Concrete has been around for centuries. Although it is durable, it can wear out and get damaged. In the past, the only solution is to top off or fill in the damaged area with fresh concrete or to replace the whole slab altogether. The first one won’t last long and the latter is expensive and time-consuming. Nowadays, different repair options are available to help restore structurally sound slabs with minor cracks, holes, discoloration, and other types of damage. The great thing about these solutions is that they even make your surfaces a lot more appealing than it ever was.
Concrete Repair Methods for Pool Deck, Patio, Driveway & Garage
There are several factors that could affect the durability of concrete. Oftentimes, even the littlest crack or hole could make the surface look very unpleasant. Repairing concrete is important not only to put it back in good working condition again but also to make it safer to walk on. Catching damage early will prevent it from going deeper and, ultimately, worse enough to require a re-pour. Here are some of the best repair methods for handling surface damage that Chicago concrete repair contractors use:
Resurfacing – This method aims to replace the surface with a thin layer of coating or overlay. This is efficient in covering up the old surface, covering up the repairs in the process, giving it a new look and extending its lifespan. The most popular is stamped overlay. Different patterns can be stamped on it. Some are ornamental patterns and some are impressions of high-end materials like brick, natural stone, pavers, tile, and wood, to name a few. Spray texture is similar to stucco but with a less intense texture. This is ideal for use on pool decks, patios, and other outdoor concrete surfaces. Epoxy flooring and Polyurea Polyaspartic coating are ideal solutions for concrete resurfacing such as basement floors, and commercial flooring, and garage flooring.
Refinishing – Refinishing maintains the existing surface but enhances it with a stain or sealer. Concrete staining is the most popular concrete application for refinishing slabs. It comes in two kinds: Acid and Water-based. Both can be used for both indoor and outdoor surfaces. Resealing is also another repair solution for concrete surfaces that are too porous or those that have gone dull. A sealer serves as a protective layer as well as an enhancement since it comes in several levels of gloss, from flat to high-gloss. Sealers are often used as a top layer for most resurfaced and refinishing slabs.
Looking to repair, resurface or refinish your concrete floors? Call us at (773)377-8976.
We at Chicago Concrete Resurfacing, a decorative concrete company, believe that concrete is one of the most ideal materials in the construction industry. This is why we want to help restore it back to its glorious beauty and function at rates you can easily afford.
Have a concrete patio repair and refinishing project? Call or email us and we’ll come assess your concrete floor for free, check to see if it can still be repaired and which methods would work best on it. We’ll give you a free quote, too!