Concrete is one of the most popular surfaces for commercial and residential use in Pike County Georgia. Because of its durability and low maintenance, homemakers prefer it to other outdoor surface materials.
However, like everything else that is constantly exposed to adverse weather conditions, concrete deteriorates over time. Since you first installed the concrete, it looked positively new. After a few years, what was once shiny gray surface had turned into a dull, monotonous gray.
Other than tearing out the whole concrete surface and replacing it with a new one (which can be an expensive endeavor, not to mention physically taxing), your other option is patio concrete staining. Hiring a professional decorative concrete contractor in Pike County to repair and resurface the concrete if it needs it is well worth the money.
Once the concrete is ready for its first application you have to choose from either acid stains or acrylic stains. Both can greatly enhance the appearance of your concrete surfaces. However, each stain type has its own character and distinction from the other, so it is best if you get to know what the strong and weak points of each type are before making a decision.
What makes outdoor concrete staining using acid stains unique is that every acid type reacts different to the free lime. So you can create different effects, producing an illusion of variety on your surfaces.
The other type of stain used for outdoor concrete staining is acrylic. Because acrylic stains are water-based, the pigments tend to enter through the pores of the concrete surface. In this way, the color, which is characteristically semi-translucent adheres to the concrete in a way that acid stains never do, creating a more lasting and consistent coloring.
The good thing about acrylic stains for outdoor concrete staining is that they can mask any flaws or inconsistencies in the surface. Acid stains, on the other hand, tend to accentuate them.
Repairing small cracks in Concrete
Clean out the crack with a wire brush to remove dirt and loose stones. Wash the crack with a concrete cleaner. Get commercially available nonacid concrete cleaner made by the same company that makes your patching compound. It is safer and more convenient than the large of muriatic acid masons might use.
Let the surface dry. If the crack is deep and it is in a floor, fill it partially with sand, leaving an opening about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Pour in the crack sealer until it forms a layer 1/4 inch deep. Let it dry overnight and then apply another layer. Repeat until the surface is flush with the floor. Do not overfill, apply enough patch material to bring the surface flush with the floor. If using caulk, smooth with a metal putty knife.
On deeper cracks, mix some sand mix according to the direction on the bag. Trowel it into the cracks, filling it flush with the surface. First, the patch on both deep and shallow cracks will have a watery sheen. When the sheen dries off, se a wooden float to smooth the surface and give it a texture that matches the rest of the concrete. If the existing concrete is very smooth, then smooth the surface with a metal finishing trowel.
Stamped Concrete - Using Concrete Overlays
Stamped concrete is an application process that is used to make normal concrete appear to be something else. Some of the applications that are mimicked by using stamped concrete are brick, slate, flagstone, wood, and tile. The reason people use this type of process is so they can take advantage of the strengths that concrete has to offer while giving off a unique look. The overall look of this process can make your sidewalk, driveway, or any other area look higher end and make it stand out from the rest of the exterior of your home.
The actual stamping process is what makes the cement appear to be something that it's not. This means that until the finishing stage of the installation you have the concrete formed and poured just as if it was a normal job. The stamping also dictates what type of surface you are trying to resemble.
Any home in [post_name] can have stamp concrete installed around their pool, patio, throughout their walkways and driveway, and anywhere else you might find concrete. Even adding in designs to break up the monotony of concrete is a good idea for the exterior of your home, especially if you are looking to increase the overall appeal of your home.
The first thing to do is to call your concrete contractor in [post_name] and inquire about having stamped cement installed at your home. You will receive a free estimate and the work will be done by experienced professionals that know exactly how to perform this special process.