What is Concrete Resurfacing?

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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.image of decorative concrete resurfacing solution

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

semco fl concrete crack repairFractures 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Concrete Resurfacing with Semco FL

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All things wear out over time. Even concrete surfaces succumb to the ravages of time and erosion of water, wind and even the sun. The sun and salt water soaked air here in Florida takes an especially heavy toll on concrete surfaces. Before you go ripping up your concrete slab, consider a concrete resurfacer to return old concrete to new life. Below we answer a few common questions about concrete resurfacing in Florida.

1. What is Concrete Resurfacing?

Concrete resurfacing is an affordable alternative to concrete removal and demolition. Instead of ripping up an entire concrete slab and pouring new concrete, concrete resurfacing treats the top layer of concrete. In concrete resurfacing, minor cracks and damage are repaired and filled and a new top surface is applied called a concrete overlay. The concrete overlay bonds to the original concrete substrate at the molecular level making it strong and durable.

2. How much does concrete resurfacing cost?

The cost of applying a concrete resurfacer depends on a number of factors including size of area to be resurfaced, ease of access, whether it is interior or exterior concrete. But it is always considerably cheaper to resurface your concrete than to remove and replace it.

3. When is the best time to resurface concrete?

There is no agreed upon “best time” to resurface your concrete. Any exterior concrete work should be done in dry conditions and above freezing temperatures. These two requirements are dependent upon your location.

4. How long does Concrete Resurfacing last?

Concrete resurfacing will last as long as the concrete that it overlays. The special molecular bond that is created between the concrete substrate and the new concrete overlay ensures that there is a seamless continuation of structure from concrete to bond to resurfacer.

4. What does concrete resurfacer look like?

Some concrete resurfacing looks the same as the original concrete, others , like Semco’s X-Bond Seamless Stone come in a variety of polishes, and colors for you to choose from.

5. Can you resurface a driveway?

Of course! And it can be done decoratively too. Driveway resurfacing is a great alternative to concrete demo and removal. No need to rip up old concrete. And the time required for concrete resurfacing is far less than the days and weeks that it sometimes takes to remove, pour, set and dry a new concrete driveway.

6. Can you resurface concrete for ADA Compliance?

You sure can. With Semco ADA Safety Flooring, you can make your concrete surface ADA compliant for pool decks, sidewalks and more.

7. Should I resurface my concrete floor?

It depends on the state of the concrete. If the concrete is badly damaged, sinking due to foundational issues, concrete replacement might be the best choice. But if the cracks are minor, then resurfacing is a much better bet.

8. Does concrete resurfacer come as a decorative concrete overlay?

Yes! With Semco concrete resurfacing products, you get a variety of colors, polishes and finishes to choose from. And you can even use the colors and finishes to create decorative designs and patters on you concrete surface.

9. How do I get started with concrete resurfacing?

If you are interested in concrete resurfacing, Semco FL can help you get the right resurfacing solution for your project. Contact us to get started on your new concrete surface. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Cover Wall Tile Without Removing Them in Bathrooms, Showers, Kitchens and More

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Are old, ugly tiles in your bathroom shower or kitchen backsplash ruining your attempts to beautify your spaces? You might have thought about removing the old tile and replacing it. But that can get costly and it is a big job. Have you ever removed and replaced floor tile? We have; it is a pain in the neck. Now imagine all the delicacy that goes into setting floor tile on the ground and think about doing that on a vertical wall. Wall tile is difficult to install and before you go and tear it out and replace it, read over these options to cover up wall tile in your bathroom, shower or other areas.

Cover Up Wall Tiles in Bathroom or Kitchen with Tile Stickers

While not a total cover up tile solution, tile stickers offer a way to revivify old tile and without having to remove or replace them. Tile stickers can be used on both floor and wall tile. They are especially suited to kitchens and can give that old backsplash a bit of decorative flair. Tile stickers come in a variety of materials including vinyl and even metal. To install tile stickers to your bathroom or kitchen wall tiles, first clean the tile with a surface cleaning product. Cleaning the tiles ensure that you will get a good adhesive bond. After you allow the tile to dry, remove the paper backing from a self-stick tile and press it over the tile.

Tile stickers are a quick and easy solution to cover up wall tile, but they are not always the best solution. One of the main drawbacks is that the adhesive used in the stickers can wear down in moisture rich environments like a shower or bathroom. And if you get a stronger waterproof adhesive, it can end up damaging the tile in the long run.

Consider using tile paint to cover wall tiles without removing them

Another great option is to use tile paint cover up old bathroom and kitchen wall tiles. Tile paint can be applied to any tiles to give them a clean look. Painting your tile may sound like an easy job, but it is anything but. Tile, especially ceramic tile, is really hard to paint because it is a non-porous smooth surface. The paint has trouble adhering to the tile. So if you chose to go this route, either hire a contractor or be sure you know what you are doing.

Another issue with tile paint is that it makes cleaning your wall tile a little trickier. Cleaning solutions can chip away at the paint and cause it to erode. Tile paint also does not last as long as a more permanent solution like wall tile resurfacing.

