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Five Things To Take into account While Selecting Between Concrete Resurfacing and Concrete Repair

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By : Mark Smittle    99 or more times read
When the point arrives that a driveway, courtyard, steps, or any concrete surface requires a makeover, how do you decide if you should replace your concrete or resurface your concrete? First you must recognize the distinction between the two so you can formulate the correct choice. So what exactly is concrete resurfacing? Concrete resurfacing is an acrylic modified cement bond to the present concrete surface. It offers you options to drastically convert the appearance of your surface. You have a wide choice of colors and textures to select from that may truly reproduce the look of stone, brick, or a full concrete repair job. Therefore how do you know if you are able to skip a full repair job and go with the less costly and cleaner process of concrete resurfacing? Pay attention to these five things to find out which procedure is more fitting for you.

  1. Is your existing concrete structurally sound? If you have cracks appearing in your present concrete surface less than inch and the slabs haven't moved vertically then a full concrete repair job isn't required. You're able to easily repair the cracks, resurface the concrete, and enhance the aesthetics without going through the inconvenience and costs of a detailed repair job.

  2. In case your existing concrete has sunk or heaved, then a hydraulic concrete leveler might be necessary before resurfacing. Silver dollar size openings are drilled all the way through the sunken portion of the slab and a lime blend is inserted into the holes, raising and stabilizing the piece. After the slab is stabilized then a polymer modified cement treatment will result in a pleasing and lasting decorated surface. This will likely prevent you from going through a complete concrete repair job.

  3. If 50% or more of the existing concrete is cracked and/or sunken or severely eroded to more than 1/3 of its thickness (over 1 inches) then resurfacing is generally not suggested. The cost to mend the faulty concrete becomes a factor and the inherent instability of the concrete pad puts the long run stability of the concrete in doubt. In these instances, the most effective resolution would be to remove and replace the degraded concrete.

  4. If your concrete patio, pavement or floor is structurally reliable but just appears worn-out then deciding on a concrete resurfacing job can save money and the mess of a complete repair process. The resurfacing job can add attractiveness and value to your house or business as well. Selecting concrete resurfacing? can provide the appearance of stone or brick at less than half the price and time it takes to remove the concrete and set up pavers or stone.

  5. Bonus: Concrete resurfacing has a far less effect to the environment as a full concrete repairing job does.
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