If your existing concrete is looking a little rough around the edges, whether it be inside or outside, you have options. When it comes to repairing cracked, damaged, worn, or old concrete there are a number of paths you can take to achieve a solid repair and updated look.
Luckily for many people, completely tearing out and replacing their concrete isn’t necessary. For most situations, concrete resurfacing is a great option. Let’s learn more about concrete resurfacing in Ohio.
What is Concrete Resurfacing?
When resurfacing concrete, the top layer of concrete is removed, minor cracks are repaired, and a new surface is poured. The material used to create this new layer is called a resurfacer.
Although a resurfacer looks like normal concrete, it’s not. A resurfacing compound has a special bonding agent inside its mix that allows it to bond with old concrete. If you were to pour new concrete on top of old without a bonding agent the two layers wouldn’t stick together. This results in two thin layers sitting on top of one another instead of a single slab of thick concrete.
In addition to the bonding agent, resurfacing compounds also include additives that make them extremely strong, even in thin layers. A typical concrete slab is around 4-6 inches thick. But a resurfacing layer can be as little as a 1/2 inch. Although we generally recommend at least an inch. It’s a very dense layer that’s durable and lasts for years if properly cared for.
What Does Resurfaced Concrete Look Like?
Resurfaced concrete looks identical to any other new concrete floor. While poured concrete slabs always have some variation based on the mix used and the finishes chosen, you can still usually make a resurfaced slab look just like the original concrete if that’s the look you want.
This is an advantage when compared to concrete repair which will generally show repair work.
Once a resurfacer is poured you can select any finishes you want including color, texture, stamps, and shine.
How Long Does Concrete Resurfacing Last?
Thanks to its durability, concrete resurfacing can last a long time. Considering it’s been properly installed, well cared for and the existing concrete base is strong. A properly resurfaced floor can last from 10-20+ years.
Can I resurface My Own Concrete?
Resurfacing concrete can take a lot of skill and expertise. From removing damaged layers, making repairs, inspecting the slab, and installing the resurfacer, there are a lot of professional tools needed and there is a lot of room for error.
If you try to resurface a slab that isn’t in good condition, it won’t be long before it cracks and breaks again. If you don’t apply the resurfacer correctly, your finish could be a mess.
For these reasons and much more, we don’t advise you to try to resurface concrete on your own. In the long run, it will save you a lot of time and headaches to hire a professional, like our team at Select Flooring Systems to get the job done right!