Resurface your old wall tileupdate floor tile without removing them with SEMCO

If you are tired of that old tile wall, and don’t want to go through the hassle of removing and replacing, painting or stickers, resurfacing is the best way to cover wall tiles. Tile resurfacing involves applying a resurfacing compound called a microcement over the tile. The resurfacing material is easily applied and usually comes in a variety of surface texture finishes, polishes and colors to meet your color pallet. The Semco Remodel without Removal resurfacing system is a great choice if you want to resurface your wall tile. It even works on floor tile too. The Semco system creates a molecular bond with the tile surface, creating a strong, durable and beautiful new decorative wall or floor.


Options to Update Floor Tile Without Removing Them

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Old and outdated floor tiles can ruin the appearance of your space.

Ceramic tiles are perhaps the only flooring solution that can work in any room of a house or office. Tile is most commonly seen in kitchens and bathrooms, but its versatility, durability and ease of maintenance means tile is also seen in a variety of flooring applications including offices, patios, walkways and even pool decks. Tile is also long lasting. But this is where you can run into trouble. Tile that is old is often stylistically dated and tile floors can even limit the type of renovations and remodels you do to walls and other areas of your interior or exterior space. And old tile is also likely damaged and chipped and even stained. Many people believe that the only way to get rid of old tile is to remove it completely and either replace it with new tile or a new surface.

But before you go ripping up your old tile floors, check out these options to cover up ugly floor tiles.

Installing a Vinyl Top

Those who are looking for a quick solution may want to opt for adding a vinyl surface atop their existing tile floors. These days, vinyl comes in many different colors, patterns, and quality levels.

Adding vinyl atop of existing floors normally entails choosing the right amount of vinyl for the space, cutting it at the right dimensions, and applying it to the surface of the existing floor. Keep in mind that although vinyl is a quick fix, it is often permanent as well. Therefore, those who choose to place vinyl atop of their existing floors should only do so if they are certain that they do not want to do anything with their tile floors, and are completely comfortable with the vinyl.

While vinyl is a cheap and easy way to cover your old tile floors, it also comes with a number of drawbacks. Vinyl is cheap for a reason. It is not very durable and is prone to punctures. If your floor takes a lot of traffic and abuse, vinyl flooring is not the best option to update floor tile without removing them.

Clean the Grout Between the Tiles

Cleaning the grout between the tiles is another temporary fix that you can choose. Grout often collects dirt, grime, and other substances over time, which can leave your tile floors looking old and outdated.

To clean the grout between your tiles, you can create your own natural cleaning solution at home, or you can purchase a product from your local hardware store or get a professional surface cleaning product. Either way, the process involves some elbow grease and time. Nonetheless, once you clean the grout between your tiles, you should have tile with a somewhat presentable appearance.

Use a Tile Cleaner or Surface Cleaner

If grout cleaning is not enough to restore your tile to its luster, you can also use a surface cleaner to help bring back those old tiles. A surface cleaner like Semco Stone Soap is a great option for cleaning tile floors. It can also be used as a grout cleaner. It is strong enough to clean, but gentle enough not to damage fragile finishes and is 100% biodegradable.

Use a Rug to Cover Old Tiles

Perhaps the easiest way to update or cover old tile is to place a rug on top of the floors. While the rug may not hide the floors entirely, it can improve the appearance of the space and give it a bit of style. This technique is best used in smaller areas like bathrooms. The downside, of course, is that a rug can become dirty over time and does not solve the old, ugly tile problem but merely hides it.

Update Floor Tile Without Replacing Them by Resurfacing

diagram of tile resurfacing updating tiles without removing them

Resurfacing your tile floors with a micro cement or cement resurfacing compound like the Semco Remodel without Removal system is a great way to update your old tiles without removing them. Tile resurfacing is perhaps the best option for those who are looking to update their tile floors without removing them. You can resurface any type of tile in both outdoor and indoor areas. The benefit of resurfacing is that you get a brand new seamless surface that is stronger than vinyl and other floor tile overlay solutions. Semco Remodel without removal uses the Semco X-Bond Seamless Stone which creates a molecular bond to the old tile surface. The resulting surface is waterproof, chemical resistant and comes in a variety of colors and polishes.

If you think the Semco surface solution is the right choice for your tile restoration project, contact us today and let us help you get the best surface solution for your needs.


Tile Resurfacing and Remodel Without Removal Before and After

Want to Learn More about Remodel Without Removal Tile Resurfacing?

Tile resurfacing is a new solution to an old problem: what to do with that ugly old tile. Instead of removing the tile and replacing it, tile resurfacing is a method of overlaying a tile resurfacing product that bonds to the old tile. It covers the grout to make a seamless, beautiful and polished surface.


Contact Us to Get Started on Your Tile Resurfacing Project

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Contact us to tell us bit about your project and we will get you set up with a Certified Semco Tile Resurfacing Expert in your area.

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