Decorative Concrete and stamped concrete are quite popular today, particularly for outdoor patios and decks. Some homeowners are even choosing to use this style for part of the interior of their homes. It has a number of benefits, including an array of colors, designs, and styles, and it happens to be quite durable. The durability helps to make it a nice choice for outdoors, as it is able to withstand a variety of different types of environmental conditions. The concrete does not require too much in the way of maintenance either, but it is a good idea to make sure you provide it with the small bit of care it does need, just to keep it looking great longer.
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Concrete rejuvenation makes an old floor look new again. It increases the livability and value of your house, and can be done indoors and out. Fixing concrete is more than just patching cracks or chips. Using coatings will give your floor a great look at a price that could be much lower than removing and replacing concrete, or in covering it with another type of flooring.
After you have installed a beautiful, decorative concrete patio, walkway, or any other outdoor surface, you must then determine how you are going to protect this work. It will be time to consider the outdoor concrete sealers at your disposal in order to find the one that is right for this particular job.
This decision is not as cut and dried as it might sound, as there is no one-size-fits-all sealer for every project. Below are factors that you should consider before making your decision.
Concrete is certainly a practical flooring choice, but plain concrete slabs can lack a certain something. In many cases, that’s fine; plain concrete is generally a choice for outdoor areas, workshops, or other areas where practicality and durability take precedence over appearance. However, sometimes you come into a situation where you need a little bit more. Maybe you are repurposing a room or building, and the floors need to look more chic or more professional. Maybe the space you are working on looked fine with polished concrete, but the surface has taken wear and tear and no longer looks right. This is where concrete overlays can help.
A concrete overlay is a cement or polymer-based coating that goes over existing concrete in liquid layers. They can cover up and fill in dented, slightly cracked, or scratched concrete surfaces. They are just as durable as the concrete itself, if not more so, and are much faster and more affordable than pulling out a concrete floor and laying down something completely new. Because of the way they are applied, it is easy to get them in many different styles and finishes.
Concrete overlays can only be used on basically sound concrete floors. They won’t repair or really improve concrete floors that are heaving or deeply cracked. In these cases, you will have to replace the floor anyway, although you can consider using an overlay to improve the life and beauty of the new concrete floor.
Sundek Concrete Overlays
Sundek has several systems of concrete overlays, so it is easy to find a type that suits the space you are renovating. Here is a quick rundown of some of the options available to you:
- SunStone is a concrete overlay that emulates not only the look, but also the feel of polished limestone. Actual slabs of limestone flooring can be prohibitively expensive, as can pulling up existing flooring. It is a great option for projects that require elegance on a budget.
- SunStamp is a stamped concrete overlay system. It is stamped with texture and indented patterns, usually meant to represent stone tiles. It is an especially good choice for areas where real stone tiles would not be durable enough or would be too high maintenance. With SunStamp, you get all the durability of concrete overlays with the look of elegant stone.
- ClassicTexture is a type of overlay specifically designed to provide enough texture to resist slippage while being comfortable to walk on, even barefoot. It was originally intended for poolside areas, but is now used on all kinds of walkways, especially outdoor walkways for business in areas where water or ice are common hazards.
- SunCanvas is a very thin overlay that helps hide faults and spice up a concrete floor. Sometimes a floor that looks like concrete is still what you want in a project, but the existing floor needs some work. Rather than taking it out, you can use SunCanvas to give it a fresh start for much less money.
Transform a wide variety of surfaces with Sundek’s amazing SunStone coating that produces the look and feel of natural quarried stone. With SunStone, you’ll get a designer stone finish at a better price and without having to tear out or reconstruct any of your existing surface. Plus, SunStone can be used on concrete, brick, walls, foam, drywall, cinder block, hardibacker, stucco, pre-cast moldings, and much more, giving you the freedom to transform virtually any surface into a beautiful limestone finish.
SunStone is installed by certified Sundek technicians, and custom colored to enhance the existing architectural features of your home or business. Popular applications include driveways, pool decks, patios, walkways, interior floors, walls and pillars, to name a few.
Enhance and upgrade your surfaces today with our beautiful natural stone coating, SunStone!