Time erodes everything. Even concrete. In the past, you had two choices as your concrete began to crack and shift. You could try to repair it, or you could replace it altogether.
In recent years, concrete resurfacing has emerged as a popular alternative to these two options. Taking a best of both worlds approach, concrete resurfacing provides a “like new” finish with little mess at an affordable price.
Because it is a relatively new process, we regularly receive questions about what exactly concrete resurfacing is and how it works.
To help you determine what’s best for your needs, we thought we’d share some answers to the most common questions.
What exactly is concrete resurfacing?
Concrete resurfacing is just what it sounds like. Rather than replacing all of the concrete, the top layer is removed, minor cracks are repaired if needed, and a new surface is added using a resurfacer. Though resurfacer looks and acts like normal concrete, it is not the exact same.
Instead, it features special bonding agents that allow it to form a connection with the previous concrete, creating a strong, cohesive floor. If you try to use normal concrete for resurfacing, all you’ll get is a crumbling mess.
What does resurfaced concrete look like?
A resurfaced concrete floor looks virtually identical to a brand-new concrete floor. This is in contrast to repaired concrete which typically shows repair spots or blemishes.
Is my concrete eligible for resurfacing?
There are a number of factors that can play into whether or not resurfacing is a good choice for you. If the structural integrity of the underlaying concrete has been compromised and/or there are deep cracks throughout, replacement might be the best choice.
The best way to determine if resurfacing is an option is to consult with a contractor.
When can I have my concrete resurfaced?
Resurfacing conditions are the same as traditional concrete pouring. You need above freezing temperatures and a dry environment.
How much does resurfacing cost?
This varies depending on the size and current condition of your concrete surface. You can expect it to be considerably cheaper than total concrete replacement.
How long does it last?
Thanks to its advanced bonding properties, concrete resurfacing can last for quite a while. A properly resurfaced floor can last from 8-15 years.
Can I resurface my own concrete?
While you can purchase resurfacer at your local hardware store, we would not recommend it. The concrete must be treated properly before the resurfacer is added, or it won’t last. Also, the resurfacer needs to be applied correctly.
The process of concrete resurfacing requires commercial grade tools and a professional touch.
Can Stain and Special finishes be used with concrete resurfacing?
Yes. Just like with a normal concrete floor, you can stain and polish resurfaced concrete to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind finish.
When can I get started?
It all starts with contacting a concrete professional. For all of your concrete needs, whether it’s concrete resurfacing or concrete sealer, Selecting Flooring has the skills and experience to get the job done right. Contact us today.