Concrete Resurfacing 101


Curb appeal is more important than you would imagine. Your curb is the first thing visitors notice when they arrive at your home. If your concrete driveway, patio, or concrete floors are showing signs of wear and tear, it’s time to take action. There are two options for damaged concrete floors and driveways: demolishing it to replace it entirely or resurface the concrete.

If you are thinking about restoring concrete, and the damages are superficial, then concrete resurfacing might be just what you need. The resurfacing process is done to restore the concrete slab to its original appearance. Damages such as cracking, discoloration, and mild chipping can be repaired with concrete resurfacing.

What is concrete resurfacing?

The existing concrete surface serves as the foundation for resurfacing. Nothing is dismantled and discarded. Instead, the fresh concrete is poured onto the original one, attaching to it and becoming a new surface. Concrete resurfacer is applied in a very thin layer, unlike other conventional concrete mixes. Usually, cement is combined with polymer modifiers, fine sands, and other special bonding agents to create the resurfacer.

Repair or replace, which one do you need?

According to product guidelines, resurfacing is a feasible choice if the slab has not broken all the way through and the damage is just superficial. It’s difficult to tell, but if the slab is lifted or the cracks are 2 inches deep, then it’s best to replace it. Wear and tear, surface imperfections, discoloration, and other minor damages call for concrete resurfacing. 

Having said that, we suggest having a specialist inspect the concrete floor. Concrete floors, in most cases, do not need to be replaced entirely and can be fixed to look as good as new. Many choices allow you to stencil, engrave, or even stain the concrete resurface to change its look significantly.

In most cases, resurfacing is relatively straightforward and not as time-consuming as other traditional approaches. The freedom to choose from a variety of colors, textures, and patterns is what increases the appeal of resurfacing your patio or driveway. Also, it is always advisable to get a professional to help you with the process. Concrete isn’t easy to apply so we wouldn’t recommend it for your next DIY project.

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