Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, but it’s still a porous material that can be damaged by moisture, deterioration, chemicals, and weather.
When pitting, staining, cracking, or other signs of wear and tear start to show on concrete, resurfacing can help even out the surface and restore some of its original beauty.
The process to resurface concrete is pretty straightforward, but it’s important to follow these four steps to ensure a good end result.
Wait for the right conditions
As with any mixed concrete product, the weather can impact how well the product works. Be sure to read the full application instructions and note whether there are limitations on temperature or humidity before starting your project.
Clean the surface
The first step in your concrete resurfacing project should be to remove any loose materials, such as small chunks of concrete or dirt that has collected in cracks or holes. Also be sure to remove any foreign materials like sealers or paint before resurfacing. Then use a pressure washer to ensure a clean surface for the entire project.
Fill any cracks
A concrete resurfacing product is designed to go over the top of existing concrete to create a uniform surface, not fill large holes or cracks. Use an appropriate filler product to fill any large holes or cracks on the surface first.
Prepare and pour the resurfacing product
Prepare the resurfacing product according to package directions (adding a concrete tint if desired) and pour it on the surface as instructed. Then use a large squeegee to spread the resurfacing mix across the intended area. The final step is to use a broom to add some texture, which helps reduce the chance of slipping on the surface, as well as remove any squeegee lines left from application.
Resurfacing concrete is a great way to create a uniform surface on worn or stained concrete without the full expense of replacing it. With the wide range of concrete tints available, you can add some color to your concrete as well.
If you’re unsure whether your concrete surface can be resurfaced or needs more significant repairs or complete replacement, call us today for more information about our concrete services.