Concrete resurfacing is a process of applying a thin layer of cement-based material mixed with special adhesive agents over existing concrete. This new layer is designed to adhere to the old concrete, creating a beautiful and smooth surface. Once the new layer dries, it becomes stronger and more durable than the original concrete slab, with a compressive strength of 4,500 PSI. This process is also known as concrete coating, and it is a popular form of concrete repainting.
The resurfacing process is similar to finishing a hardwood floor. The old concrete surface is first prepared by removing any tiles or other materials. Then, a 1 ½ inch layer of unbonded reinforced concrete is applied. This layer usually contains a common cement mixture, polymer modifiers, fine sands, and other special bonding agents.
The facing compound has an adhesive agent that allows it to stick to the old concrete. Concrete resurfacing can also be used for decorative purposes. A variety of colors, textures, and patterns can be applied over the existing surface, making it look like new again. This type of decorative finish can be used on entrances, patios, pool terraces, and even interior floors.
It is also less labor-intensive and less damaging than replacing the concrete altogether. When working with concrete resurfacing, it is important to ensure that everything is done at the right time before the concrete hardens. Proper preparation of the concrete surface will ensure that the coating mixture spreads evenly throughout the slab. The material should be poured in strips one foot wide and rubbed around the surface with a long-handled spatula.
High-quality, well-formulated, and correctly applied resurfacing can extend the life of concrete for years. It can also repair worn, old, and dirty surfaces without the hassle of a demolition crew. Whether you're looking to enhance the aesthetic appeal and increase the value of your property or just looking to give it a “facelift”, concrete resurfacing is a great option.