Decorative overlays giving concrete a much needed facelift
Worn down concrete surfaces can take away from many interior and exterior atmospheres. So, do you remove and repour or.........resurface? The combination of demolition and new concrete can be a budget breaker in a hurry. Thus, the reason concrete overlayments became a perfect solution to avoid demolition costs.
Concrete overlayment systems have been around for many decades, but its the innovative ideas of contractors across the nation that inspired ACDI to enter the coatings industry. Concrete overlayments are stronger and more flexible than any concrete slab at a fraction of the thickness. All cracks are filled and can be covered leaving a concrete surface seamless.
Overlayments can be simple, such as smooth troweled surfaces resembling a garage floor or a stamp patio. Overlayments can be applied to patios, interior floors (wood or concrete), pool decks, decks, walkways and driveways. Basic overlayment applications are applied to level out existing wood or concrete floors in order to install hardwood floors, carpet, linoleum and tile. However, concrete companies like ACDI are combining concrete stains, stamping techniques and polishing to create captivating floors, decks and patios. Worn out concrete slabs are being revived into classic cobblestone patios. Unsightly carpet is removed and replaced with stained micro-topping resembling expensive slate tile.
Who's Using Overlays?
Commercial businesses were the first to see the benefits of concrete overlays. Considering many businesses have high traffic issues, most business owners are looking for several key characteristics when it comes to flooring: (1) Budget (2) Durability and Maintenance (3) Cosmetic Appearance.
Decorative overlays, although applied in thin layers, have tremendous physical characteristics measuring in with a compressive strength over 6, 000 lbs. (psi) per square inch and a remarkable flexural strength of 2,415 lbs. (psi) per square inch. What's even more remarkable is the adhesion at 515 lbs. (psi), meaning a loss of bond will require a massive amount of pressure exerted to dislodge the coating.
That's why overlays can be applied not only to concrete, but directly to wood sub flooring and vertical surfaces. The tenant improvement industry, made up of people who rent homes, has jumped on board with decorative overlays almost exclusively. People renting housing on college campuses have grown tired of replacing stained and worn down carpet year-after-year. So, many landlords have removed all their carpet in favor of acid stained concrete overlays and a couple cheap throw rugs. Concrete overlays are a durable, low maintenance alternative to conventional flooring.
But, don't think overlays are just a commercial application because ACDI has installed its share of decorative overlay finishes to residential locations. It's a cost-effective alternative when compared to many options like hardwood floors, tile or custom stone. Interested in heated floors? While a majority of radiant heated concrete floors are designed for 4" thick slabs, there are a hand full of sub floors that structurally can't accept this much concrete. However, you can install self-leveling overlayments successfully over wood sub floors. Self-levelers are lighter than concrete, higher in flexibility and overall strength.
What is an Overlayment?
Overlaying is placing a thin layer of cement, aggregates, and polymeric rubber combination onto an existing surface. ACDI installs self-leveling overlayments on sunken concrete and directly over a wood sub floors to be stained and sealed for a final flooring option. Self-levelers fill the low spots of existing slabs to achieve a flat interior floor. In fact, one of the most sought after flooring alternatives is concrete interior polished or stained floors. Most people don't know that you can install self-leveling concrete over wood as thin as 1/2" without the fear of massive cracking or failure.
Overlays come in a variety of integrally colored choices which can be used to achieve a specific base color. Gray is not your only alternative when it comes to polymer overlays. Increte's Thincrete overlayment system can be stamped with texture skins and looks just like stamp concrete at 1/4" thick.
In addition to applying acid stains or mixing color within the overlay, ACDI can apply tinted sealers in a variety of colors which leaves a more uniform color rather than a "mottled" appearance. Increte Systems and Miracote offer a variety of tinted sealers that can add color to a worn down patio or compliment smaller acid stain designs.
Any combination of stamp overlay, stains, integrally colored overlays can be used on one project. Increte is a great alternative for resurfacing:
*Interior wood sub floors or concrete
*Over Existing tile or stones
Below are photos of a recent project completed by ACDI installing a stamp overlay over an existing concrete patios and pool decks. Click on the photos below to see a larger picture: