Which of the Different Types of Concrete Overlays is Best for Your Project?

There is nothing wrong with variety. However, when it comes to the abundance of options for concrete overlays, you might feel overwhelmed when trying to narrow your choice to just one. To make sure that you select the best overlay for your project, you should spend a little time conducting research. Of course, you can always reach out for help from a reputable concrete installer.

Sundek SunStamp Overlay System

Sundek of Illinois Water Feature SunStamp

Stamped concrete overlays are one of the more popular choices and for good reason. For one thing, this overlay can be used both indoors and outdoors. However, what makes stamped overlays so incredible is that a professional installer can replicate the appearance of various materials, including stone, wood, brick, tile, and more. When finished, no one would even know the surface was concrete unless told. If you want something unique, stamped concrete overlays are exceptional.

Micro toppings are another type of concrete overlay that might fit your project. In this case, you can choose the actual grade, from fine to coarse, and select from a wide range of colors. If your current concrete surface is starting to look worn, instead of having it completely ripped out and reinstalled. Micro toppings are a much better solution. You can even have saw-cut designs added, which makes for a gorgeous floor.

Certain concrete overlays are perfect for horizontal and vertical surfaces. Based on how the overlay is applied, via trowel, broom, or hopper gun, the aesthetic changes. Again, when working with a professional installer you can discuss what look you want to achieve. Made up proprietary blends of sand, polymers and binders, this overlay provides a smooth, yet non-slip surface that makes it ideal for outdoor surfaces, including pathways, patios, and even driveways.

Although the overlay that you choose is certainly important, it is even more important that the appropriate product is used. Something like SunStone, Classic Texture, or Tuscan are all excellent products for concrete overlays.


Decorative Concrete Pool Decks: The Perfect Way to Create a Personal Oasis

If you are going to have a swimming pool in your backyard, why not go all out? To create your own personal oasis, a place that is peaceful, relaxing, and fun, decorative concrete pool decks are the perfect solution. Not only will the right pool deck enhance your backyard, it can be designed in such a way that it complements your home.

Sundek Classic Texture Pool Deck Coating

Classic Texture is Perfect for Pool Decks

Before going into specific design options using concrete pool decks, consider some of the many benefits. The Classic Texture Splatter Knockdown System offered by Sundek is just one example of numerous products that will completely transform your pool area. This particular solution is slip-resistant, comfortable to walk on, and easy to maintain. However, you also have a choice of many gorgeous colors and textures to create your dream space.

To create a tropical aesthetic, the right color choice is important. For decorative concrete pool decks using the Classic Texture product, you might consider something subtle like Oyster White, Franciscan Tan, or Kahlua. If you prefer something with a little more personality and character, you can always consider Peking Blue, Sable, or Terra Cotta. By adding in the right lighting and landscaping, your retreat will be ready to enjoy.

Something else to consider for decorative concrete pool decks in which the Classic Texture is used is that with this being a three to five-step process, multiple design effects can be achieved. Again, you can choose something that is less noticeable or a design that is bold and vibrant. To get an idea of the look that you want to achieve, spend some time looking at what other homeowners have done to design their decorative concrete pool decks. From there, you can lend your own creativity to the project.

In addition to the pool, many people choose decorative concrete pool decks and then have an adjoining walkway or patio enhanced with decorative concrete as well. If you decide to do this, you can use the same finish or mix and match for a one-of-a-kind aesthetic


Epoxy Floors Extend Well Beyond the Garage

Like most people, there is a good chance that you automatically relate epoxy floors to residential and commercial garages. The fact is that while epoxy is the best flooring solution for this type of environment, this decorative coating actually serves many more purposes. In fact, epoxy floors are now one of the top choices for interior surfaces for both home and business owners.

Sundek SunOne Epoxy Floors in Commercial Application

Epoxy Floors in Commercial Application

Although epoxy floors can be installed virtually anywhere, they are an excellent option for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and outdoor patio. The primary reason is that epoxy is extremely water and moisture resistant. Liquid spills are notorious in all of these spaces. With epoxy, the floor has no damage and cleanup is a breeze.

Being impact resistant is one reason why epoxy floors are so popular in garages. However, if you think about it, things get dropped inside the home as well. When epoxy is used in the kitchen, you never have to worry about scratches or dents caused by dropped dishes, canned food, cooking utensils, and so on. Even when used for an outside patio, this type of floor can withstand all kinds of abuse and still look gorgeous.

Epoxy floors are also resistant to oil, grease, coffee, and even red wine, things that typically cause permanent stains. Because this coating is non-porous, nothing penetrates. In addition, epoxy is capable of withstanding abrasions and even chemicals. No matter where you choose to have epoxy floors installed, you are guaranteed a long-lasting surface that looks amazing.

