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 you should know that there are actually more options to makeover a discolored or old concrete than just installing a new one after you will tear out the old concrete surface.
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. There are actually no difficult steps here. You only need to check the concrete surface and see to it that it is still in good condition. The concrete surface is not ideal for concrete resurfacing if it will have some damages such as deep, widespread, or large cracks, or if the soil has started to settle. 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 – this option has a number of types to produce different patterns. The stampable overlays are one of the choices that will copy the appearance of natural stone or brick. There is also the microtoppings that will produce 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 – this option will not only help you add a solid color to the concrete surface. The stain will seep into the concrete which will let you produce a rich semitransparent color that will copy how a polished marble or stained wood will look.
Decorative stencils – if you want to produce a stenciled concrete pattern on the concrete surface, you will need to place the stencil over the surface and apply a thin decorative coating. In order to produce the pattern that you are looking for, the stencil will show some parts of the concrete to the coating and will block the other parts.
Saw cutting – this method will let you create different patterns on your concrete surface. After the concrete is hardened, it will saw cut. The pattern will be stained after that in order to create a contrast with the 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 can do some striking or some staining after that.