Resurfacing interior or exterior concrete floors opens up worlds of design possibilities: from simple and economic skim coats to more elaborate stamps that really dress up an area. Whatever the end result, all are achieved through the application of a thin (1/8" to 1/4") coating of a special cement mix designed to stick to your floor. The standard term for this process is an "overlay" by which we mean we lay this material over your existing concrete in a thin coat. This gives us a great deal of flexibility in changing the appearance of your floors or repairing and renewing damaged concrete. The following are four of the most popular options for concrete resurfacing.
Stamped Overlay - Stamping is the process of creating a stone-like appearance on your existing concrete. After thoroughly cleaning and preparing the surface, a 1/4" thick overlay is poured on to the floor and the stone appearance created by pressing a patterned rubber matt directly into it while it's still soft. Textures such as granite, sandstone, and roman slate can be created. Once the material has hardened, the final coloring is done through an acid or water staining.
Trowel Downs - These are freehand random effects troweled (material is pushed around using a flat steel handle) directly into the overlay material while it is still wet. It can be made to imitate stone surfaces while maintaining a relatively flat surface. Because the process is quicker and uses less material than a traditional stamped overlay, it's generally a more economical option for those seeking a stone-like surface.
It can be made to imitate stone surfaces while maintaining a relatively flat surface. Because the process is quicker and uses less material than a traditional stamped overlay, it's generally a more economical option for those seeking a stone-like surface.
Skim Coats - If your exterior concrete has an issue, a skim coat is an economical remedy. A skim coat overlay is a thin layer of special cement that is applied to the surface of your existing concrete, opening up new decorative possibilities. A skim coat can fix some leveling problems, or if you have extended your patio, blend in new and existing sections of concrete. It tends to have a grainier texture that is more slip resistant than other types of overlays such as a microfinish which we normally do for interior concrete floors.
Microfinish overlay - A thin coating of overlay material that is generally used for interior concrete floors which have had other types of flooring previously installed. This allows us to start with a "clean slate", burying issues such as tack strip holes, glue, magic marker, tile "ghost images", etc.— basically all the gunk we tend to find underneath the existing flooring— and replace it with a brand new concrete surface ready for acid staining.