Resurfacing your Old Concrete
Many people that have old concrete that over time that has become unsightly have resorted to power washing and in some cases painting their concrete to make it more presentable.
GOOD NEWS: There are now numerous ways to address this problem due to Polymer Modified Overlays, Colored Sealers and Micro-Toppings that will if installed properly hold up very well in the Northeast. They can even be used for interior applications.
Proper surface preparation is key to these types of installations and Cutting Corners will only result in a Fatal Collision that will not only be costly but also aggravating. It cannot be stressed enough that choosing the correct contractor for these type applications is the difference between success or failure.
Most concrete can be overlaid provided that there are not numerous cracks that although repaired will likely reappear in the new surface since movement under the new overlay will still occur cracking the new surface. Small cracks can be repaired and stand a better chance of not reappearing if they are shrinkage related. This can be assessed by the Professional that you select.
When we say Professional we are not kidding. A professional will be totally honest with you. He or She will let you know that cracks that are repaired may likely return. They will let you know that you concrete is not a good candidate for resurfacing due to a dusting surface, numerous cracking, high moisture content in the slab due to ground water perking up through the concrete or latent materials that are present such as oil.
Some of the poor conditions for overlays can be remedied prior to installation but if not addressed properly can cause a failure.
Get a warranty of at least two years. You will likely see any issues show up in the first winter if outside but for sure by the second.
We at Split-Rok Construction have been installing these overlays for years and never do a job that we feel will be questionable since if it fails it costs us money and you aggravation.
These overlays can be Stamped with an impression, Polished and Stained or just colored. They are all different costs that can be explained by the contractor that you chose.
Remember that Honesty and Proper assessment is what will insure a proper installation.
We would be happy to assess your concrete for a possible resurfacing that can not only save you money but will give your old concrete a brand new look in most cases for less than a removal and replacement. If you are out of our area we can help you assess your concrete if you supply pictures and call or email.
The Concrete Professor