There may come a time when you will need to address concrete resurfacing problems in your home. Concrete is meant to last, but time and nature can cause surface degradation and deep cracks that have to be repaired. Resurfacing concrete is easy, inexpensive and is quickly becoming a popular do-it-yourself job. It will save you money while giving stained, worn, or pitted concrete surfaces in your home a clean appearance. Most types of concrete can be resurfaced. These include patios, driveways, garages, walls, and pool areas. You can choose to mix your own concrete resurfacing material using Portland cement, water and sand. You can also buy commercial pre-mixed concrete resurfacing material that comes in bags or buckets.
Step 1 – Clean the Area
Remove all loose concrete. Clean the concrete using water from a high-powered hose or power washer. Make sure that the concrete is completely cleaned. This will allow the resurfacer to adhere well to the old surface.
Step 2 – Mix the Concrete
Mix seven parts concrete resurfacer with one part water. You may be told to use a drill and a paddle mixer, but most often, a shovel will do. To mix the concrete resurfacer, add the water in stages until the desired consistency is reached. Make sure that the mixture is free of lumps. You can add color powder if you wish.
Step 3 – Pour the Concrete
Before you pour the concrete, dampen the area and spread a thin layer of cement paste. Once dry, re-dampen the area and then pour the resurfacer mixture using a shovel. Only pour a small amount at a time. Spread the mixture over the area using a masonry trowel and work in sections. This will allow you to properly spread the concrete before it dries. If you want your resurfacing job to be extra smooth, use a concrete float over the applied resurfacer mixture before it hardens. Similarly, if you want it to be slip-resistant and have a finished look, sweep a broom across it before hardens. Allow the cement to dry. The waiting time will be longer during colder conditions. Don’t cover the new concrete while it dries unless protection from rain is needed.
Step 4 – Decorate Your Concrete
Sometimes, resurfacing is used to add decorative flair to a featureless walkway or pool area. This type of project involves resurfacing the concrete with special decorative stamps or paint. You can stamp to apply a faux cobblestone, brick or other patterns. If done right, the finished product can actually look like the real thing.