What is decorative resurfacing?
Decorative resurfacing is a general term used to describe a thin coat of acrylic or polymer concrete applied over traditional plain concrete. Decorative resurfacing is a concrete option which allows you to add your personal style to any concrete surface. This concrete option offers you multiple options in color, styles, and patterns.
What is acrylic concrete and how long has it been around?
Acrylic concrete is a mixture of modified acrylic resin, Portland cement, and sand. Acrylic resurfacing has been in use since the 1970s. The concrete material was originally used in a very plain form to cover eroded or deteriorated concrete. Over the years it has been transformed into an artistic medium as advanced texturing, staining, and design techniques have been introduced to applicators.
How durable is the product?
Due to the protective properties of the seal coat, it is a non-porous finish. Thus it is very resistant to salts, deicers, fertilizers, and pool chemicals. It is also very resistant to UV rays, and colors will fade only slightly due to the sun. The product comes with a three year warranty.
What does this product look like and what are the coloring options?
Your many options include our random stone patterns/designs and about 2,000 colors. We use a variety of colors, coloring techniques, textures, and sealant. Decorative resurfacing can imitate the look of natural stone, flagstone, tile, slate, brick, pavers, wood, and many other designs. In addition to our 2,000 color selection, we can also create colors on the job site.
Why should I repair my concrete instead of replacing it?
Concrete replacement or pavers installation generally requires heavy equipment that can cause damage to your home, the surrounding landscape and other grass areas. Some areas have limited or no accessibility. Decorative resurfacing requires no heavy equipment and most jobs are completed in three days (weather permitting). In addition, decorative resurfacing can create a surface that adds beauty and value to your home.
Is the surface slippery?
No. Moreover, we have a range of textures available. We have products that are designed to be smooth, semi-rough, or rough. Each job is applied in the manner specified by the customer. In addition to the levels of roughness of the texture, we add a non-skid aggregate.
Is the product shiny?
Applying a glossy sealant over a flat shiny surface can create the shinny surface you see in driveways. However, much of the shine is absorbed when applying sealant over acrylic cement. Over the course of a couple of months, the shine will dull somewhat; however, the same protection is still there.
How much thickness will this product add to my concrete?
Total thickness is typically 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. With this product, thicker does not mean better. Actually, the thinner it is applied the better it fluctuates. Flexibility is very important to allow for expansion and contraction of concrete during freeze/thaw cycles. When the acrylic concrete is applied it is allowed to move with the concrete as opposed to against it.
Should control/expansion joints be covered?
No. Control/expansion joints should never be covered. Your concrete will still move and control/expansion joints provide a controlled crack to handle movement.
Can radiant heat be used with decorative resurfacing?
Yes, decorative resurfacing’s surface is an excellent radiator of heat.
Can cracks be repaired?
Yes! With our crack incorporating system, we can come back and reincorporate any new crack into our grouting lines. With this method, we are able to blend in any new cracks into the surface.
How does decorative resurfacing create its natural rock pattern?
Every inch of decorative resurfacings is done by hand. This means every simulated stone is individually cut, shaped, textured and colored. Stone Creations resurfacing is one of the few companies in the nation who know how to properly apply this method. Each job that we do is uniquely different.
How is Surface Crafters different from its competitors and real flagstone?
Most companies install their flagstone, stamped concrete, bulmanite, and spray deck using stencils, stamps, and tape. Templates, tape, and stamps cannot create the realistic look of flagstone. They were created to standardize and minimize training and installation efforts. The very nature of stamps, stencils and tape creates a uniform pattern, which is desirable in some patterns such as slate, brick or tile. However, uniformity does not lend itself to a natural stone effect. The most desirable natural stone surfaces are created when each individual stone texture, hand carved, hand stained, and hand sealed. Real flagstone installation prices range from $9.00 to $15.00 per square foot depending on the quality of stones and craftsmanship. Surface Crafters overlay prices are very cost efficient and range per square foot depending on job size and the preexisting surface. Besides the price advantage, the advantage of having a Surface Crafters overlay system compared to flagstone, pavers, and stamped concrete mainly deals with durability and maintenance. Surface Crafters overlays are significantly more durable in regards to maintaining its colors, chipping, and scaling of the surface. In addition, our surfaces won’t mold, stain, or mildew and are much easier to clean.