No matter the type of property you are working on, adding a limestone coating to a concrete driveway can dramatically improve its value. This coating is simple to apply, as it doesn’t require tearing up the existing driveway, and it will look just like limestone, providing all the benefits of natural stone without the high cost or labor time. SunStone from Sundek is perhaps the simplest and highest-quality option to add the appearance of limestone to a concrete surface. Best of all, it is versatile enough to be applied to brick, sheetrock, stucco, walls, foam, or other surfaces as well, so the limestone coating can continue past the driveway regardless of the surface underneath.
Adds to Curb Appeal
One of the biggest ways that a limestone-coated concrete driveway improves the property value is by adding to its curb appeal. When someone first looks at a home, they notice the landscaping, the overall exterior appearance of the home, and the condition of the driveway and sidewalks. A driveway that appears to be made of limestone instantly gives the house an upscale appearance as limestone is an expensive and durable material. It is also much more visually appealing than a standard driveway made from a solid piece of concrete without any colors or patterns.
Because a limestone coating is a type of concrete overlay, it also improves the durability of the driveway. A driveway with cracks or minor spalling will lead to a lower property value than one that is in perfect shape. That is because surfaces without these imperfections last longer, so future property owners do not have to worry about immediate repairs.
Small Investment, Large Gains
Not only does a limestone-coated concrete driveway improve the property value, it does so at a relatively low cost. Since the old driveway doesn’t need to be torn up, there are reduced costs for both labor and supplies, giving property owners the ability to make a small investment and notice large gains in the value of their property. This is especially true when SunStone is installed by trained professionals, as it will be long-lasting and truly look like limestone to the untrained eye.
Property owners are constantly looking for easy ways to boost their home’s curb appeal. There are plenty of simple things you can do, but one of the most effective is adding or updating concrete walkways. These walkways may be a part of the landscaping in either the front or backyard or even be sidewalks in areas where they are not normally found. Simply adding concrete walkways will boost the appeal to some extent, but for the best results, you should consider a decorative form of concrete, whether it is stained, stamped, or textured.
Using Stains and Dyes
One of the simplest ways to boost curb appeal by upgrading your concrete walkways is to use stains or dyes. Some of these products are added on top of the concrete surface while others are mixed into the wet cement before pouring to create an integral color. SunColor, for example, is a finish coat that will work on nearly any concrete surface, including textured ones.
Using Stamped Concrete
Another option is to rely on stamped concrete to create any sort of design you want on your concrete walkways. This method of adding to a property’s visual appeal is perfect for those who want to mimic a specific rock pattern. Stamped concrete overlays, like SunStamp, can also be stamped with any design you want.
Using Decorative Overlays
In addition to SunStamp, various other Sundek concrete overlays could significantly boost your home’s curb appeal. SunStone is particularly popular among those who want their concrete walkways to appear to be made of limestone at a fraction of the cost. Classic Texture is a great option if you are concerned about a surface getting slippery or overheating in the sun, such as in the case of walkways leading up to a pool deck.
When most people think of decorative concrete, they picture applying it to a driveway, floor, walkway, or similar surface. The main factor in all of these applications is that the surface in question is horizontal, but the best decorative system will not be limited to these uses. Sundek systems, for example, can easily be installed on vertical surfaces when done by a trained professional thanks to advances in technology and the ability to apply the concrete in thin layers. This opens up a wide range of potential decorative applications for concrete, including walls, fireplaces, and more. Here are just some of the possibilities to consider.
Slippery surfaces are a safety risk, and this is more commonly an issue in garage floors, where rain, snow, and other liquids can be tracked in and increase the risk of sliding around. Whether you are a homeowner looking to make your slippery garage safer or own an auto repair shop with a large garage area, there are some simple solutions to improve safety. There are numerous coatings and overlays you can add to the concrete surface of a garage floor, reducing the risk of people falling and injuring themselves.
