If you have a damaged or outdated concrete surface, you might be considering concrete removal. However, concrete removal is expensive, messy, time-consuming, and loud. If your surface is structurally sound and not damaged beyond repair, concrete resurfacing is a superior option.Get a Free Quote
If concrete replacement isn’t necessary, there are several ways you can update a concrete slab without having to tear it out. Here are a few of them.
Concrete resurfacing involves taking an existing concrete surface, removing any existing stains, sealers, coatings, paint, or other contaminants, and then applying a coating on top. That coating creates the appearance of a brand-new surface, allowing you to get the look you want without having to go through the messy, expensive, and time-consuming process of concrete removal and replacement.
Although resurfacing, repairing, or staining concrete is a better option than concrete removal, sometimes it is necessary to completely remove a concrete slab. When cracks are significantly large, or the slab just wasn’t properly installed, you it may not be viable enough to place a coating on top. The best way to find out if there’s a potential for reviving your existing surface is to contact a local contractor.
At SUNDEK, we will never resurface a concrete surface that’s beyond repair. It is not in your best interest or ours to work with a surface that isn’t viable. Verify that whichever contractor you work with has a solid plan for how they will address your concrete’s existing damage.
Although prices vary depending on where you live, it is generally safe to say that tearing out and replacing concrete is more expensive than resurfacing or coloring your existing concrete—not to mention more environmentally friendly.
Typically, the cost for removing your concrete ranges anywhere from about $2 to $6 per square foot. Then, having a new concrete slab poured costs anywhere from $6 to $15 or more per square foot. That puts you at a minimum of about $8 per square foot to just tear out your existing surface and put a plain gray concrete slab in its place.
Compare that to resurfacing which starts at about $3 per square foot and then increases depending on the type of design you want.
Ultimately, resurfacing will cost about half as much as tearing out and replacing your concrete (and this price breakdown doesn’t take into account any decorative features you might want to add to your new concrete slab that replaced the one you tore out).
Coloring your concrete starts at about $2 per square foot and goes up from there depending on how many colors you choose and what type of design you want. If you’re going to choose something basic, coloring your surface would cost about a quarter of the total amount of tearing your concrete out and replacing it.
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Although concrete is durable and known to last a long time, it’s almost inevitable for at least a little bit of cracking to occur since concrete is not elastic. With our Custom Scoreline Effect system, we can take a cracking surface and incorporate the cracks into a new design—in a beautiful way. And since the cracks are retained, it makes it less likely that your surface will crack again.
In addition to resolving existing water damage, we help you determine how to resolve the issue that’s causing the damage. On top of that, we have waterproof coatings that prevent future problems. Learn about our waterproofing solutions.
If you’d like to find a contractor near you who can assess your existing concrete and then give you a quote for resurfacing or coloring, we can help! We have authorized installers all over the country with decades of experience beautifying concrete.
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