Concrete surfaces, including driveways, patios and indoor flooring, age with time and become rough, uneven, cracked and weak. Thankfully, worn concrete can be restored and resurfaced with an application of Overcrete.
Resurfacing with Overcrete repairs and preserves the original concrete, while also providing the following 4 benefits:
Reduces the risk of accidents
Overcrete contains cement which naturally gives it a coarse texture and anti-slip surface. You can increase the texture of your concrete surface and decrease the risk of slippage even further by:
- Adding an aggregate – Aggregates are coarse materials that are mixed into concrete to increase strength, traction and beauty. Common aggregates include a variety of quartzes, pebbles, and natural stones.
- Stencilling the surface – Stencilling the topmost layers of Overcrete provides additional texture, as well as a nice appearance. Overcrete can be stencilled in many different ways, with some of the most popular options being to give it an appearance of rustic bricks, natural stones or pavers.
Saves time and money
Concrete has been used in construction since the mid-1800s. During those first decades, worn concrete always had to be replaced. This involved breaking up the old concrete, hauling it away, levelling the surface of the ground again and then pouring the new concrete. This process was costly because it took a lot of time and labour.
Resurfacing concrete involves preparing the surface, spraying multiple layers of Overcrete and then allowing it to cure. Although resurfacing concrete does take time and work, it is significantly less than replacing concrete and this saves property owners time and money.
Requires little maintenance
Overcrete requires little ongoing maintenance to last for a good number of years. Resurfaced concrete can be kept looking its best by:
- Cleaning regularly – Cleaning the surface of the concrete every week or two with a mild cleaner prevents oil and dirt from accumulating and decreases staining.
- Applying a concrete sealer – Applying a coat of sealer to concrete protects it from stains, slows down its aging process, decreases wear and tear on the surface and keeps its color bright. As a general rule, concrete needs a new coat of sealer every 2 or 3 years.
Contributes beauty to the environment
Concrete used to be purely functional, but now it also brings beauty to homes and businesses. If you choose to resurface a concrete surface, you will be able to personalise the Overcrete to be an expression of your creativity and personality.
You can personalise Overcrete by choosing:
- Colour – Overcrete comes in basic shades of ivory, grey and white, but it can be colored a wide variety of colors, including various shades of brown, red and green.
- Pattern – Stencils can be used to create many different patterns in Overcrete. You decide if the pattern extends across the whole surface or only forms a border along the edges.
- Texture – You can opt to have to have different flakes or aggregates, such as quartz and natural stones, added to your Overcrete to give it the texture that you prefer.
Resurfacing is a great way to repair and revitalise concrete, while also embellishing the environment, saving time and money, and increasing safety in your home or business.