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Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level

Over the years, any home can begin to appear a bit dated. In some cases, you may simply be tired of the current look of your home and want to freshen things up a bit. Rather than going to the trouble of installing all-new flooring, why not consider boosting the look and value of your Memphis property with a stamped concrete overlay?

Stamped concrete overlays provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the appearance of an expensive look without coping with the disadvantages of, low durability, and high maintenance that are so common with other materials.

What Exactly Is a Stamped Concrete Overlay?

A stamped concrete overlay is comprised of a hybrid polymer concrete layer that is applied over an existing concrete surface. After the new layer of concrete is poured, your desired textures and patterns are then stamped directly onto the surface of the concrete. This method can be utilized to add a special finishing touch to a new concrete surface or to update the look of your older concrete flooring or surface.

One of the great advantages of a stamped concrete overlay is that it can be created to imitate the look of a variety of other materials, including brick, stone, and wood. Additionally, it is possible to add color during the process to create an even more distinctive and customized look. Stamped concrete overlays are appropriate for a wide variety of surfaces and areas, including flooring, driveways, sidewalks, and patios for both commercial and residential properties. When the project is complete, you are able to benefit from enhanced durability, increased beauty, and a lower price compared to installing a new surface with more expensive materials. When finished, stamped concrete only requires light maintenance, such as regular sweeping and an occasional washing. Adding a clear sealer can create a hint of shine, while the addition of a polyethylene texture can create slip resistance for increased safety.

Have you noticed lately that your outdoor living space is looking a bit boring and dated? If so, it may be time to consider giving it a facelift. Outdoor concrete paint or better known as Acrylic Concrete Coatings are a great way to brighten up any outdoor living space in Memphis. Additionally, you can take advantage of a wide range of colors and patterns to create virtually any look you would like.  Compared to installing an entirely new surface to your patio, outdoor acrylic coatings can prove to be an ideal fix for a dated space.

One of the great benefits of an acrylic coatings is that stains can be mixed to create distinctive, multicolored surfaces that look like anything you desire. For instance, you can opt to give your patio a marbled appearance, or you can choose patterns to create a rug effect. You can even opt to use multiple colors to create an eye-catching border around your sidewalks or patio. The sky is virtually the limit in terms of what can be created.

Working with a professional for improving your outdoor concrete.

While typical over the counter concrete paint can wear and fade over time, professional grade acrylic coatings can help protect the look of your new outdoor space with years of trouble free service.   By working with a company experienced in concrete coloration and repair you can expect professional products and results due to the fact that your concrete will be analyzed and prepped properly. For instance, if you try to apply paint to concrete that is spalled or pitted, you may not receive the effect that you expect. By working with an experienced professional, you can be assured of an excellent outcome and a look you will be proud to show off to family and friends.

Over time, your concrete driveway is bound to show a little wear and tear. Small cracks are a minor problem that you may be able to fix yourself, but large cracks or holes may be best left to the professionals.

When to Make Repairs Yourself

Unless your driveway has a large number of cracks or it starts to show signs of structural problems, you can probably take care of minor problems yourself. All you need to do to take care of isolated holes and small cracks is to fill them with a high quality concrete patching compound. Concrete repairs are best done during the spring or summer when the weather is warm and dry. If you notice cracks or holes during the winter, you can fill them temporarily with concrete caulk to prevent water from seeping into the crack and causing it to spread. When the weather warms up, you can then perform a more permanent repair.

To repair holes and cracks in your concrete driveway, use a hammer and chisel to chisel out a section of the hole or crack, making it wider at the top than the bottom. Next, brush in some latex bonding glue, then fill in the area with a patching compound. After repairing an area, keep it covered with a plastic sheet or tarp for at least one week. If your driveway has been painted, you may also need to fill in the area with masonry paint so the repaired area matches the reset of your driveway.

When to Call a Professional

If your driveway starts to exhibit multiple cracks or deep holes, or if areas of concrete begin to pop up out of the driveway, it may be a job best for a professional. In Memphis,  SurfaceScapes are trained experts on not only repairing concrete driveways but we have a range of tools and expertise to help beautify the concrete once the repairs are done.

Resurfacing a concrete driveway is a common way of improving a homes curb appeal while adding value and decor.  A professional concrete service technician will be able to tell you whether the problem can be repaired or if an entire section of the driveway needs to be replaced.

For concrete driveways, small cracks and other minor cosmetic problems are typically simple enough for the average homeowner to repair. When the problem becomes widespread or if it is a structural issue, however, it is best to leave the repairs to a Memphis concrete repair and resurfacing professional.

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