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Concrete driveway with overlay

Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of concrete rejuvenation and how it works. As a result, they invest in having a completely new driveway installed. If your driveway has developed cracks, spalling, or some other type of imperfection, before you invest in a completely new driveway, learn the facts about concrete rejuvenation.

Key Benefits of Concrete Rejuvenation

Any time a new concrete driveway is installed, the homeowner is inconvenienced for a period of time. That means parking on the street or perhaps a neighbor’s driveway. The problem is that some homeowners live in cities that have no street parking or very strict rules about street parking.

In addition to the inconvenience of a new driveway installation, there is the mess. With a new driveway installation, the old concrete must be ripped out. In comparison, rejuvenation involves making any necessary repairs to the surface and then applying a new concrete surface. When the work is performed by a professional contractor, your driveway will look brand new.

Another benefit of concrete rejuvenation is that this is the perfect opportunity to have a colored stain or stamped pattern applied. Using a top product, like SunH2O, enhances the aesthetics of the driveway and provides protection from harsh UV rays and stains. Even more exciting is the fact that this particular acid stain comes in many gorgeous colors. In fact, your driveway will have a one-of-a-kind appearance that stands out and adds value to your home.

Concrete rejuvenation will also increase the lifespan of your driveway. Because of the resurfacing materials, your driveway will now repel moisture that can cause unsightly chips and cracks to develop. Even if your driveway has small imperfections, concrete rejuvenation is capable of hiding them. Ultimately, your driveway will last much longer when you choose rejuvenation over a simple repair.

 

Decorative concrete stamped patio

Decorative concrete can actually trick people into thinking they see one thing when they are looking at something completely different. To create an indoor or outdoor space that is inviting and unique, you will never go wrong with decorative concrete.

Decorative concrete gives you the opportunity to make floors, countertops, walls, fountains, pool decks, driveways, patios, and other concrete surfaces look as though they are designed with natural materials when, in fact, they are not. When professionally done, even the most discerning eye will have trouble making a distinction between what the material is and what it appears to be.

Stamped concrete is a perfect example. This consists of a contractor pressing patterns or textures into new concrete prior to it fully drying. After color stain is added, stamped concrete takes on a realistic appearance of the material being replicated. Whether you like the look of cobblestone, wood, brick, seashells, flagstone, pebbles, or another material, stamped concrete is a great choice. You can choose something subtle or go for a more elaborate design aesthetic.

Overlays are another possibility for decorative concrete. Ideal for an outdoor patio, they can be used to create a subtle or over-the-top design. An overlay is a protective coat comprised of high-polymer modified concrete. Once poured, the concrete is taped out as cobblestone, flagstone, or some other natural material. To create the right texture, a thin layer is poured on top and then the tape is removed once dry, revealing grout lines.. The result is so realistic that you will have a hard time convincing people otherwise.

Acid stain also creates a surface that tricks the eye. When professionally applied, different colors of SunAcid will turn an ordinary floor into a true masterpiece. For instance, if your home has a Southwest style, rich colors of red, orange, yellow, tan, and brown create what appears to be a gorgeous Arizona sunset. To achieve the desired look, several coats are sprayed onto the concrete, neutralized with ammonia and water, and then sealed for optimal protection.

Decorative concrete can be made to look like almost anything, including water. Although new trends crop up each year, when working with a reputable contractor, you can create whatever design you prefer most. All decorative finishes, whether stamped, stained, polished, or something else, are ideal for creating a fresh and updated look for any concrete surface. For that reason, decorative concrete has become the most popular method for transforming homes and businesses, inside and out.

Slab ready for a concrete topping

 

Over time, concrete surfaces experience damage or become discolored. Instead of having everything completely ripped out, you should consider concrete toppings. For renovations in your home or business, this excellent solution will bring new life into otherwise drab concrete.

Whether a patio, driveway, walkway, pool deck, courtyard, or floor, concrete toppings will completely transform the surface. One of the key benefits of having a professional contractor apply a topping is that it saves a tremendous amount of time. To rip out concrete requires a great deal of time, as well as manpower. With concrete toppings, the work is completed more quickly without compromising on the quality of the finished project.

There are also times when concrete surface preparation is simply impractical due to extensive damage, excessive pitting, or inconsistent repair products. Once restoration of the concrete surface has reached the point of no longer being viable, concrete toppings are ideal. The right topping can correct the problem. One example is SunSplash from Sundek, which is an acrylic spray texture coating applied to existing concrete.

Another reason that concrete toppings are perfect for renovations is that you have the opportunity to get creative. Rather than a clear coating that leaves the gray color of the concrete intact, you can choose something with color, texture, or both. For instance, your contractor can apply SunStone, which is an architectural limestone coating that looks like the real deal, or SunStamp, which provides customized elegance while making a lasting impression.

Some additional benefits of using concrete toppings for renovations include an increased surface thickness, the new surface hides unsightly flaws, the surface is level and flat, and the surface is safer to walk on. With everything combined, it is clearly evident that concrete toppings are the best way to go for renovations.

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