Whether using SunEpoxy 54 or SunEpoxy 100, the floors are gorgeous. You can stick with varying shades of gray or go with color. For something completely unique, a professional Sundek systems installer can add SunFlex, which are beautiful quartz beads, or SunChips, which are metallic flakes. The size, volume, and color of the additives determine just how much glisten the floor has.

If preferred, epoxy floors can be made slip-resistant. In the bathroom, water spills from the bathtub or shower are never a problem. When installed outside on a patio, rain and snow will not compromise safety. This is also a great coating for the pool deck, again providing people with a safe and comfortable surface to walk on.

Now, if you want epoxy floors in your dining room, hearth room, or foyer, the installer can create a mirror-like finish that is simply stunning. Based on the aesthetic that you want to achieve, epoxy is either rolled or brushed on. After the first coat, colored beads or chips are added, along with slip-resistant additives. Once the final top coat is applied and dried, you will absolutely love your new floor.


What Type of Surface are Acrylic Concrete Coatings Commonly Used For?

SunSplash Acrylic Concrete Coating on Vertical Concrete

SunSplash Coating on Vertical Concrete

Used for a variety of surfaces, acrylic coatings are available in both water-based and solvent solutions. These coatings are applied to the surface of prepared concrete, whether bare, textured, or decorative. The result is a fresh look and added protection against harsh sunlight. Although the film can be quite thin, these coatings work incredibly well.

Depending on the application, a professional installer can add special materials that make the surface non-slip. This is especially beneficial when applied to outdoor surfaces or indoor surfaces at risk. Acrylic coatings are the perfect choice for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Depending on the look that you want to achieve, you can choose a clear coating or a product like SunColor, which comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. In fact, a professional can create a one-of-a-kind aesthetic using the color or color combination that you prefer. Once the coating is applied, more elaborate design effects can be achieved, including marbleizing and antiquing.

Just like other decorative concrete systems, acrylic coatings can be applied to both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Because of that, there are few limitations. With a little bit of creativity, almost any surface is transformed. These coatings enhance the overall aesthetic of the concrete surface while bolstering functionality. The following are some examples of the concrete surfaces on which acrylic coatings are typically applied:

  • Floors
  • Patios
  • Pool Decks
  • Countertops
  • Walls
  • Fireplace Surrounds
  • Water Features
  • Stairways
  • Fire Pits

With so much versatility, acrylic coatings have become a popular choice for many industries. Because they protect concrete surfaces from UV rays but are also ideal for high traffic areas, they are commonly used in many environments, including call centers, restaurants, bars, schools, daycare centers, day spas, retail shops, hotel lobbies, professional businesses, and much more. At home, the most common surfaces for acrylic coatings are driveways, walkways, patios, and floors.


Adding Personality to Outdoor Patios with Concrete Toppings

You want your outdoor patio space to look and function based on your personal preferences. Instead of a patio with lackluster personality and character, you might want to consider concrete toppings. When applied, the entire patio takes on a new persona, whether subtle, romantic, or bold.

Sundek Concrete Toppings for Outdoor Patios and More

Sundek Concrete Toppings for Outdoor Patios and More

Concrete toppings, also referred to as concrete overlays, are an excellent way to renew the appearance of an existing concrete surface. As long as the surface is structurally sound, these toppings are perfect for creating a new canvas for the type of decorative concrete surface that will enhance your outdoor surroundings. One aspect that make concrete toppings so unique is that they can be applied to almost any concrete surface at a thickness as low as 1/8” due to the high strength polymer modified additives.

Concrete toppings available today are significantly different from those in the past. Innovative products like SunStamp, which is a beautifully stamped overlay or Tuscan handcrafted textured overlay, are clear examples of this. In addition to superior adhesion, concrete toppings create a surface that is resistant to daily wear and tear. These toppings are also highly compatible with both water-based and acid-based stains, as well as integral coloring.

Used for indoor and outdoor applications, concrete toppings on their own are popular. However, when adding stains and colors, virtually any aesthetic is achievable. To personalize your patio, a professional installer can also apply a decorative concrete overlay to surrounding walls, fire pits, countertops, and fireplace surrounds. You can go with one color or coordinating colors, as well as different finishes that produce an extraordinary unified look.

By being creative, concrete toppings will completely transform the appearance of your outdoor patio, making it more inviting, fun, and overall impressive. If you have a beautiful pool and additional outside seating, you can be sure that your patio will be the one space where people prefer to congregate.