If you want to color your concrete surface, it can be tempting to consider painting it yourself. Before you embark on this project, it’s important to know some of the common pitfalls homeowners and businessowners encounter when they attempt painting a concrete surface on their own.
Here are 5 reasons we discourage homeowners and commercial property owners from painting their own concrete surfaces.
It can be tempting to take on these types of projects yourself to save money. But if you consider the time required, the tools required, and the possibility of the finished product not turning out quite right, it makes more sense to hire a local concrete professional with years of experience coloring concrete.
“Painting concrete may seem like a quick and easy solution, but it can result in a poor-quality finish that doesn't last. At SUNDEK, we've seen many cases where homeowners have tried to paint their concrete, only to end up with a surface that peels, flakes, or fades,” says Don Snider, president of SUNDEK.
If you’re a savvy DIYer, you may still decide to paint your concrete surface. Before you do, make sure to do thorough research. Choose a paint that’s specifically formulated for concrete and learn how to adequately prep your surface for paint.
As mentioned above, since paint only covers the surface of the concrete and doesn’t actually penetrate the surface like stains do, it’s inevitable that the paint will peel and chip over time. Especially if the surface is in a spot that sees a lot of foot and/or vehicle traffic, the longevity of painted concrete surfaces isn’t great.
If you really want to color your concrete surface but decide again doing it yourself, here are some other options:
With both of these options, no demolition is required, saving you time, money, and the headache of a messy concrete tear-out job.
At SUNDEK, we’ve been coloring concrete surfaces for more than 50 years! We have contractors all across the country ready to help with you project.
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