When it comes to the floors in your Austin home or business, concrete is a great material to choose from. It offers unrivaled durability, plus it’s a quite affordable options compared to many others on the market. Add a sealant and that concrete floor of yours should last for years and years, without needing much in the way of maintenance. However, if you want an improved look, stamped concrete overlays have long been a favorable way of achieving a beautiful aesthetic. This option is not to be confused with spray texture concrete overlays, though, which are very similar.
Before we discuss the difference between the two, let’s look at their similarities, which essentially come down to the main reason people would use either: how they improve concrete. Basically, these two applications use concrete toppings to mimic the look of a different material. Often, people choose cobblestone, brick or even wood. The idea is that these options cost a lot of money to install, and maintenance costs will pile up, as well, as they can be rather fragile. Stamped concrete overlays are far more cost effective, yet look the part. They’re especially helpful for flooring applications outdoors where the elements would otherwise chew through some of those favorable materials.
Stamped concrete overlays are more or less exactly what it sounds like. After the concrete topping is laid at approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick, but before it dries, a stamp is placed into it that will help it take on the desired look. Chemicals can also be used after the concrete dries, that will further help achieve the style you’re going for.
Concrete overlays go on top of an already existing floor. They’re usually used when a concrete floor has become damaged or is otherwise no longer what the property owner wants. Instead of ripping the flooring out, concrete overlays can be applied. These overlays are a mix between cement, sand and some chemicals, usually a polymer. Depending on your needs, the cement overlay can come as thin as a credit card, though others are up to an inch thick.
The main difference between concrete overlays are the thickness and final look achieved. In Austin we see thin overlays that are troweled or sprayed as well as stamped concrete that is made to look like a natural product. With either option, you want professionals to handle installation or you’ll be disappointed by the result. Sundek of Austin is experienced with all types of Overlays and would be happy to help.