There are many people that are thinking that the only solution to an old discolored or cracked concrete is to replace or remove it in order for your concrete surface to look more appealing. But there are actually so many other options to makeover an old or discolored concrete surface without the need to install a new concrete surface after tearing out the old concrete.
First thing that you should take note is if you can do a resurfacing on the concrete surface.
Before doing anything, you need to make sure that the concrete can be resurfaced. This process does not have any difficult steps. You only need to check the concrete surface and see to it that it is still in good condition. If there will be some deep, widespread, or large cracks, or some damage or heaving from thaw/freeze conditions, or if the soils have started to settle, then the concrete will not be suitable for resurfacing. You should look for a concrete professional to inspect the concrete surface if you do not have any idea on what to do.
You should read this article in order for you to know the various options for concrete resurfacing.
Overlays – there are different types of this option that can produce various patterns. The stampable overlays are one of the choices that will copy the appearance of natural stone or brick. 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. You can also choose the spray down overlays if you want a skid resistant, very durable, and textured concrete surface.
Staining – this option will not only give your concrete surface a solid color. Your concrete surface will also have a semitransparent color that will copy the look of polished marble or a stained wood because the stain will seep into the concrete.
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. In order to produce the pattern that you are looking for, the stencil will show some parts of the concrete to the coating and will block the other parts.
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. The pattern will be stained after that in order to create a contrast with the concrete.
Engraving or etching – you will need special tools to create designs on the concrete surface. Since you will be carving the surface with a pattern, this method is a permanent resurfacing not like the overlays. You also have the option to do some striking or staining after that.