Make Your House More Appealing With a Concrete Overlay
When most of us think about concrete, all we picture is a dull, gray floor. This type of flooring is common in warehouses but its mostly used as a cost-cutting measure. So, concrete does not have to be dull and boring; a concrete overlay can give you a beautiful floor at a reasonable cost. This option is excellent for almost any building, including a home. The price of a layer of an engineered concrete layer is similar to tile, and the results will amaze you.
Some very wealthy people own beautifully floored homes; mostly made from marble. It’s no secret that marble is amazing, but it’s also very expensive. If you want a marble floor but find it unaffordable, you can opt for polymer resin and concrete mixtures; these mimic marble but come at a much affordable price. The plastic is used to help bind the overlay which prevents changing of the properties of concrete even with the temperature or humidity fluctuations. More importantly, the process gives the concrete the look, color, and shimmer of marble.
Overlays may be set in various thicknesses which can vary from as thin as a credit to many inches thick. When mixed properly, polymer and adhere to the concrete making it durable. In fact, even the flooring at those warehouses mentioned above have a concrete overlay on top of the slab. This overlay is what gives that top layer of the concrete its glow. These floors are well-known for their durability; they can endure many years of use, tear, and downright abuse. Overlays are resistant to UV exposure, salt, and chemical which make them perfect even for outdoor usage.
Concrete overlays can transform any surface in your house with an elegant stone appearance. These surfaces could be walls and doors to the kitchen and backsplashes, driveways, patios, garages, pool decks and much more, and the only limit is your imagination. Once a surface is chosen, a thin cement overlay is applied as the first step in the process. A stone pattern of your selection is then custom carved into the overlay, and in no time your house will reap the benefits of a custom-made layout and pattern to enhance your current decor.
Modern houses nowadays have a new trend; that trend is using a concrete overlay on counter tops. Since concrete is longlasting and an overlay has the capability to mimic different materials, the result is a lasting countertop which appears pricey. Some homeowners stain the concrete while others go for overlays to get a granite or marble look. Marble and granite make great countertops, but they do not offer the strength and durability of concrete. Finally, when compared to granite and marble countertops , concrete is much more resistant to odors and stains.