There are many people that are thinking that the only solution to an old discolored or cracked concrete is to replace or remove it in order for your concrete surface to look more appealing. But there are actually a number of options to makeover an old or discolored concrete than just tearing out the old concrete and install a new one.
You need to know first if the surface is ideal for resurfacing.
Before you do anything, you need to know first if the concrete can be resurfaced. There are actually no difficult steps here. You only need to check the concrete surface and see to it that it is still in good condition. If there will be some deep, widespread, or large cracks, or some damage or heaving from thaw/freeze conditions, or if the soils have started to settle, then the concrete will not be suitable for resurfacing. If you have no idea on what to do, then you should look for a concrete professional to check the concrete surface.
This article will provide you with the various options for concrete resurfacing.
Overlays – this option has a number of types to produce different patterns. One of the choices are the stampable overlays that will copy how a natural stone or brick will appear. You also have the micro toppings that will provide you with a troweled textured or smooth finish. If you want the thickest and smooth even surface, then you should consider the self-leveling overlays. But if you are looking for a very durable, textured, and skid resistant surface, then you should consider the spray down overlays.
Staining – this option will not only give your concrete surface a solid color. The stains will actually seep down into the concrete that is why you can produce a rich semitransparent color that can actually copy the look of polished marble or stained wood.
Decorative Stencils – you can create a stenciled concrete pattern on an existing concrete by placing the stencil over the surface and apply a thin decorative coating. The stencil will be exposing the other parts of the concrete to the coating and will be blocking the other parts so that you can get the pattern that you are looking for.
Saw cutting – this option will help you produce different patterns onto the surface. Once the concrete is hardened, it will be saw cut. In order to create a contrast with the adjacent concrete, the pattern will be stained after that.
Engraving or etching – you will be using special tools so that you can produce designs for the concrete surface. Since you will be carving the surface with a pattern, this method is a permanent resurfacing not like the overlays. You also can do staining or some striking results after.