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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.

Concrete Stain Vs Paint

Painted Concrete Pool Deck

Concrete Paint on a Pool Deck

Outdoor concrete paint vs stain are among the possibilities for enhancing the appearance of a patio, driveway, walkway, or pool deck. While some people think these two options are similar, in fact, they are quite different. To understand how outdoor concrete paint is unique from acid stain, consider the following comparisons.

Comparing Concrete Paint and Concrete Acid Stain

Although some people prefer outdoor concrete paint, the majority love the benefits associated with acid stain. Especially when using a quality product, like SunAcid, the outcome is incredible.

It is important to understand how outdoor concrete paint works vs stain. With paint, only the surface of the concrete is covered, which adds a layer of protection from damage. Once concrete is painted, it has an opaque appearance, meaning that none of the features of the concrete show through. With this option, you have a choice of beautiful colors. When properly applied, the paint will last a long time without chipping or peeling and can also help to hide imperfections in concrete and patch work.

In comparison, acid stain actually permeates the surface and interacts with different components of the concrete. This creates more of a translucent appearance. With outdoor concrete paint, you get the exact aesthetic every time, whereas with acid stain, every project has a unique outcome. In other words, if 10 patios had the same color of acid stain applied, they would share that color but feature different effects.

The Prep and Application Process

There is more prep work involved with outdoor concrete paint. Before applying paint, the concrete surface is cleaned using a special product that eliminates grease and oil. Next, roughing up of the surface is necessary to enhance bonding and adhesion.  Sometimes muriatic acid is applied to etch and remove any curing compounds left on the concrete surface. The concrete is then coated or painted which also helps prevent moisture penetration.

While a water-based stain is available, acid stain has long been the preferred choice for outdoor applications. As far as prep work, acid stain is very different. Prior to the application of acid stain, the surface should be cleaned and dry.  The acid will inherently etch the surface for a final clear coat if desired.  Acid stains won’t peel or flake like concrete paint.

What are Decorative Concrete Coatings, and How Are They Applied?

Decorative Concrete Coating Entryway

Decorative Concrete Coating Entryway

There is no question that decorative concrete coatings have become one of the most popular flooring solutions used by both home and business owners. Even so, some people are not aware of what these coatings are, the benefits they offer, and the way they are applied.

Decorative concrete coatings are also referred to as decorative concrete overlays. Overlays transform the appearance and functionality of any concrete surface. Although typically applied to floors, driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks, decorative coatings can also be applied to other surfaces including fireplace surrounds, countertops, fire pits, water features, stairs, and more.

There are a wide range of color options, patterns, and textures to choose from. For instance, a patio floor can be coated to create a marbled earth-tone effect, or a polished surface with the design of a family crest can be installed. When it comes to designing with decorative concrete coatings, the options are endless.

Once concrete coatings are applied, they completely change the aesthetics of the surface. An added benefit is that coatings also make the concrete surface stronger and more durable. They are also last longer than other materials. Anti-slip ingredients can also be added to enhance the safety of a concrete surface. Check out the types of surfaces that we can repair, resurface, and revitalize.

As for the application process, the first and most important step involves preparing the concrete surface. In addition to patching any cracks and eliminating areas of pitting or spalling, a contractor will make sure the surface is level and solid. From there, the surface is cleaned using a manufacturer-approved cleaning product or mechanical process like grinding or shot blasting.

With a clean and dry surface, decorative concrete coatings are prepared, adding any pigments, color, or anti-slip ingredients. The coating is then applied using the appropriate technique (sprayed, rolled, hand-troweled, etc. Once the entire surface is covered, it is allowed to cure and dry.

After the first coat is ready, a second coat is applied. Once again, this coat must properly cure and dry. To protect newly applied decorative concrete coatings, it is imperative to apply a sealer. Depending on the desired aesthetic and effect, the sealer can be colored or clear. Find a local dealer today!

Fixing Concrete: Common Problems That Need Repair

Fixing concrete with Sundek Coatings

Fixing concrete with Sundek Coatings

Although concrete is strong, durable, and long lasting, there are times when cracks, spalls, flakes, fading, and other problems arise. However, in most instances, fixing concrete is a viable solution compared to ripping the concrete out and starting over again. This is just one reason why concrete has become a top choice for both home and business owners.

Cracks are a common reason for fixing concrete. Cracks typically occur as poured concrete hardens and dries. During that process, shrinkage can force the concrete to pull apart. However, cracks also develop when there is a low water-to-cement ratio. Regardless of the cause, early detection and repair are essential.

Segregation causes a variety of issues, including honeycombs, rock pockets, laitance, scaling, failure to bond, porous layers, and sand streaks. The biggest threat is when larger exposed aggregates are used. Segregation usually occurs from over-mixing concrete or improper handling while concrete is applied.

Bleeding is another reason for fixing concrete. As newly poured cement and aggregate start to settle, excess water rises to the surface. The actual rate of bleeding depends on a number of factors, including admixtures, temperature, air content, sand particle shape, quantity of aggregate fines, cement fineness, cement mix water content, and so on. This is a prime example of why concrete should always be installed by true professional.

Dusting happens when hardened concrete begins to wear away due to excessive traffic. The reason for fixing concrete in this situation is because of mixes that have too much water. However, dusting is also caused by dirty aggregate, segregation, and finishing that is done too soon or too long. With finishing, laitance, which is a gray or white substance, can form on the weak concrete surface that prevents proper bonding.

After fixing concrete problems, the best form of protection is a quality sealer. SunClear EcoProtect and SunClear UltraProtect are two of the best sealers on the market today.

Will Concrete Crack Repair Save My Driveway?

If you stop to think about how driveways are used on a daily basis, it is no wonder that cracks in concrete develop over time. In addition to heavy vehicle traffic, weather pattern changes,  and children playing, driveways are constantly exposed to changing outdoor elements. If your driveway is beginning to show signs of wear and tear in the form of cracks, instead of having an entirely new driveway installed, consider professional concrete crack repair.

Crack repair before and after

Crack repair before and after

Both residential and commercial driveways experience a great deal of abuse. To restore your driveway back to a like-new condition, you have some incredible options. When you schedule your concrete crack repair, consider having your contractor use colors, textures, or patterns. As a result, you will have a fully functional driveway that looks unique in the neighborhood. A resurfaced driveway will also enhance your home, as well as landscaping.

Using the appropriate materials, tools, and techniques, the contractor will first repair the cracks. With that done and the area cleaned, your driveway can be updated with more curb appeal thanks to resurfacing. When going this route, it is imperative that you rely on a trusted source, like Sundek Products USA. The national network of professionally trained Sundek dealers offer a wide range of decorative concrete systems for the resurfacing process, including a variety of coloration, resurfacing and repair products.

One of the more popular ways to save a cracking driveway is with an acrylic spray overlay called Classic Texture. This resurfacing option is perfect once the concrete crack repair is done. There are many additional benefits. For instance, this resurfacing overlay is nonporous, so you never have to worry about damage from rain or snow. It is highly resistant to grease, chemicals, oil, and dirt, and it provides you with a safe, nonslip surface.