If you pay any attention to home improvement topics, then you may be familiar with something that’s known simply as “concrete resurfacing.” Concrete resurfacing is a process that involves the cleaning, repairing and resurfacing of old and worn concrete surfaces. Let’s take a look at each of these steps in detail to get a better understanding of the process and whether it is right for you.
Step 1. Cleaning the concrete surface
The first step in any concrete refinishing or resurfacing project is to ensure that the surface is clean and free of dust and debris. This ensures that the new concrete overlay resurfacing material creates a solid and strong bond to the old surface. This step ensures that you don’t need to go back and repair poorly bonded resurfacing material. It saves time and money in the long run.
Before resurfacing, concrete is usually cleaned with a concrete cleaner solution. A pressure or power washer might also be used.
Step 2. Repair Broken and Crumbling Concrete
Fractures and cracks in a concrete surface are often the reason people consider resurfacing or replacement. Before the actual resurfacing material is applied, and after the cleaning process, any cracks in the concrete should be repaired. In most instances, cracked concrete is repaired by a process of layered concrete filling and fabric reinforcement. The amount of filling and fabric reinforcement depends on the size and condition of the cracks. Most filling and fabric crack repairs can repair cracks in concrete up to ¼”. If the crack is any larger, a heavy-duty concrete crack repair solution may be needed prior to resurfacing.
In some cases, the concrete surface is too damaged to resurface, especially if it is sinking due to soil issues. In that case, the best solution may be to replace the concrete completely.
Step 3. Resurfacing the Concrete
After the concrete is cleaned and any cracks are repaired, the last step is to actually resurface the concrete with a resurfacing product. The resurfacing material is poured onto the cleaned and repaired concrete and spread over the area to be resurfaced using special surfacing tools. It is spread to create a smooth finish and inspected for evenness.
Some things to consider before resurfacing your concrete
So now that you know the general process of concrete refinishing and resurfacing, you can start to plan your own project. Before you do so, take some time to consider what you want to get out of concrete resurfacing. Do you want cheap and easy, or something more durable and long lasting? Are you looking to add some decorative concrete or colors to your surface? Some concrete resurfacers, like SEMCO resurfacing products, come in a variety of surface textures, polishes and finishes. Another thing to take into account is if you need or want some slip resistant coatings. Semco ADA Safety flooring is perfect if you need a concrete area like a pool deck, bathroom or lockeroom to be ADA compliant. Finally, there are some applications that need both durability and chemical resistance, like garages and even driveways. If you need a durable, chemical resistant surface, make sure that the resurfacing product that you use is suited for the job. Check the surface strength limitations and chemical resistant properties of any concrete resurfacer before you purchase.
Is Your Walkway or Driveway Due for Resurfacing Work?
Concrete that is no longer new can start to take on a fatigued and dull appearance. If you have a walkway or driveway at home that’s due for a bit of a “facelift,” then resurfacing may be the right answer for it. If you have a concrete surface that’s ready for resurfacing work, you may notice a couple of things. You may see all sorts of unsightly splits and flaws everywhere. You may notice an abundance of weeds popping up everywhere as well. If your concrete no longer is visually appealing, then resurfacing may be able to turn things around for it and for your property in general.
The Many Advantages of the Resurfacing of Concrete
Resurfacing concrete can be a terrific thing for your outdoor property in many diverse ways. Resurfacing work, first and foremost, is highly economical. Other concrete restoration solutions tend to cost a lot more. Resurfacing does not require demolition or removal of concrete floors . It doesn’t call for the assistance of overwhelming numbers of contractors all at the same time. That’s why it’s a technique that can be terrific for people who wish to reduce their expenses dramatically but still get a beautiful new concrete surface.
Do I Have a Surface That’s Fit for Resurfacing Work?
Resurfacing concrete is great for a variety of applications. Concrete driveways are a great candidate for resurfacing as long as they are not structurally compromised. Old walkways and sidewalks are also a great prospect for resurfacing. Another great application for concrete resurfacers is garage flooring. Garages take a lot of wear and tear and need a strong, chemical resistant surface to keep up. Make sure that the resurfacing product you use is up to the task.
Resurfacing Concrete with Semco Florida Surface Solutions
The Semco Florida product line features a number of concrete resurfacing solutions for a variety of needs and applications. For garages, driveways, sidewalks and more, Semco can help you resurface your concrete. From ADA Safety Flooring concrete solutions to crack bridging and repair to decorative concrete resurfacing, Semco has a product for your project. Contact us and tell us about you resurfacing project. We are happy to help in any way we can.