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Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level

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.

Many people are well aware that their wooden decks, patios, sidings and fences will rot away with time and they need to apply properly sealants to keep their investment in tiptop condition. However, they do not realize that not only wooden or other less corrosion resistant materials need sealing, but their exposed outdoor concrete surfaces need maintenance as well.

Why You Should Seal Concrete?
If you are living in a house in Memphis and have installed a patio for instance thats comprised of concrete, then it is vital for you to take its maintenance seriously. We have all seen cracked, broken and spalled, chipped concrete basements, driveways, sidewalks and even walls in homes. Water is the main culprit here.

As moisture enters the cracks, fissures and voids in the concrete’s surface, the alternating cold and warm temperatures causes the water to contract and expand, hence ultimately destroying the internal bonding of the concrete material itself.

And this is not just the consequence of seeping water in its liquid or solid (ice) form. Even the moisture content in the air – known as humidity – can also adversely affect the concrete’s composition. In addition to hazardous forms of water, the concrete is also affected by oil, dirt, chemicals, grease and stains that can mar it.

Benefits of Sealing Concrete Surfaces
Now that we know what causes concrete surfaces to rot away and deteriorate, let us look at what benefits you can reap by sealing and coating concrete in Memphis:

Sealing concrete prevents accumulation of dirt and grease on the surface, and hinders penetration of chemicals, water, UV rays and other affecting elements.

Sealants make the concrete surface easier to clean and maintain.

They increase the durability and longevity of the concrete.

Unpleasant things like musty odors, spalling, crumbling, efflorescence, cracking, etc. are reduced.

Sealants penetrate deep inside the surface and fortify the corrosion resistance even more.

Apart from protecting the surface, they even bring out the true colors of your decorative concrete surfaces.

The concrete found in an outdoor living space around a Memphis home is an investment, and keeping its beauty intact is necessary. Maintaining your decorative concrete is as simple as making a call to SurfaceScapes, the experts in concrete coatings and repair in Memphis and surrounding areas.  With a variety of solutions for the many different concrete issues that may face you today SurfaceScapes can provide minor maintenance like applying a clear sealant, to major renovations that could include complete concrete overhauls and decorative concrete coating applications for both residential and commercial projects.  I little bit of maintenance goes a long way towards the longevity of your concrete.

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