Keeping Concrete in Good Condition: Our Guide

Reasons To Resurface Your Concrete

If the concrete around your home is looking worn and cracked, rather than ripping it up entirely, you might be able to have it resurfaced. This involves cleaning and mending any minor fissures and damage on the existing cement before covering it with a fresh new layer. Here are several reasons to undergo resurfacing.

Refresh And Tidy Up Your Outdoors

Hardscape features around the garden, patio flooring and pathways, for example, add visual interest and contrast, increasing your enjoyment of the space. However, your satisfaction can be diminished if you notice dirty and damaged surfaces that don't do justice to the garden. After resurfacing, your outdoor entertainment areas will look pristine, and you can feel proud enough to throw small parties and gatherings for your loved friends and family without feeling sheepish about its condition.

Colour The Concrete

Covering your concrete with a new cement layer provides an opportunity for you to change its colour. Contractors can mix pigments of any hue with the cement before laying. Plus they can cover hardened concrete with dyes that chemically react to create multi-tones and shades in unique patterns. Generally, dyes look more uniform, while stains create an organic swathe of tones. To harmonise the concrete with its environment, notice the colours on your home and roof—also consider the hues in nearby foliage and flowers. Of course, you can also leave the concrete a smooth industrial grey if you wish.

Mimic Natural Stone Pavers

Resurfacing concrete not only allows for minor improvements and upgrades, but it provides you with the chance to totally transform your hardscaping without undergoing the major upheaval and cost of ripping up the existing concrete and starting from scratch. You could, for instance, spread gorgeous faux natural stone pavers around the patio for a luxurious and stylish look as a resurfacing project. 

Once expert contractors lay the new cement layer, they can apply different techniques to achieve the look of natural stone. For instance, they'll press stamps or moulds into unset cement to replicate the texture and joins of individual pavers. By combining colour techniques and numerous shades, they'll imitate the variable and subtle patterns evident in natural stone. Stencils that go over the concrete also control where and how the colour spreads. The final result will be attractive rock-looking pavers. So long as the existing concrete surface is structurally sound, you'll be able to create a stunning new patio, just by resurfacing concrete.