There are a lot of people that are believing that the only solution to make your old discolored or cracked concrete surface to look more appealing is to remove and replace the concrete. But there are actually a number of options to makeover an old or discolored concrete than just tearing out the old concrete and install a new one.
You should know first if the concrete surface can be resurfaced.
Before you do anything, you need to know first if the concrete can be resurfaced. This process does not have any difficult steps. All you have to do is to check if the concrete surface is still in good condition. The concrete will not be ideal for resurfacing if the soil has started to settle, if there are any large, deep, or widespread cracks, or if there are any damage or heaving from thaw/freeze conditions. If you have no idea on what to do, then you should look for a concrete professional to check the concrete surface.
You will discover the various options for concrete resurfacing in this article.
Overlays – there are different types of this option that can produce various patterns. One of the choices are the stampable overlays that will copy how a natural stone or brick will appear. You also have the micro toppings that will provide you with a troweled textured or smooth finish. You can also choose the self-leveling overlays if you want a thick and smooth even surface. If you are looking for a skid-resistant, textured, and very durable concrete surface, then you should choose the spray down overlays.
Staining – you will not only produce a concrete surface with 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. The stencil will be exposing the other parts of the concrete to the coating and will be blocking the other parts so that you can get the pattern that you are looking for.
Saw cutting – this method will let you create different patterns on your concrete surface. Once the concrete is hardened, it will be saw cut. The pattern can be stained after that in order to create a contrasting pattern with the adjacent concrete.
Engraving or etching – special tools are needed in order to create some designs into the concrete surface. This is not like the overlays because this is considered as a permanent surface treatment since you will be carving the surface with a pattern. You also can do staining or some striking results after.