When you think of replacing something in your home, your mind immediately goes to how much it will cost. Unless it’s a lightbulb, the word “replace” is pretty much synonymous with “expensive”. We try to go as long as we can with what we have. We repair and patch and make do. Eventually, though, it’s out with the old, and in with the new.

But does it have to be?

In the case of concrete flooring, there’s a middle option: resurfacing.

Concrete resurfacing is a relatively new process that has taken off in recent years. It allows you to add a brand-new layer over an established concrete foundation, creating a fresh-concrete appearance that covers damage and blemishes.

Though concrete resurfacing is a great, affordable alternative to concrete replacement, it’s not applicable in every situation.  Used incorrectly, you may find yourself with the same cracks and unevenness you were trying to cover up.

How do you know whether to replace or resurface? Here are some things to look at.

The Depth of the Damage

A few cracks in any concrete floor are normal. As concrete settles, it moves. As temperatures change, it shrinks and expands. Even the best laid concrete is going give here or there. (FYI, a great way to mask this is with some concrete stain and sealer.)

But eventually, the cracks start to become unsightly. If they’re relatively small and/or shallow, they can likely be covered with resurfacer. If they appear to go deep down to the foundation, that might not be enough to fix it.

Uneven Ground

Concrete can become uneven overtime as the ground beneath it shifts. This often causes noticeable breaks. If parts of the concrete have shifted to uneven heights, the subbase has likely moved. Since that’s below the concrete itself, it will likely need replacing.

How Long Has It Been?

Concrete driveways can last 30 years. Other concrete floors can last 50 years or more. If the concrete was laid right, and you haven’t reached that many years, there’s a good chance you can resurface.

Ask a Professional

The best way to learn where your concrete stands is to have a professional look at it. Based off their experience, they know what’s going on, and what the best course is to take from there.

The last thing you want to do is spend time and money resurfacing your concrete, only to discover replacement was needed. Alternatively, it’s a shame to tear up a strong foundation of concrete when all you needed to do was resurface it.

In some cases, you may just need some basic repair.

Get your concrete fixed right the first time. Trust in a proven professional. For concrete repair in Ohio, contact Select Flooring Systems today!