Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete Resurfacing

Revitalize Existing Concrete Surfaces

Concrete Resurfacing

About the Service

  • Commercial, Residential, Retail
  • NOT an option to repair or cover cracked concrete surfaces
  • Interior, exterior
  • Custom colors and patterns
  • Pool decks, walkways, patios, driveways and more...
Classic Concrete Design provides concrete resurfacing & repair options for both Residential and Commercial properties.
To ensure customer satisfaction and proper implementation, an on-site consultation is required before starting the project to discuss our process focusing on customer goals and expectations.
CONCRETE RESURFACING

Want to permanently cover up surface imperfections in existing concrete? Or turn a plain-jane slab from drab to fab? With today’s decorative overlays, it’s easy to give almost any concrete surface, indoors or out, a complete face-lift and at a lower cost than removal and replacement.

Although cement-based overlays have been around for decades, many of today’s systems blend polymer resins with cement, sand, and other additives to improve performance, wear resistance, and aesthetic qualities. Polymer-modified overlays can be applied in layers as thin as a credit card or up to several inches thick without delamination or failure. They adhere well to existing concrete and resist damage from salt, chemicals, UV exposure, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasion.

When to use a polymer overlay

Breaking out and replacing an existing concrete slab can be expensive, messy, disruptive, and time-consuming. With an overlay, you can give worn, lackluster concrete a decorative makeover or restore it to like-new condition.

Polymer-modified overlays are ideal for:

Adding pattern, texture, and color to exterior concrete slabs, including patios, pool decks, driveways, and sidewalks.

Resurfacing interior floors, including those previously covered with linoleum tile or carpeting (after removal of all residual mastic). With the use of stains or dyes, it’s possible to create colorful graphic designs, logos, or stenciled patterns.

Smoothing and leveling uneven or spalled concrete surfaces.

Restoring surfaces quickly with minimal downtime. Polymer overlays cure fast and some systems can support foot traffic within a few hours.

Not all existing concrete is a suitable candidate for an overlay. The concrete must be structurally sound, no cracks or severe delamination. Proper surface preparation of the concrete is also imperative to ensure good bonding of the overlay.

Types of overlays  

* Microtoppings and skim coats

These ultra-thin decorative toppings are applied by a trowel or squeegee in layers as thin as 20 mils, or a mere 0.02 inch. They can go on silky smooth and taken down to a featheredge. Or you can apply several coats to create a textured broomed or troweled finish. Some systems come pre tinted in a wide range of colors while others can be custom tinted by mixing in the desired amount of liquid coloring agent. Interesting color variations can be achieved by applying layers of different hues.

* Adding Color to Overlays

The color options for concrete overlays are limitless. You can buy mixes that are pre tinted like paint or you can add the pigment of your choice during mixing to produce custom hues. Once the overlay is applied, experienced installers can achieve more elaborate color effects, such as antiquing or marbleizing, by accenting the base color with layers of topically applied color.  

Factors to consider when choosing a resurfacing system...

Selecting the most appropriate resurfacing system often involves weighing performance attributes against aesthetic value. Here are some questions to ask to help you find a system that will strike the perfect balance for the job at hand.

What is the condition of the existing surface?

Does the concrete have a lot of cracks or gouges? Is the surface out of level? The surface imperfections and cracks will be patched or filled, however, there is no guarantee the won't telegraph through the new concrete overlay.

What conditions will the overlay be exposed to?

Be sure the topping or overlay system is tough enough to withstand all the conditions it will confront. Is the slab outdoors and subject to weather extremes and freezing and thawing? Is it a floor surface in a high-traffic area or subject to chemical, grease, and oil spills? Although most systems will stand up well to wear, chemical attack, and dirt penetration when properly installed and sealed, some are better suited than others for harsher exposure conditions. Often a higher-build material or a material containing aggregates will perform better in aggressive environments.

How much maintenance is required?

A decorative overlay should always be coated with a compatible sealer to help protect it from water penetration, stains, dirt, and grease. Sealed surfaces will also be much easier to clean. Floors typically require only routine sweeping to remove any abrasive particles and occasional wet mopping with a mild detergent, depending on how much traffic they receive. Occasional pressure washing may be needed to clean exterior slabs. Exterior slabs should be resealed every 2-3 years for optimal protection. This is an easy process that anyone can do; simply power wash or scrub the surface with a mild detergent, allow to dry overnight and apply 1-2 coats of solvent based acrylic sealer by brush and roller.

Cleaning and sealing stamped and colored concrete should be done on a regular basis just like any other home maintenance. The frequency will depend on how high a traffic area to cars, foot traffic, water, and any chemicals the concrete is exposed to.

Concrete should be resealed every 2 or 3 years. If you wait longer, you may notice the color fade slightly. But just like waxing a car, reseal your stamped concrete and the color will be as vibrant as the day it was installed.

  Rinse dirt/debris off stamped concrete surface with a garden hose or pressure washer.

  Apply a small amount of liquid dish soap to surface and scrub with a push broom.

  Rinse well with a garden hose or pressure washer until there is no sign of soapsuds.

  Allow surface to dry at least 24 hours

DO NOT APPLY SEALER TO A DAMP/WET SURFACE.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What exactly is concrete resurfacing?

Concrete resurfacing is just what it sounds like. Rather than replacing all of the concrete, the top layer is removed, minor cracks are repaired if needed, and a new surface is added using a resurfacer. Though resurfacer looks and acts like normal concrete, it is not the exact same.  

Instead, it features special bonding agents that allow it to form a connection with the previous concrete, creating a strong, cohesive floor.

Q. What does resurfaced concrete look like?

A resurfaced concrete floor looks virtually identical to a brand-new concrete floor. It can be finished with a smooth or broom texture.

Q. Is my concrete eligible for resurfacing?

There are a number of factors that can play into whether or not resurfacing is a good choice for you. If the structural integrity of the underlaying concrete has been compromised and/or there are deep cracks throughout, replacement is definitely money better well spent.

Q. When can I have my concrete resurfaced?  

Resurfacing conditions are the same as traditional concrete pouring. You need above freezing temperatures and a dry environment.

Q. How much does resurfacing cost?

This varies depending on the size and current condition of your concrete surface.

Typically, pricing can range from $3 per ft. up to $12 per ft.

Q. How long does it last?

Thanks to its advanced bonding properties, concrete resurfacing can last for quite a while. A properly resurfaced floor can last from 8-15 years.

Q. Can Stain and Special finishes be used with concrete resurfacing?

Yes. Just like with a normal concrete floor, you can stain and polish resurfaced concrete to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind finish.

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