Affordability aside, one of the primary benefits of using concrete is the ease in which it can be maintained and repaired. Concrete overlays are one of the most common, and the most effective, ways to take an older concrete surface and make it look like new again. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly a concrete overlay is, and when you should consider using it.
A concrete overlay is a concrete mixture that has been specifically designed to be applied as a thin layer on top of existing concrete. Different mixtures will offer different aesthetic treatments, drying time and strength so be sure to thoroughly analyze your concrete project before deciding what type of overlay is best for you.
Concrete overlays have two primary uses: aesthetic changes or general repair. If you’re looking for an aesthetic change the overlay can add color, stamped patterns or textural changes through different types of stains. The only real limit to how an overlay can change the aesthetic of the project is the skill of the person applying the overlay. If you are looking to use an overlay for aesthetic purposes, we suggest utilizing a professional concrete contractor.
Concrete overlays are more commonly used to repair concrete surfaces. If done correctly, a concrete overlay can lengthen the lifespan of concrete by years. What many people don’t realize is the most crucial part of applying a concrete overlay is actually preparing the damaged surface before the overlay is applied.
To prepare a surface for a concrete overlay the goal is to make it as smooth as possible. That means deep spalling and cracks have to be repaired beforehand. If the initial concrete surface is old and porous, you might even have to treat the concrete with a densifer and hardener before applying the overlay.
Once you’ve prepped the surface, it’s time to mix and apply your concrete overlay! Take your time and get the finish as smooth as possible. Once that overlay has set, it’s important to apply a proper concrete sealant over the top. This will ensure that your concrete looks beautiful and lasts for years to come.
Of course, if you’re worried about applying a concrete overlay yourself, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more.