Concrete Resurfacing – you have heard the terminology from somewhere and you want to learn more about what it entails. Concrete resurfacing can encompass a couple of different things, but it usually refers to the process of applying a top layer of a special epoxy bonding agent over any concrete floor. You pour the epoxy mixture and typically wait around 24 hours for it to cure, during which the epoxy material is becoming progressively harder and tougher. The epoxy will self-level and adhere to the concrete flooring material, establishing a smooth and sturdy overlay.

Concrete resurfacing is a cheap and affordable way to restore and revitalize your floors after undergoing years of wear and tear. Constantly fixing and replacing damaged concrete can become a real struggle, and you want something more reliable and less labor-intensive. Concrete resurfacing is a non-traditional yet effective approach to protecting your existing concrete.

What kind of prep-work does concrete resurfacing require?

There are several steps to preparing your concrete floor for proper resurfacing. For starters, you will need to make sure that the area is clean and sanitary before you apply the epoxy coating over it. Powerwashing is the most effective method in terms of removing dirt, debris, filth, and bacteria. Also, be sure to scrub your floor with soap or chemicals to achieve a more thorough cleaning (be careful not to leave behind any soap residue). Then, you will need to repair any physical defects or severe blemishing embedded in your floor. You want to ensure that the entire surface is smooth so that it can properly receive the epoxy coating.

Why is concrete resurfacing so important?

It’s important because it will provide you the functional flooring option you’ve always been searching for without having to break the bank to obtain it. You can easily repair and restore your aged and withering concrete floor without having to demolish and replace the entire thing, which can otherwise be costly and time-consuming. The epoxy-based overlay allows you to bypass a lot of the hassle and frustration involved in replacing an entire concrete flooring system.

Also, consider all of the wear and tear your flooring undergoes. Consider how often it’s exposed to foot traffic and different types of climates. You will need to resurface your slab at some point just so you can get the most out of it. The resurfacing itself will not take a lot of time or effort to complete, and it will save you the trouble of demolishing and reconstructing entire sections of your home.

Another amazing benefit of concrete resurfacing is that it allows you to get creative with the design and appearance of your floor. Why settle for a floor that’s drab and plain-looking when you can have it express something about you on a more personal level. Perhaps you want your floor to resemble some of the more high-end materials such as marble, granite, sandstone or travertine. This is very much possible with concrete resurfacing, plus you can avoid having to spend a small fortune to install the real materials. Furthermore, concrete resurfacing will allow you to enhance the value of your home significantly. Think of it as a potential opportunity to turn a profit when you go to sell your home (in general, epoxy coatings will make your home a lot easier to sell).

How long will concrete resurfacing last?

If your existing slab is in okay condition, then concrete resurfacing can extend its lifespan by up to 15-20 years. However, this comes with a couple of caveats. Think about the number of coatings you are going to apply to your existing floor. Is it a single coating or multiple? Ask the contractor what they can do for you and how much it will cost to apply multiple coatings. Additional coatings can significantly increase the lifespan of your flooring. Also, are you resurfacing an area that experiences a lot of foot traffic? If so, then you may need to resurface your floor more frequently. Furthermore, what else is happening in that area? Is there a lot of heavy machinery and are vehicles driving through there often? If so, then you should strongly consider installing multiple epoxy coatings to provide yourself with greater strength and protection.

Is concrete resurfacing worth it?

It is 100% worth it. Your concrete foundation is the nucleus of the entire structure, and you can get a lot more life of it through the simple and affordable solution that is concrete resurfacing. It’s the best way to protect your property without having to demolish entire sections of your floor. The epoxy overlay will do wonders in preserving and protecting those word down areas that are susceptible to the effects of weather, heavy machinery, foot and vehicle traffic, and other naturally damaging occurrences. Concrete resurfacing isn’t necessarily a permanent solution, but it’s very viable considering how much usage you can get out of it.

What are some additional benefits of concrete resurfacing?

You are not only saving money and preventing a lot of structural damage to your concrete flooring system, but you are also revamping and revitalizing its appearance. In short, you can avoid all of the frustrations involved in demolishing your concrete and replacing it. You are saving yourself a lot of time and money in addition to achieving greater strength and durability.

With large holes and major structural defects, you should first look into fixing those issues before resurfacing. If you apply a new epoxy coating over a major crack, then the crack will quickly reappear and you have to re-address the issue.

Are there any other questions you have regarding concrete resurfacing? Call us today and speak with one of our epoxy contractors! They can tell you everything you need to know about the process – from pricing to scheduling to mixing the epoxy overlay and then applying it to your concrete flooring.