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Is A Concrete Overlay Right For Me?
Concrete Overlay Pros
- Applying a concrete overlay is much cheaper than installing many other types of flooring or tearing out old concrete.
- They’re more environmentally-friendly as you’re taking advantage of the existing flooring materials instead of disposing of it.
- These coatings are extremely versatile, they don’t need to be cut or shaped and the design possibilities are practically endless.
- Overlays can be poured as thin as one-quarter of an inch, to fit in almost any space that other materials cannot.
- These concrete coatings are highly durable and resistant to staining, moisture damage, and abrasive materials.
Concrete Overlay Cons
- Minor repairs may be necessary before installation.
- They are not a DIY friendly project.
- It creates a hard, cold surface which may not be ideal for every room.
- They need to be sealed to get the most out of the resistant properties.
- Without texturizing, they can be slippery when wet.
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These overlays are used to structurally restore worn or damaged concrete by flattening out on their own to form a smooth, level surface.
Concrete Overlay Maintenance
If your concrete coating does become heavily soiled for one reason or another, a pH-neutral cleaner will be the best solution without damaging your concrete surface. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush or mildly abrasive scrub pad when cleaning to avoid wearing down the sealer’s finish from repetitive scrubbing. By following these simple steps, your concrete overlay should last for decades.
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Can a decorative overlay be applied to all existing concrete surfaces?
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CONCRETE OVERLAY STAMPING AND APPLICATIONS
STAMPING AN OVERLAY PROVIDES A UNIQUE DESIGN THAT CAN BE APPLIED FOR MULTIPLE SCENARIOS.
CONCRETE OVERLAY STAMPS
The possibilities are limitless when it comes to stamping a concrete overlay. Stamps can be used to make the overlay surface mimic various other types of flooring. These stamps can include natural stone surfaces, brick patterns, and several types of wood designs. Not only is this a cheaper solution than applying real stone, brick, or wood, but it also allows you to restore an uneven or mildly damaged concrete surface to a stronger state. The overlay can be colored by mixing in pigments before application or by staining after application to make these stamped patterns appear even more realistic as well.
Stamped concrete overlays normally see more use outdoors than inside a home or business. However, there are several applications that are ideal for these concrete coatings indoors. They have seen use in family rooms, kitchens, and basements using a variety of different stamps. Some popular stamps for use indoors include tile, slate, and wood planks. There are also vertical stamped overlays that can be used to enhance fireplaces or even walls. These lightweight concrete toppings can be applied to a vertical surface without sagging in order to still impart the pattern.
Here is where these concrete coatings see the majority of the action. With patios, pool decks, walkways, driveways, and entryways, these overlays can do it all. These thin toppings are a highly cost-efficient method to restore old, worn concrete to a more structurally sound condition while beautifying the space as well. Some popular stamps for outdoor applications include random stone, European fans, and Herringbone brick patterns. They offer the same durability, resistance, and longevity as standard concrete, without a costly replacement. No matter the climate they’re installed in, they can withstand the harsh weather that these surfaces will face outdoors without wearing down quickly.
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THE INSTALLATION PROCESS
The process of installing an overlay begins with the cleaning, repairing, and resurfacing of the existing concrete. The slab needs to be free of any and all dirt and debris. If minor damage present, it will need to be repaired. Once repairs are done, the concrete can be resurfaced. This is typically done by way of shot blasting. After resurfacing, the application of the overlay can begin. The overlay is mixed, with any colors to be used included, then poured over the expanse of the concrete base. After allowing it to set to the correct consistency, the stamps are applied to the overlay, imprinting it with the desired pattern. Lastly, after the overlay has cured for at least 24 hours, a sealer should be applied.
STAMPABLE CONCRETE OVERLAY COSTS
There are various factors that determine how much stamped installation costs. One of the largest factors is the size of the area. The type of colors and patterns will also affect the price of the project. A stamped concrete patio with one base color will likely cost less than a stamped concrete overlay with multiple colors. The average cost of a stamped concrete overlay, including the resurfacing process, can range between $8 and $20 per square, depending on the size, complexity, and type of stamp used for this project.
The steps of cleaning, repairing, and resurfacing the concrete can typically be completed in one day for an average-sized project. Once these steps have been completed the application of the overlay and the process of stamping it with the desired pattern can begin. This process should be completed on the second day. The overlay will need 24 to 48 hours to cure completely, depending on the weather conditions and airflow to the surface. After the coating has cured, a sealer should be applied to the surface for added protection that will be dry in a few hours. The entire process will take between three and four days to complete.
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Installing a concrete overlay and stamping it with a unique pattern or design requires skillful precision and technique. This is a fast-paced project that demands accuracy while moving quickly before the overlay has time to cure fully. A simple mistake in timing or stamp placement could potentially ruin the results of the installation. When utilizing the services of a professional contractor, this shouldn’t be a concern as they have years of experience doing these sorts of projects.
PROPER TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
The installation process for this type of concrete coating warrants the use of specialized tools and equipment to yield high-quality, uniform results. You can avoid the costs of having to purchase or rent these tools in order to take on a project such as this by hiring a team of professionals. These concrete contractors will arrive to the job fully equipped and prepared to handle this type of project.
Taking on a project of this magnitude requires more than one person to produce the best results. Not to mention, everyone involved with this project is going to need to know exactly how this process works and their role in it. When you hire a team of knowledgeable contractors, you take this factor out of the equation. In doing so, you’re ensuring that you receive the highest-quality results for your project.
When choosing to install a stampable concrete overlay, you have access to a wide variety of patterns and colors to make your space your own. These concrete coatings have a plethora of uses for both interior and exterior applications including family rooms, kitchens, patios, and driveways. The installation can cost anywhere from $8 to $20 per square foot depending on the size of the project and the colors and patterns used. The install process should take roughly three to four days to complete including applying a sealer. The adaptability, affordability, and longevity of this material make it ideal for practically any concrete surfacing project.