[Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
If you have a surface on your property that is in need of repair or improvement, such as a driveway, outdoor patio, or garage floor, a concrete coating is the first thing you should consider. Concrete coatings can even be used on indoor surfaces, including countertops and kitchen or bathroom floors. Rather than spending a large amount of money on repairs or replacement of deteriorating surfaces, a concrete coating is an affordable way to increase the value of your home and improve the aesthetic value of your property.
What is a Concrete Coating?
Concrete coatings refer to the combination of materials that are applied to already existing surfaces to increase the surfaces’ temperature tolerance, durability, finish, or look. Concrete coatings can be applied to a variety of surfaces, such as pool decks, driveways and walkways, countertops, garage flooring, interior floors, restrooms, and porches and patios. A concrete coating can be applied in multiple colors and textures, and can even be manufactured to resemble other surfaces, such as granite. They are a fabulous way to protect your floors or other surfaces against wear-and-tear, chipping, scratching, or other types of abrasion.
Improve the Quality of Your Home
Because concrete coatings can be applied in a variety of colors and designs, you can create a unique look for any surfaces in your home that require improvement. Additionally, most concrete coatings are UV resistant, meaning that they won’t yellow with sunlight exposure over time. Concrete coatings are also often highly resistant to oil, grease, and chemicals, are stain resistant, are scratch resistant, and are incredibly durable. Applying a concrete coating allows for you to ensure the longevity of surfaces on your property, and will increase the value of your home. Concrete surfaces and coatings are also beneficial in that concrete surfaces are not conducive to mold growth, don’t emit VOC’s that are harmful and dangerous to health, reduce allergens, and can be paired with in-floor heating systems that deliver clean heat.
When choosing a concrete coating, it is recommended that you opt for a water resistant or waterproof coating. If you don’t get a waterproof coating, water droplets may seep under the coating and the growth of mold and other bacteria may occur.
Choosing a Professional Concrete Coating Installer
Once you have made the decision to refinish surfaces in your home and on your property with concrete coatings, make sure you choose a professional concrete coating installer to ensure that the job is done properly. The preparation for the installation process can be very detailed, and includes the assessment of already existing surfaces, possessing the knowledge of surface condition requirements, cleaning the surfaces, roughening the surfaces, repairing any surface defects (in some cases), and testing the surface for moisture. Once the preparatory steps have been completed, the installation process itself can also be very technical, especially if you have chosen to have a particular pattern, color, or coating that resembles another material, such as granite, applied.
The price of concrete coating varies depending on the type of material chosen, any specialty requests made, the type of surface, and the size of the area. Contact your local contractor to learn about your options and get started beautifying your home today.