If you have concrete driveways, walks, or decks beginning to show their age, it may be time to do something about it. The good news is, you do not have to take the time to tear everything out, haul it away, and start anew, you can simply resurface the concrete you already have. Not only will it give you a brand new look, it will not take a huge bite out of your budget.
What Is Concrete Resurfacing?
Concrete resurfacing is when you pour a thin cement overlay which has been mixed with a bonding agent over your existing concrete. Your existing concrete will serve as the base of your new project. This is much easier to do than tearing up what you have and laying down new concrete.
To prepare your old concrete to be resurfaced, all you have to do is power wash it to remove any flaking, fragments, or extraneous dirt, which could interfere with the bonding of your new surface. Once clean, repair any cracks and crevices so you will have a smooth surface to work with. Once your surface is ready, you will simply pour your beautiful, smooth new surface.
Not only will your new surface look good, there are many other advantages which can be achieved with concrete resurfacing.
- It is reasonably priced. When you consider all of the other options you have that will repair, or replace your existing surfaces, resurfacing offers the most economical options. You will save money on the cost of the materials, as well as the labor that would be involved in other options.
- Resurfacing will save you time. Because you are only putting down a thin layer of cement, it will not take you as long to do as pouring new slabs. It will also dry faster, which will have it ready to use sooner.
- The process is easy to do. Most resurfacing products on the market are self-leveling, this means as long as you make sure you spread your material out evenly across the entire surface, you do not have to pull out your leveler.
- It will hide any cracks, or imperfections in your original slab. It is advisable to repair any cracks you have prior to applying the resurfacing agent; however, if the damage is minor, the actual agent will fill in or smooth over the damage.
- Resurfacing will allow you to create a surface which looks entirely different than you had before. Concrete resurfacing allows you to create and customize the look of your concrete. You can add various types of tints to give you a wide array of colors, or add stamping to create various patterns and finishes. With stamping, you can have the look of stone in one place and the look of bricks in another.
- Better looking concrete will improve the curb appeal of your home, and this in turn will increase your home's value. One of the first things people will see when they drive up to your home or walk down your walkways is the condition of your concrete. When it is fresh and new, prospective buyers will be able to see the investment you have made into your home.
- Your new surface will be much more durable, and will last longer than your old surface.
- You can choose to resurface a small section, or the entire area. This can often be done without having to worry about a difference in height, due to the thin composition of the overlay.
- Last but not the least of reasons, when you resurface, you will reduce your carbon footprint by keeping tons of concrete out of the landfill. It is important everyone does their part in protecting the environment.