[Posted on February 11th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
Strong, durable, dependable, and long-lasting, concrete has become a literal building block for many homes. From floors to countertops and driveways to patios, concrete is often the material of choice found in homes and businesses throughout the world. However, despite its strength, concrete isn’t infallible. With extreme wear, abuse or temperatures, concrete can deteriorate over the years. Concrete coatings, however, are the perfect addition to concrete surfaces, offering preservation of concrete surfaces by shielding them from constant wear and tear. Protect your concrete and give your home a facelift by considering a concrete coating.
What is a Concrete Coating?
A concrete coating is meant to protect concrete. There are a variety of different types of concrete coatings, but they serve the same purposes of combating moisture, extreme temperatures, heavy traffic, abrasion, and chemicals. Concrete and concrete coatings are environmentally sustainable, don’t allow for the growth of mold, are pet friendly, easy to clean and are exceptionally durable.
Concrete coatings can also be used to change the look of a space in your home or on your property by adding color, pattern, or texture. Concrete overlays can even be made to look like stone, brick, granite, or marble, and can be made slip-proof if installed next to an outdoor pool or water feature. A concrete coating will not only ensure the longevity of your concrete; it will also improve the value and aesthetic beauty of your home for less expensive than a total renovation or remodel.
Types of Concrete Coatings
Different floors require different types of coatings, and different people have different preferences when it comes to traits of a particular coating and/or looks. When selecting a type of concrete coating, one should consider the surface that the concrete coating will be applied to–is there already a coating on the surface? Is the surface broken or cracked? Does the surface need to be prepared? Another thing to consider are the type of conditions the surface will experiencewill the surface be exposed to chemicals? Is thermal shock an issue? What will the levels of abrasion and impact be?
Finally, a homeowner should consider the costs; the longevity of the coating and maintenance; any installation parameters and any aesthetic needs or desires before choosing a concrete coating. Meeting with a professional concrete coating specialist can help to answer all of these questions and help you to pick the right coating for your needs.
Choosing an Installation Professional
Using a professional home improvement company is essential in installing your new concrete coating. Not only can they help you to decide what type of coating is best for your home’s needs, but a professional will also be able to do the job in a timely and skillful manner. Not only will you need a company to help you choose a coating, but they will also have to take very specific measurements, mix chemicals or products, apply the coating, and create a design or pattern if desired. Do-it-yourself installations can be messy, costly, and result in a much more inconsistent result than what you started with. Save yourself the time and the headache: call a professional home improvement company for your concrete coating today.