced concrete removal and re-pour and concrete resurfacing made it possible to renew the surface of a concrete slab with affordable but durable coatings and overlays. Here is a brief description of various refinish concrete options for both indoor and outdoor surfaces:
- Material – No coating or overlay is needed, just the existing concrete.
- Process – The existing concrete slab is polished using a series of grits, starting from coarse to fine. The polished surface is sealed with a concrete sealer.
- Benefits – This is an affordable and sustainable option because it makes use of the existing concrete. It is also highly decorative and aesthetically pleasing especially for those who like the modern, contemporary, and industrial appeal of concrete.
- Where to Use – Can be used indoors and out. This refinishing concrete option is popular for commercial flooring and interior residential floors.
- Material – Epoxy floor coating, consisting of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener.
- Process – The resin and hardener are mixed together and then applied on the surface of the concrete. Paint chips can be broadcasted to create a terrazzo look.
- Benefits – Epoxy is a very tough material as long as it is installed properly. It is resistant to impact, stains, abrasion,
- Where to Use – A popular choice for garage floors. Must only be used in indoor concrete surfaces. as exposure to sunlight can cause its bond to break and the surface to blush or yellow.
- Material – Makes use of a concrete overlay and stamp mats.
- Process – The overlay is applied on the concrete surface and then stamped with mats in the client’s desired pattern. It can be stained when dry and then sealed afterwards.
- Benefits – This is probably the most decorative of all resurfacing options. It offers a wide range of patterns and colors to choose from.
- Where to Use – Although it can be used indoors, it is a more common solution for outdoor surfaces like patios, pool decks, and driveways.
- Material – Acid or water-based concrete stains
- Process – The concrete stain is applied on the surface and left to dry.
- Benefits – Concrete stains come in a wide range of colors that can be mixed and matched. Stains can be applied directly on concrete or as a decorative accent to other flooring or paving system like stamped overlays.
- Where to Use – This option can be used on both indoor and outdoor concrete.
Spray Knockdown Finish
- Material – Acrylic Concrete Coating
- Process – The coating is loaded into a hopper gun and then sprayed on the concrete surface and then troweled down, creating a look similar to stucco.
- Benefits – The more subtle stucco-like texture makes it slip-resistant. This is also known as a cool decking because of its ability to stay cool despite exposure to sunlight for hours.
- Where to Use – This is an ideal coating for outdoor surfaces, such as patios, driveways, walkways, pool decks and more.