Concrete Resurfacing, Lehigh Acres, FL
Concrete resurfacing is an umbrella term that encompasses all the methods by which a dull, damaged concrete flooring is given a new face. Whether it is a concrete floor in your house, the concrete patio where you lounge, the concrete driveway that is supposed to add curb appeal to your house or the pool deck where the whole family gathers on a lazy Sunday brunch, a concrete resurfacing is capable of lifting up the looks of any space in the house and no one does it better than Suncoast Stamped Concrete. But let us first layout the many options that you have.
No other material is as suitable a surface for stained floors as concrete. There is wood, tile, linoleum, even plastic floors that can benefit from a good brush job, but nothing brings out the vibrancy of the colors and the chiaroscuro of a design like the canvas of concrete. Because concrete is porous enough for the colors to permeate through some of the top concrete layers, the life of stained concrete floors is also greater. While at the advent of concrete stains, pigments were used with alcohol as a solvent, however, those methods were soon abandoned due to their propensity to fading.
The new and improved method adopted was acid stain concrete. In this technique, pigmented metal salts are dissolved in mineral acids and applied on a prepped concrete floor to create an abstract patterned concrete floor in earthy shades. But acid is after all a harsh chemical. So, as aneco-friendlier option, water stain concrete was introduced. In this method, water-soluble stains are used to create printed concrete designs. Needless to say, there are also more concrete stain color options in the water stain method suitable for people living in and around Lehigh Acres,Florida. We, at Suncoast Stamped Concrete, can even combine concrete staining with stamping for more artistic designs.
Concrete overlay is the simplest way to resurface a concrete floor. All you have to do is have a layer of concrete poured atop the old concrete surface, which will have to prepped by scraping and etching so as to enhance the adhesion between the old and the new layer. If your concrete floor has cracks in it, a concrete overlay is your best bet to not only repair the cracks, since the concrete from the new layer will fill up the cracks, but also to cover up all signs of the damage. Concrete overlays are useful if you are getting a textured concrete floor, like a spray deck or knockdown patio flooring. If you are getting a driveway resurfacing, the concrete overlay will be reinforced using a polymer resin for added strength, something that is very necessary for a surface that tolerates heavy vehicles. Concrete overlaying is, in most cases of concrete refinishing or minor damage control, the first step of concrete resurfacing. Once a concrete floor has been overlaid, there is pretty much nothing the concrete contractors at Suncoast Stamped Concrete cannot do on it.
In formal settings or factory settings, like an office or a warehouse, it is frivolous and foolish to spend on elaborate decorative concrete designs. All you would want is a monochrome concrete floor that is smooth and polished and capable of enduring the footfall. In that case, concrete polishing is what you would be looking at. Concrete polishing lends simplicity and gravity to a concrete floor. In this method, a coarse-textured concrete layer is first installed as the base layer. A finer textured concrete layer is poured out on top. Once it dries, the surface is made even smoother by polishing with diamond pads of increasing fineness that scrapes away the bumps and smooths the ridges, imparting a slick, smooth and shiny finish to the concrete floor.
There are many types of concrete sealers that can be used on a concrete floor to provide a protective coating on it that prevents any kind of damage, including corrosion marks and awful stains. The broad classification puts them in two groups - topical sealers and penetrating ones. As you can infer from the names, topical sealers form a top protective layer on the concrete while penetrating sealers chemically bind with the concrete and protect its surface. In the present market, epoxy coating, which is of the topical type, is the most popular sealing material for concrete. As with all topical sealer applications, concrete resurfacing with epoxy sealers requires the floor to be acid etched or diamond etched, to augment the binding between floor and sealer layer. One or more layers of the sealer are then applied to it. Now you might be thinking an epoxy sealing is quite boring, but you could not be further from the truth. We, at Suncoast Stamped Concrete, can mix epoxy sealers with pigments or even colored flakes to give a colored or conglomerate finish to the concrete floor.
We have saved the best for the last, because stamped concrete is the specialty of Suncoast Stamped Concrete. Stamped concrete holds the greatest potential among all the other concrete resurfacing techniques. This is because when it comes to cement stamps, the sky is the limit for the design. Whether you want a filigree pattern or a floral one, a paver-like finish or a textured surface, concrete stamping can achieve it all. Even if you have a quirky motif in mind, a mold can be used to create a stamp for that. Stamped concrete patterns can also be used to recreate the looks of other flooring materials like brick, stone, cobble, slate, marble tiles, granite and much more. Nowadays, life-like patterns of fossils, shells and leaves are quite in demand too. All you have to do is tell our designers and we will do our best to translate your vision onto your concrete floor.
If you are noticing cracks in your concrete floor or you want to jazz up that unexciting concrete floor in your room, give us a call and we will spell out every concrete resurfacing option that you can get. You can even ask for a consultation so that we can show you the many stamped concrete designs we have and you can choose the one that catches your eye.
Suncoast Stamped Concrete provides concrete resurfacing services for your patio, pool deck, or driveway in the Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and of course Lehigh Acres area!