[Posted on August 12th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
If you’ve got some drab concrete in your home or as part of your landscape, this could be decreasing the aesthetic appeal of your property. If the concrete in your outdoor living spaces is old, faded, or damaged, consider adding a concrete overlay of pavestone from Allied Outdor Solutions. Damaged concrete may have been improperly installed, and is best left to professionals.
What is a Concrete Overlay?
You can implement a concrete overlay when you want to cover up your existing surface permanently, due to imperfections that detract from the function or aesthetics of your property. Decorative overlays add a bit of shine to your driveways, patios, walkways and pool areas because you can give the area a face-lift without spending big bucks compared with removal and complete replacement. You can choose from a variety of types, styles, colors and textures to complement the space, with many decorative finishes available to suit your unique needs. It’s possible to achieve virtually any look you want through the exploration of a multitude of decorative concrete overlays.
Benefits of Overlays
Many traditional overlays are cement-based in nature. Today we have access to polymer resins blended with cement, sand, pavestone, and other additives to boost the performance, wear resistance and appearance of the concrete. This allows extreme precision in the installation process, with layers as thin or as thick as you want. Another benefit to this type of overlay is its ability to attach well to old concrete that’s already there, repelling salt, chemicals and abrasions. Protecting your concrete with an overlay which is resistant to harmful UV rays to prevent fading when properly maintained and sealed.
Freeze-thaw cycles are no match for polymer-modified overlays, which can be crucial in areas that get seasons of cold and warmth. Different manufacturers blend their overlays differently to achieve the highest level of benefit. It depends on the desired end result, climate and application method. Some of today’s decorative overlays employ the use of acrylics due to their heightened bonding strength and ultra-violet resistance. It’s critical, though, to ensure the underlying base is structurally sound and installed professionally. If not, cracking can develop over time. Tiny cracks can lead to large cracks in no time once moisture sets in and expands.
Implementing Concrete Overlays into Your Home
It’s easy to breathe new life into your home with concrete overlays that are decorative in nature. Use it for your patios, walkways, garden paths, retaining walls, in-ground pool areas and driveways. You may be tired of your old and cracked concrete and want to replace it with something that will not only look great but that will stand the test of time. Hiring professionals is the only way to achieve this type of project properly because they have the necessary tools, expertise, precision and knowledge to get the job done right the first time.