Concrete Resurfacing – What you need to Know

If you are planning to undergo a concrete resurfacing process with a decorative finishing material, you need not to worry. This is because such task can be a relatively easy one with the proper tools, products, information and analysis. Such resurfacing task can be divided into three main components; these components are the preparation of the surfaces, the decorative options and the floor maintenance. Here are a few things you should know:

Assessing the Existing Surface:

You will have to start with the assessment of the existing floor. This includes removing tile adhesives, paint, dealing with the moisture, repairing cracks and removing any carpet glue. For carpet glue, there are many effective solutions for removing it. These materials are sprayed and then they are scraped off.

Cleaning the Concrete:

Following the assessment of the floor and dealing with previous layers of paint or carpet glue, it is time to get it cleaned. This is important because any materials that are applied onto the concrete when it is not entirely clean will never stick and they will not be as effective as they should in protecting the floor. The best way to clean it is through acid etching as it is effective in removing grime, salts, dust and rust from the surface of the concrete. Of course, if you are going to do it yourself, you have to wear a protective mask because the fumes are quite strong and can be harmful. After the acid is applied, it can be removed and washed off after fifteen minutes.

Concrete is Porous:

Concrete is a porous material, which means that there is air in the little holes and the capillaries in it. Moisture pressure, which is also referred to as hydrostatic pressure, can result in the pushing of the moisture through the slab of the concrete. There are different solutions for this problem such as installing a roof gutter system, which can prevent water away from going along concrete foundations. In addition, coating the foundation and the floor with epoxy can prevent most of the moisture from reaching the slab.

Decorative Garage Floor Coverings:

If you are looking forward to applying a decorative concrete stain on a clean floor, then Concrete acid dyes and stains are the best-suited choice.  There are also the acetone-based dyes, which can bite hard onto the concrete.

Garage Floor Epoxy Coating:

For many years, epoxy floors were only used in industrial plants and factories but during the past few years, they have been one of the most commonly used concrete resurfacing materials for residential garages.  There are different types of epoxies, they include:

Epoxy Paint – It is basic high quality paint for the floor, it comes in many different colors.

Epoxy Urethane System – It has a 1st coat of paint or epoxy primer that has a top coat made of Urethane. It is one of the best choices for both, light industrial use and residential garages.

Solid High Build Epoxies- This type is the heaviest duty system. It has an epoxy paint with a high build epoxy layer that is topped with a layer of Urethane. It is best used in heavy-duty industrial plants