Driveways, Patios, Slabs, Stamped, Exposed Aggregate and More
Concrete is such a durable material that, once installed, you can expect to get years – decades even – of useful service, but it does need to be resurfaced once in a blue moon.
Whether this is a patio, driveway, a floor or pathway concrete is often used in high footfall areas. Or it can often be suggested for use in areas of the country with inclement weather, from baking summer sunshine or freezing winters through to everything in between.
And this is absolutely fine, because concrete can, by and large, take whatever is thrown at it.
However, if you have some concrete installed on your property that is beginning to show its age, then you too can appreciate that, whilst durable, concrete is certainly not invincible.
This can be particularly obvious if you have acquired a concrete driveway or patio when you moved in, and it has clearly not received the love and care, not to mention general maintenance even, that it should have done.
Unmaintained concrete can be a bit of an eyesore, however luckily because of concrete’s durability it is often only cosmetic surface damage which has occurred. The underlying concrete itself and the foundations on which it sits can often be absolutely fine – even if the surface of the concrete has seen better days!
This is great news for the home or business owner who just wants to give their concrete a face-lift instead of a full rip out and replace – and make significant financial savings.
It is strongly recommended that you seek out the services of a professional concrete contractor to provide resurfacing services, as it can be a more complex task than meets the eye.
Just as one example, the contractor will arrive with the correct type of concrete, as resurfacing concrete is a different beast to regular concrete. You may in fact have noticed this if you have ever received a quote for concrete resurfacing – and if you haven’t but will be seeking a quote soon then keep an eye out!
You may notice that the quote for material is higher for resurfacing than you may expect for a brand new installation. This is because resurfacing concrete is different from normal concrete. In addition to the usual cement, aggregate and sand, resurfacing concrete also contains bonding agents.
These chemicals help the resurfacing concrete to create a proper bond with the original concrete layer, meaning it will dry correctly and leave a normal looking concrete surface behind.
New concrete spread on old without the bonding agent will simply sit on top of the original layer, not drying properly, and will end up as a crumbling mess – completely useless for anything.
However, whilst the material outlay may be higher, resurfacing is a far simpler procedure than ripping out old concrete and pouring fresh. Therefore a resurfacing will almost always be a cheaper option than a full replacement.
It should also be noted that concrete resurfacer is not a cure for all the problems that can plague old concrete, and it won’t fix any underlying problems. Some people assume, and some crooked contractors will promise, that resurfacing concrete can be used to fix cracks in old concrete.
This is categorically not true, and all cracks need to be patched and repaired before the resurfacing concrete is poured.
Resurfacing concrete is also ill suited to simply covering up stains and spillages on concrete. This especially applies to driveways – oil and grease stains must be cleaned up before the resurfacing concrete is poured, or the chemicals in these stains will affect the bonding agents in the new concrete level, causing unsightly patches to develop.
Resurfacing is all in all though an excellent – and cheap – method to add a whole new lease of life to tired, worn out concrete.