There is no question that decorative concrete coatings have become the most popular solution 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 can also be referred to as decorative concrete overlays. These coatings are an amazing way to transform the appearance and functionality of any concrete surface. Although typically applied to floors, driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks, decorative coatings can be applied to other surfaces, including fireplace surrounds, countertops, fire pits, water features, stairs, and the list goes on.
In simple terms, decorative concrete coatings are applied to a properly prepared concrete surface. There is a wide range of color options, patterns, and textures. For instance, a patio floor can be coated to create a marbled earth-tone effect, or a skilled contractor can install a polished surface with a family crest design element. There are no limitations with decorative concrete coatings, which is why they are in such high demand.
Once concrete coatings are applied, they completely change the aesthetics of the surface. However, coatings also make the concrete surface stronger, more durable, and longer lasting. That means a patio, kitchen floor, driveway, or some other surface looks gorgeous and lasts for years and years. Even anti-slip ingredients can be added to enhance the safety of a concrete surface.
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 ensure the surface is leveled and solid. From there, all dirt and debris are removed and 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 readied, whether this is a handcrafted textured overlay system, like Tuscan; a spray textured coating, like SunSplash; or another product. During that time, other agents are added, pigments, color, or anti-slip ingredients. Then, the coating is applied using a spray-on technique, roller method, hand-troweling, and so on. Once the entire surface is covered, it is allowed to cure and dry.
Once 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 that a sealer is added. Depending on the desired aesthetic and effect, the sealer can be colored or clear. Once the sealer is dry, the concrete surface looks gorgeous.