When your existing concrete needs a makeover, there are a few options you can choose from. Polishing your concrete or resurfacing it with a decorative overlay will both give your concrete a fresh clean new look.
However, one process might be better suited than the other depending on the condition of the concrete.
To help you decide which finish to choose we've gathered a list of things to consider.
The most important factor when deciding which floor finish to choose, is the condition of the concrete floor. For polishing concrete almost all structurally sound concrete can be polished. If your concrete is determined to be too porous, has major flaws such as big patchworks that will still be visible after the polishing, spalled areas that are beyond repair, your floor will be a better candidate for resurfacing.
If your concrete is determined to be in too poor condition for polishing, resurfacing it with a decorative overlay is the best way to hide the concrete flaws. You can choose from a range of overlay finishes ranging from micro toppings to thick self-leveling overlays that will even the floors, cover any damage, and provide a smooth even surface for your chosen decorative finish.
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Both polished concrete and overlays can be enhanced by stencils, decorative saw cuts, and stains or dyes.
If you want to have more of a clean modern, rustic, or industrial look polished concrete might be a better-suited option. Your polished concrete floor finish can be in matte, satin, or glass-like.
However, with resurfacing overlays, you have more decorative options to choose from. You have the option of ultra-smooth finish to heavily textured finish depending on the type of overlay system and the tools used to apply it.
The overlays can also be stamped to mimic brick, slate, or stone or seeded with decorative aggregates to achieve a terrazzo-like effect.
If you love the look of polished concrete, but your concrete is in too poor condition for polishing and you are not convinced resurfacing is the look you want, you can always go for polishable overlays.
Polished overlays provide the polished concrete look, without the underlying imperfections showing. The micro topping can be installed over any hard surface and can easily be treated with color or a decorative coating, it is environmentally friendly, mold and mildew resistant, and, most important, economical.
In terms of performance, polished concrete floors are extremely durable and long-lasting, especially in high-traffic areas. This is thanks to the densification and polishing process
high-traffic They also are easier to maintain than other types of decorative concrete floors because they require no waxing or sealers. With basic cleaning, polished concrete should retain its luster look for years to come.
On the other hand, cement-based overlays offer a variety of finishes, but also require more maintenance. The use of sealer or coating is needed to protect them from abrasion and foot traffic. In high-foot areas, the frequent use of floor wax or polish might be needed to offer extra resistance to patterns and stains.