Decorative concrete can be used in a variety of applications in and around the home. This concrete is used as a resurfacing material on pathways, driveways, patios and sunrooms. Unlike regular concrete, decorative concrete can be used to mimic a certain finish.
Why Resurface is Important
If your exterior space requires a much-needed sprucing, you can freshen it up by resurfacing the concrete with decorative concrete. Before starting your own resurfacing project, you want to take a good look at the condition of your concrete and check for cracks, uneven spots, and erosion. If certain parts of the concrete are shifting or eroding, then the concrete has to be replaced or repaired before resurfacing.
Step-By-Step Guide on Concrete Resurfacing
If say, the concrete is ready for resurfacing then you will need to take additional steps to achieve the best results.
Clean the Concrete
Start by cleaning the concrete surface first. A clean concrete ensures an even resurfacing. Get a power washer and remove accumulated dirt and debris without breaking apart the concrete. You can also use a cleaning product to clean the concrete.
If the concrete surface is ridden with cracks or parts of the surface are crumbling along the edges, repair it using concrete filler. Concrete fillers are available in most hardware stores. It can be applied using a caulking tube. You can also apply the filler using a small trowel. Let the filler cure according to the instruction before moving forward with the project.
Step 1: Mix the concrete resurfacing material according to the manufacturer’s instruction. You want to divide the concrete surface into different sections for an even finish. Use control joints and expansion joints as well as duct tape or weather stripping to prevent the concrete resurfacing material from spilling into the joints.
Step 2: Wet the concrete surface with water but remove any puddles. Pour the concrete material and spread it over using a long-handled squeegee. Use the squeegee to smooth the resurfacing concrete over the old concrete for a nice, even finish.
Step 3: For best results, follow up with a broom and make full strokes across the new concrete surface. You can also use a concrete edging tool 20 minutes after pouring the concrete resurfacer for a professional-looking, slip-resistant finish.
Step 4: For a thicker application, layer the concrete surface material several times using a trowel. Then, smooth out each layer with a squeegee application. If you are using trowel-applied mixes, you have to reduce the water to about 2 ¾ quarts per 18.1 kilograms bag of concrete resurfacer. Just follow the manufacturer’s instruction for additional information on adverse temperature conditions. Once the resurfacing is completed, leave the wet concrete to dry for several days.
Stick to a Design
Go ahead with the project only when you have a specific look in mind. Develop a plan first, pick a design and then stick to it. If you are unsure, do not go ahead with the project or risk disastrous results.
Choose Concrete Safe Products
Did you know that most cleaning solutions contain harsh chemicals that can damage concrete surfaces? Using these products could affect the final results of your project. For a professional-looking job, always choose products that can be used on decorative concrete surface.
It is critical to apply the concrete resurfacing material evenly to avoid dark spots, uneven areas or spots where the concrete dried too quickly. As you work, keep up the pace but apply the material evenly.