If you’re a home improvement enthusiast, you’ve probably
spent many hours reading home décor magazines and online design sites and
wandering around home shows. One thing you may not have investigated is what is
involved in having a patio or driveway resurfaced. DIY fixes can be disastrous,
but with the professionals at Concrete
Craft®, a concrete overlay, decorative overlay,
coating or, as we like to call it, a resurfaced concrete overlay
is a beautiful thing. Here,
from start to finish is the transformation of an ugly, damaged patio and
walkway into an elegant flagstone pattern.
Step One: Taking stock of your damaged concrete
To the untrained eye, this patio appears to be beyond hope.
Its years of service have left it looking weather-worn, discolored and cracked.
Still structurally sound, this patio can be restored to an attractive place for
spending quality time with family and friends without demolition and
replacement. John Kostro, Co-founder of Concrete Craft, isn’t intimated by cracks
that appear daunting, he says, “Another
cool part of this project is how we incorporate cracks into design.” Who would have thought?
Step two: Preparing the concrete for the overlay
Before the overlay can be applied, the surface of the slab
must be properly cleaned, patched, and primer applied. Cleaning involves
removing any anti-adherents and then pressure washing to eliminate loose debris
creating a clean palette for applying bonding primer before patching damaged
areas and applying the overlay. Primer ensures that applied product, for both
patching and the overlay, will permanently adhere to the surface of the
concrete. Depending on how much repair work has been done and the condition of
the surface of the slab, two coats of primer may be required. Patched areas
will disappear once the overlay is applied. Cracks and expansion joints are not
filled in with material that could pull loose over time; they become an
integral part of the overall hand-cut design.
Step three: Product selection
Over a decade of testing and perfecting resulted in Concrete
Craft developing an exclusive MasterProTM concrete resurfacing
system that includes proprietary products that are performance-grade
resurfacing mixes for a superior product. Our concrete overlays produce a
smoother, more consistent long-lasting bond to transform existing concrete
surfaces to like new, ready for staining, stamping and hand-carved decorative
concrete finishes. When compared side by side, the quality of our concrete mixes is simply
better than anything else on the market. The proprietary blend is mixed
fresh on-site with the proper amounts of ingredients, including rubberized
polymer, elastomeric resin, cement, cement modifiers, fibers, polymers and
aggregates for a perfect overlay. No cement trucks or heavy equipment are
required to create the new concrete overlay.
Step four: Applying the concrete overlay
Installers work quickly, pouring to the proper depth and
smoothing properly to eliminate any random show-through or weak pockets due to
overwork of the product. The finished overlay has the look of a new-poured
concrete slab, making its damage and discoloration a thing of the past. Now the
overlay is ready for the chosen decorative concrete design, in this case,
The fresh, new surface ready for redesign.
Step five: Creating the decorative concrete overlay
This is where Concrete Craft’s craftsmanship, artistry and
authenticity of design come into play. Texturizing the surface of the overlay
by hand or with stamped
concrete patterns creates the appearance of real stone, removing the
smooth, brushed concrete look. Attention to detail and careful execution of
“grout lines,” hand-cut to the correct depth, ensures smooth, non-chip edges
for the flagstone design. Stones are cut to size and measure to fit the area so
the scale of the design will be perfect. It’s now impossible to tell grout
lines from cracks, they are seamlessly consolidated into the design. The
flagstone design is now ready for over-night curing before the hand-applied,
custom concrete stain
colors that will bring the design to life.
Step six: Custom
For a more realistic look, the flagstone pattern is a
combination of two primary colors and a base wash. The randomness of the
colored stones gives authenticity to the design, mirroring the randomness that
is nature’s real stone and rock formations. Each stone is hand-stained,
ensuring that the stain saturates and penetrates to the edges so there are no
gaps in color. A colored base coat wash over the stain completes the colors
amalgamation and darkens the grout lines before the final, protective sealer is
Step seven: The finishing topcoat sealer
Two coats of a durable, protective sealer are applied,
ensuring an even coating over the entire surface. There will be no missed sections, thin spots,
bubbles or puddles as can happen with a sprayer. Edges and borders receive special
attention to make sure that the sealer gets into every nook and cranny for a
continuous, seamless coating. The heavy-duty sealer creates a brilliant shine, with
UV-resistant properties to protect against colors fading and to create a
durable surface that resists moisture, stains, chips and cracks.
See how the colors come alive with shine!
It’s hard to believe this is the same patio. Decorative
concrete overlays are the answer to worn-out concrete floors, both indoors and
out. Concrete overlays can salvage interior floors where other flooring has
been removed, leaving an unsightly mess. The durable surface will take whatever
you can dish out, and cleanup is quick and easy with just a broom and damp mop,
if needed. You’ll get years of worry-free enjoyment and beauty from a custom
Concrete Craft resurfaced concrete overlay.
Call 866-813-3699 today or go online to ConcreteCraft.com to find the Concrete Craft nearest you and schedule a free,
onsite consultation to discuss all of your concrete surfaces that need help. From
repair and restoration to stained concrete and resurfaced
stamped and hand-carved concrete overlays we can transform your home or
business, including vertical concrete surfaces as well. Check out our MasterproTM product catalog for all the possibilities, including patios, walkways, driveways, pool
decks, garage floors, interior floors, vertical surfaces, courtyards, and more.