Concrete is an incredibly durable material when mixed and poured correctly, but it’s not immune to wear and tear overtime. What was once a beautiful concrete installation can begin to look old and grimy surprisingly quickly. Luckily there are a lot of ways for people to easily and affordably restore their concrete to look like new again. Today we’re going to go over a few of our favorite and most effective methods.
Resurfacing requires a decent amount of work, but it’s actually rather affordable and not difficult to do. It’s just a bit time consuming. However, resurfacing is one of the most foolproof methods to make a concrete surface look new again.
All you have to do is purchase a resurfacing product from a company you trust, follow the mixing instructions on the package and take the time to properly prep the surface you are repairing. That prep usually means rigorously cleaning the surface, then filling in the cracks and chips until it’s smooth. After that, apply your resurfacing product and you’ll have a concrete surface that looks brand new again.
Staining is one of the most popular, and one of the most affordable, methods of making a concrete surface look new again. Acid, acrylic and polymer stains all work well on concrete surfaces. Take the time to research which type of stain you prefer to work with.
Whenever you are using a stain remember to test it on a small area before fully committing in case it looks different than you anticipated. Once you have completely covered the area in a stain, don’t forget to seal the surface with a weatherproof seal so you don’t have to restain it again the next day.
Concrete sealer can work wonders if the concrete surface you are attempting to renew is still in great shape. A clear sealer works well on both colored and uncolored concrete, and will protect your concrete surface from moisture and staining moving forward.
If the concrete surface you are trying to renew is faded in color, a tinted sealing product will make that color look brand new again. The best part? Sealers are very affordable and easy to apply.
The truth of the matter is it’s very rare for a concrete structure to need to be entirely replaced unless it’s incredibly old. Proper maintenance of concrete surfaces can easily ensure that your concrete stays sturdy, reliable and beautiful for years to come. Remember, just a simple pressure wash can often make all the difference in the world.
If you think your concrete project is a bigger job than you can handle, or you want professional advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to Razorback Concrete at www.razorbackconcrete.com.