Most homeowner find their concrete flooring boring and dull. Little do they know that they can easily add beauty, durability, extra lifespan and color to their flooring solution with the help of a resurfacing system! Although shopping around for a resurfacing solution sounds fairly simply, the vast majority of options make the entire process slightly more difficult. After all, some are designed for interior use, other for the outdoors, and the resurfacing systems are not created equal. Let’s explore the factors you should account for when shopping around for a concrete resurfacing system.
1. The condition of the existent surface
Before you can select an adequate resurfacing system, it’s highly advisable to inspect the concrete flooring and determine its general condition. In case the floor presents numerous cracks and is uneven, then you should opt for a higher-build material such as a self-leveling overlay or an underlayment for instance. As a rule of thumb, the high build resurfacing systems must be applied at a thickness of at least ¼ inches.
2. Installation costs
There’s no point denying that most homeowners will select the resurfacing system based on its cost. Keep in mind that in addition to the resurfacing solution, you will also have to account for other costs included in the project, such as stamping, staining, embellishments or other aesthetic additions you might have in mind. Consequentially, if you intend to incorporate decorative elements, remember to include them to the total costs before reaching a decision.
3. Maintenance requirements
Despite the fact that concrete is known for its high durability, all resurfacing systems on the market will require some sort of maintenance. Regardless of how sturdy those concrete overlays may look, you will still need to inform yourself regarding the most suitable cleaning and resealing techniques. This is especially important for decorative overlays, where you will have to regularly apply a sealant to make them resistant to stains, dirt, debris and grease. To avoid unpleasantness, it would be a good idea to ask the contractor to provide you with all the maintenance procedures and lifetime expected performance in writing.
4. Installation location
As previously mentioned, some resurfacing systems are designed to perform well indoors, while others are extra durable to withstand the harsh conditions outdoors. For indoor overlays, the most relevant features to look for include a non-slip surface and stain resistance. In case you want to install it in your garage, then the resurfacing system must incorporate corrosive liquids and motor oil resistant capabilities as well. On the other hand, if you’re installing it outdoors, then make sure it’s can resist summer heat, direct sun, water damage and freezing temperatures.
5. The results you want to achieve
It may sound like common sense, but many homeowners forget that the reason they use a concrete resurfacing system is to restore and improve the appearance of an existing concrete floor. While you can opt for simply restoring the flooring, you can take advantage of the numerous colors, textures and patterns to achieve a new and fresher look.
For instance, acid stained floors are trending because acid staining is a great method of resurfacing the concrete floor with its unique patterns that can be created.