Although concrete is one of the most durable and widely used materials used in construction, it has its limitations and its endurance can only take so much. Through continuous exposure to the elements or heavy pressures (especially for flooring), signs of aging like cracks and discoloration may occur. Although this doesn’t mean that concrete is no longer viable, these minor issues need to be addressed. Concrete resurfacing is the answer.
For the resurfacing process to be more successful, it’s important to develop a deeper understanding of how it is done and, more importantly, when it is the better route to take instead of replacement.
Concrete resurfacing is basically the process of adding a thin cement-based overlay on existing concrete. This overlay usually has special bonding agents mixed in to make sure it adheres well for a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing surface.
Concrete resurfacers are generally designed to be applied in very thin coats – no thicker than ½ inch. These are also usually very strong and are rated to withstand a compressive strength of up to 4500 psi. If properly applied and set, it can be more durable than the concrete base.
At Life Specialty Coatings, we offer a range of resurfacing systems that take advantage of several other materials to mix and match for a noticeably better and even stronger overlay.
Concrete Resurfacing is often the solution chosen to address the following concerns:
- The concrete base is structurally sound but there are issues present.
- Areas with discoloration
- Shallow cracks
- Minor chipping
- Pits and holes
When Is Concrete Resurfacing Ideal?
Concrete surfaces with only minor damage are ideal candidates for resurfacing, but this isn’t always readily apparent. A closer inspection of the concrete base is necessary in determining whether concrete resurfacing can address the issues.
In examining the concrete slab, determine whether the issues only affect the cosmetics. If the cracks present pierce through the height of the slab, it may be an indication that major heaving is already occurring, and that resurfacing may no longer be viable. Slabs with only small, shallow cracks and spalls, where pieces of aggregate are loose, are generally good candidates for resurfacing.
Concrete resurfacing can be performed every few years, also as a preventive measure. Before the signs of aging develop into more costly endeavors, resurfacing can be done to keep the concrete slab durable. The frequency of concrete resurfacing then depends on the amount of traffic and the slab’s level exposure to the elements.
The best way to know for sure is to consult with professionals.
How Life Specialty Coatings Can Help
Our team at Life Specialty Coatings are trained and experienced in coating systems, including concrete resurfacing. For over 55 years, we have developed and honed our products to make them more durable and reliable overall. We have also been continuously building up our customer service to ensure that we deliver top-quality results to all our clients.
We offer several concrete resurfacing solutions to meet any kind of need.
- Custom and Decorative Overlay Finishes
- Color Coating Products
- Life Deck Cement Products
- Prep/Primer Products
Speak with our professionals to learn more about these options or to get more information about concrete resurfacing and other coating solutions.
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