Why would I resurface my concrete?
Over time concrete surfaces become worn, stained and uneven. Decorative Concrete Resurfacing is an affordable alternative to tearing out concrete to create a beautiful and unique new surface that will last for many years.
How is Concrete Resurfacing different than concrete staining or paint?
When you install a concrete overlay you are adding a new layer of cement that can be stained or colored just like a new slab of concrete. Unlike concrete staining or painting, concrete resurfacing can give a worn slab a new surface. Also concrete overlays can be applied with a variety of textures and three dimensional designs.
What is Concrete Resurfacing?
Concrete Resurfacing is a process by which a thin layer of acrylic modified cement is added to the top of an existing concrete slab to create a new surface. This process is also called a concrete overlay.
Will a Concrete Overlay chip or crack?
The materials SoCal Custom Concrete uses have roughly twice the compressive strength of traditional concrete. That being said they are not indestructible and severe impacts can cause scrapes or chips similar to what a plain slab of concrete would do under similar stress. A concrete overlay will almost never crack on its own, however if the concrete slab underneath it cracks the concrete overlay will usually crack with it.
Can Concrete Resurfacing eliminate cracks in my concrete?
This is an area of decorative concrete that is highly misunderstood with many fly-by-night resurfacing contractors promising to eliminate cracks. SoCal Custom Concrete will repair cracks in concrete prior to resurfacing. However if a crack is repaired without addressing what caused the crack in the first place, a new crack will develop within a short amount of time. There are many options for addressing cracks depending on the specific situation. It is important to deal with a contractor who will be honest with you about the limitations of concrete resurfacing.
Can a Concrete Overlay eliminate the joints in my concrete?
Joints are put into concrete to minimize random cracking, it is very important to leave these control joints. If a concrete overlay is put over these joints there will almost certainly be severe and unsightly cracking. SoCal recommends incorporating awkwardly placed joints into a concrete resurfacing design. Often joints are hardly noticeable using this method.
What about joints that are very large?
SoCal Custom Concrete can address these joints prior to concrete resurfacing to create new normal size joints.
There are many Concrete Resurfacing products that all claim to be the best, which one should I choose?
The truth is there are many manufactures that make good professional concrete resurfacing products and much of the technology in these products is very similar. The difference in results is almost always in the installer not following the manufacturers recommended procedures. SoCal uses concrete resurfacing products that have demonstrated consistent quality results and we strictly follow the recommended application procedure.
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How is a design created with Concrete Resurfacing?
Multiple layers of concrete can be applied with different colors to create dramatic and realistic designs while different application techniques can create many unique textures. With concrete resurfacing a design can be created that is truly custom to your surface.
A concrete overlay should not peel up and SoCal Custom Concrete warranties against delamination. There are a few reasons why a concrete overlay could fail. The most common reason is an improperly prepared surface. Before concrete resurfacing can be done the surface must be THOROUGHLY cleaned and properly etched. A washing with a garden hose and a push broom is not enough to prepare the surface for concrete resurfacing. All contaminants, including paint, must be removed from the surface and the surface should be etched prior to concrete resurfacing. Most other failures are due to the installer applying a concrete overlay to a surface that is not appropriate (ie. badly spalled concrete).
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