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The Basics of Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete resurfacing is the process of changing the old and current appearance of a floor. The changes may be due to damage or the desire of the building owner to renovate or have a new look. There are a lot of different techniques and methods that contractors and their concrete team can do to achieve the desired results.

Ideal Concrete Slabs

Before any actual resurfacing can be done, the concrete slab in question should be checked for any cracks and debris that might interfere with the project. A thorough cleaning should be done in order to remove any residue from the previous flooring such as wood glue, chalk, dust, dirt, rust and many others.  If these are to be left on the concrete, the resurfacing would be useless because flaws would come out. Ideally, a very clean slab of concrete should be the canvass for the resurfacing.

Another factor that should be considered with regards the suitability of the slab is the presence of cracks, ridges and niches. Fine, hairline cracks might be covered with the base coat of the resurfacing material but larger ones will need to be repaired well in order for the resurfacing to proceed. The cause of the cracks and blemishes of some slabs may be the underlying terrain. This can be a big problem for those who wish to resurface their concrete because the cracks and heaving will continue if they are not resolved, even if the surface has been improved already. Some damage might also be caused by the lowering and rising of temperatures; and they will continue even if the resurfacing proceeds.

There are some areas of the house or building that may be more ideal for one kind of decorative concrete than others. Indoor flooring is better off as smooth and shiny while owners will benefit by making their flooring outside a little bit rough and less slippery. Owners of the buildings might also like to consider making some of the floorings that are exposed to industrial and commercial uses as epoxy flooring. Examples of these are kitchens, work areas and lobbies.

It is important to have a plan with regards to the kind of concrete resurfacing you might want to happen in the domicile or building. Contractors can also recommend what is appropriate for the area as well as the give some input regarding the design of the resurfacing that the owner might have in mind.