If patio, driveway, sidewalk or garage floor looks old and worn, you may be thinking about having the concrete surface resurfaced. Resurfacing concrete involves apply a thin new layer of concrete over your existing concrete surface to help it look new once again. There are many benefits to resurfacing concrete instead of removing the concrete surface and having a new one installed. However, there are also a couple of drawbacks to this as well. If you are in this situation, take the time to learn about the advantages and disadvantages that concrete resurfacing has to offer.
The Cons of Resurfacing Concrete
- Can't Fix Cracked or Crumbling Concrete
One of the downsides to resurfacing a concrete surface is that it cannot be used to fix cracked or crumbling concrete. If your concrete is cracked, the cracks will need to be sealed and filled in before the concrete can be resurfaced. If your concrete surface is crumbling away, resurfacing is not advised. The surface may not be able to support the weight of the new concrete, which can cause further crumbling.
- Can Only Be Done on Plain Concrete Surfaces
The other disadvantage to resurfacing concrete is that it can typically only be done on plain concrete surfaces. If your concrete surface has been sealed with epoxy, is colored, is etched, is acid stained or is stamped, concrete resurfacing may not properly adhere to the existing surface.
The Pros of Resurfacing Concrete
- Enhances the Appearance of Concrete
One of the major benefits of resurfacing concrete is that it helps to enhance the appearance of your concrete. If your concrete looks old, dull or worn, it can deter from the curb appeal and value of your home. Resurfacing can make the concrete surface look new again at a fraction of the cost of installing a new concrete surface.
- Adds a Few Years of Life to the Concrete Surface
The other advantage to resurfacing concrete is that it can add a few years of life to your concrete surface. If your concrete surface is already crumbling away, it is too late for resurfacing. But if it is not, adding a new layer of concrete to an existing surface can help to extend the life of a concrete surface that is beginning to pit or wear.
If you are looking to level out your concrete surface, disguise repaired cracks or hide stains that have made the surface unsightly, resurfacing your concrete surface may be perfect for you. Contact a concrete professional today to get answers to any additional questions you may have or to find out how to get started.