If you are looking to save money during stressful economic times, and you’ve noticed that your outdoor concrete areas have taken a beating from overall wear and tear, we’ve got an economical solution for you to consider this coming spring—which is only a few months away.
When harsh winters – like those in the Rochester, NY area – cause concrete to damage its surface integrity, beauty, and overall appeal, you can restore it with Concrete Resurfacing, as long as there are no deep cracks or structural issues. Resurfacing your concrete patio, pool deck, entryway, or walkway can cost significantly less than excavating the existing concrete, re-pouring it, and adding a either a stamped concrete or textured surface.
Concrete Resurfacing 101
What is Concrete Resurfacing? This process uses your existing concrete as its base and new concrete is laid over the existing surface. It then binds to the old concrete and forms a NEW surface. This gives you the opportunity to choose a new look by adding a decorative surface using a stamping process. Stamped concrete–also known as decorative concrete–can mimic a variety of materials such a natural stone, wood planks, brick, and more. At CONCRETE DOC+ we use a Stamped Concrete Resurfacing design process that allows you to create a unique look for your patio, swimming pool deck, or other outdoor living area.
What’s So Great About Concrete Resurfacing?
Lots of things. First, Concrete Resurfacing is a cost-effective way to breathe new life into your outdoor living spaces without the expensive option of doing a total concrete tear-out and replacement. Here’s a few more reasons why:
Increases Your Property Value
Since overlays can replace an old, unsightly concrete surface and can be stamped and customized to resemble a wide variety of natural and manmade materials, they can make your home more beautiful – and a more attractive home increases your property value.
Cost Effective and Utilizes Recycling
Concrete Resurfacing is more environmentally friendly than doing a total replacement of your old concrete by repurposing what you already have. It costs a lot less as well.
It Has Design Versatility
When you decide to resurface using a stamped concrete process, you have the creative freedom to custom design your outdoor living space using colors and styles that match your home’s existing aesthetics. You can also use stamps that have the look of real stone, wood planks, bricks, and a variety of textures. You can select from many base colors that are available for your new Concrete Resurfacing project. And, adding an accent color that’s applied to the surface offers another opportunity to get creative since there are a variety of colors to choose from, as well.
Because concrete is a very durable material, it can withstand a lot of weather conditions, foot traffic and outdoor furniture use, if it is installed properly and maintained well. In addition to the natural longevity of concrete, concrete overlays are sealed, which also makes them more resistant to any spills, potential stains, or scuffing. Your stamped concrete will need to be resealed every few years to protect its beauty and extend its longevity.
Attracts Homebuyers, If You Decide to Sell
If you want to discourage someone from purchasing your home, just let them notice old, worn, pitted, weathered concrete. But, if you really want to attract prospective homebuyers if you decide to sell your home, fresh, stylish, and crack-free concrete surfaces may be the deciding factor. A beautiful concrete patio, entryway, walkway, or swimming pool deck almost always has a positive effect when people are making home-buying decisions.
Faster Process Than Total Concrete Replacement
You’ll not only save money by resurfacing with stamped concrete, you’ll save time as well, since resurfacing is a quicker process than tearing out your existing concrete and starting over from scratch. This means you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor patio or pool deck much sooner.
Is Concrete Resurfacing Right for Every Situation?
If your existing concrete has deep cracks or structural issues, it’s probably not a good candidate for resurfacing. In these instances, creating a new concrete surface from the ground up will be necessary. The perfect candidate for a stamped concrete resurfacing is when your concrete has minor surface damage like superficial cracks, flaking, spauling, or the surface is discolored. An in-person evaluation by a Concrete Resurfacing specialist will be needed to learn if resurfacing is a viable option for your situation.
Call CONCRETE DOC+ today. We’re a specialized division of Gruttadaurio Masonry, the premier masonry contractor in Rochester, NY, and surrounding areas. We’ll help you determine the best way to give your outdoor living space the premium look that you envision. We also specialize in Concrete Restoration services including applying an accent color, sealing or resealing your concrete, and power washing. Contact us through our website's CONTACT page or give us a call at (315) 310-7193.