All You Need To Know About Decorative Concrete Resurfacing

All You Need To Know About Decorative Concrete Resurfacing
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    You are just not happy with the renovation with the rocks arranged, cement layered and the walls painted with beautiful colors.

    Why? Because the decoration in a house remains incomplete without floors.

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It is true that a simple concrete overlay on the floor is backdated and looks ugly. Is it possible to bring some change in concrete? Can concrete be made decorative? When technology has undergone such a lot of development, presenting designer concrete is not impossible.

What Consists of Concrete Overlay?

Is concrete mix and concrete overlay the same? Well, both differ in their ingredients. Simple concrete is only a traditional mixture of the concrete powder, water, and polymer modified additives. But concrete overlay has special polymers in it. Polymers are a certain type of glue that makes the product strong and imparts a tenacious bonding to the concrete mixture.

But how can you understand if the concrete overlay is perfect for usage? Here are certain things that you need to consider while purchasing concrete overlay:

  • The concrete used for resurfacing needs to be sound. This implies that the concrete must not crack, be able to settle down soon, and be soft and powdery in the raw form.
  • Overlays can be of two types – one, thin as paper and second, can be measured in inches. However, you can choose overlays according to your purpose.

Types of Concrete Overlays

There are four types of overlays available for decorative purpose. That include micro toppings, stampable overlays, multi-purpose overlays, and self-leveling overlays. All the four have four distinct purposes and can give four types of decorative looks.

Overlays, if not fixed properly, can be temperamental. While installing concrete overlays, preparation is the key to success. Let’s check the four kinds of overlays.

  • Micro Toppings Overlay

    Is your house floor coarse? Does it seem grainy? If so, put up micro topping concrete overlay. This sets the floor fine, and corrects worn out concreted floors. These are available in colors ranging from gray to white. The coating is prepared with both fine and rough materials to impart durability to the micro toppings. Micro toppings of coarser grade are helpful in filling large hollow gaps on the floor. This also smoothens the surface the floor to a great extent. 

  • Stampable Overlay

    This is best for indoors and outdoors flooring. For outdoors, you can use concrete slabs and place them in such a manner that looks like tiles or wooden floor. Stampable overlays measure to 3/8 inch to ¼ inch. Avoid using ½ inch as this can cost more. Since they are cement based products, they can be colored as per your preferences.

  • Multi-Purpose Overlay

    These are large sand-made blocks used for rebrooming, spraying in textures (horizontal, vertical and stencil based), troweling of textures and for underlaying.

  • Self-Leveling Overlay

    These are flattened textures and make the area more flattening with squeegee. Applying self-leveling overlays makes a worn out floor look like a new one.

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From the above categories you are free to choose any but under certain terms and conditions. Pay attention to proper sub grade preparation. This helps prevent soil erosion below the concrete and facilitates easy drainage.

Ensure that the concrete stamping tiles are properly joined. Otherwise, cracks may develop in no time.

Cut the joints at least to a quarter of the slab’s thickness. Use a concrete mixture that is resistant to all environmental changes.

Avoid using dry shake color hardener. Check the amount of water in the cement mixture. Finally, avoid reinforcement on concrete overlays.

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