One of the easiest things to do to make a slippery garage floor safer is to add an anti-slip coating on top. There are several variations of these, but most will add some sort of texture to the flooring. It is also possible to create a coating of your own using anti-skid additives. Certain coloring systems will also reduce the risk of slipping, such as SunFlek, which is available as a surface that is aggressively slip resistant.
Epoxy sealants can also dramatically improve the safety of slippery garage floors by reducing the risk of slipping. That is because coatings such as SunEpoxy have a small element of natural texture that works to help with this issue. You can further add to the texture with color chips or even quartz beads to improve slip resistance.
Add Textured Overlay
While adding coatings and sealants to concrete garage floors can reduce their slipperiness, so can adding another layer of concrete in the form of an overlay, provided that you select appropriately. When using this solution, your goal should be to add texture to the floor, as the texture will stop people and objects from sliding around. Simply be sure to select a Sundek overlay and texture pattern that is able to withstand the constant heavy traffic of a garage. This will typically not be a concern due to the high strength of concrete, but it is always a good idea to discuss the options with your contractor before making a decision.
All of the above methods for making garage floors slip resistant with Sundek products will be affordable and long lasting. In some cases, however, you need an immediate solution for slippery floors until the coating or overlay can be applied. In these situations, you can consider adding mats or adhesives to strategic locations on the floor. Adhesives may cause mild damage to the garage floor, but this can be easily remedied by applying one of the solutions mentioned above, which will also permanently resolve your safety concerns.
Business parks are unique places that require special planning, as they need to be relaxing and beautiful while retaining a professional atmosphere. Using decorative concrete can make it significantly easier to maintain this delicate balance by offering unlimited possibilities. There are neutral tones that are perfect for the traditional business park, or you can select a slightly more vibrant option to give the park some character without sacrificing professionalism.
Mimic Any Material on a Budget
In many cases, people tend to believe that creating a professional look requires expensive materials. In reality, these materials can add to the business-like atmosphere but are not necessary. Any surface that is well-organized and maintained can look professional, including concrete. Best of all, decorative concrete is versatile enough to mimic any type of material you would like to see in a business park without going over budget. For example, SunStamp can mimic a range of natural stones since it works with stones or free-form carving.
Match the Building’s Decor
The incredible range of stains and dyes also to ensure that there is a color palette available regardless of the building’s theme and whether you want a professional, neutrally colored space or one that is unique. Between SunAcid, SunH20, SunDye, and SunChip, there are numerous choices available. Many of these will even add to the durability of the surface, allowing you to save money on the business park over time. To better create a professional and safe appearance, you can also add SunSplash, which is textured and perfect for walking paths in business parks. When Masonry Effects and Aggregate Effects are added, the business space can look exactly how you want.
Where to Use Decorative Concrete
When considering the decorative concrete to use in their business parks, most companies tend to focus only on the sidewalk or pathways. These are important, but they are not the only locations where you can take advantage of this visually appealing and professional option. Most Sundek products will also work on vertical surfaces, which allows you to add decorative concrete to the exterior walls surrounding the park, extending the theme. You can also use various products to decorate items such as planters. Consider balancing out a purely professional appearance on the walkways with vibrant textures or colors on the planters throughout the park. This will liven up the park’s aesthetics without sacrificing professionalism in the process.
Over time, concrete can experience a significant amount of wear and tear that can cause it to wear down and look unattractive. The best way to protect your concrete from these types of problems is to apply a specialized coating. Acrylic coatings from Sundek offer a way to not only protect concrete but also give it a fresh new look. At Sundek, we offer two types of acrylic coatings.
The addition of a swimming pool to your backyard can provide the setting for hours of fun and relaxation for the entire family for many years to come. Even so, while swimming pools can be entertaining, the decking around pools can often present safety concerns. This is particularly true if you have young children who will be using the pool. Fortunately, there is a solution available to make decorative concrete pool decks safer and more secure.
European designs with a hint of Old World elegance are often highly sought after, but for many homeowners, it can be cost prohibitive to install real stone. Concrete overlays offer a cost-effective solution that can deliver the look of real stone. An excellent example of this type of design solution is Sundek’s Tuscan concrete overlays.