If, like most people, you dislike the idea of having to completely remove and replace your existing concrete surfaces, then concrete resurfacing could be the perfect choice for you.
What is concrete resurfacing?
Concrete resurfacing is a method that effectively provides a new lease of life for existing concrete surfaces, such as driveways, floors, and paths. Rather than removing and replacing the entire concrete base, an additional layer is added to the existing surface, which hugely improves the overall aesthetic.
Why is concrete resurfacing beneficial?
- Concrete resurfacing is far more economical than removing and replacing existing concrete. The cost of resurfacing a concrete surface is a fraction of the cost of replacement, while still delivering incredible improvements.
- Concrete resurfacing is also a far more straightforward process than removing and replacing existing concrete, so there’s less hassle, stress, and inconvenience for you and your family.
- Concrete resurfacing can also increase the resilience of the existing surface, helping to prevent wear and improve overall resistance.
How does concrete resurfacing work?
The process is very simple, yet incredibly effective. The most common form of concrete resurfacing involves polymer-modified overlay systems, which blend polymer resins with sand, cement, and other additives. This technique improves both the look and the function, of the concrete surface.
Alternatively, overcrete resurfacing compounds can be used, though these do not offer the same increased functional benefits; they are primarily decorative. Nevertheless, they can work well, particularly if your existing concrete is in otherwise good condition and just needs a new lease of aesthetic life.
Will concrete resurfacing suit my home?
One of the greatest benefits of concrete resurfacing is that it is almost entirely customisable, and can be tailored to meet your specific colour, texture, and design preferences.
Is all concrete suitable for resurfacing?
- Concrete resurfacing is only suitable if the existing concrete has a sound structural foundation. Any issues regarding the underlying structure should be rectified before resurfacing is attempted.
- If the concrete has any pre-existing coatings or treatments, these should be removed before attempting resurfacing.
- Larger cracks will need to be filled and repaired prior to concrete resurfacing.
How much does resurfacing cost?
The cost of concrete resurfacing is entirely dependent on the individual job, the type of resurfacing that has been chosen, and the condition of the existing concrete surface. Bright colours or bold patterns, for example, are more intricate, and will thus usually cost more; while surfaces that require additional levelling prior to the treatment being applied also tend to be more expensive.
Another additional cost factor is labour. If you choose to complete the work yourself, this will – like all DIY jobs – tend to be more cost-effective than hiring a professional company to complete the project. Concrete resurfacing takes some effort to get right but should be suitable for most accomplished DIYers.
For more information on the supplies you will need to complete the job yourself, please do get in touch with Perth Concrete Resurfacing Supplies for more information. We will be happy to guide you towards the most suitable solutions for your concrete resurfacing project.