A stamped concrete overlay is becoming a popular method of covering existing concrete. If you're tired of looking and dull, gray concrete and want to replace it with a decorative finish, consider a stamped overlay to cover an existing surface instead of tearing it out and pouring new. Ripping out and hauling away concrete is hard work and pretty expensive. If the existing concrete is structurally sound, then a stamped overlay is the way to go.
Stamped concrete overlays can be applied as thin as 1/4 inch and still achieve the strength and durability of a normal concrete surface. They are even strong enough to apply over a driveway and support vehicle weight and traffic.
They can be done on exterior or interior surfaces and horizontal or vertical surfaces. They can be done with pattern stamps or with texture mats. Overlays are almost as versatile as poured concrete.
One of the best advantages of stamped overlays is the countless options of designs and colors. Just like regular stamped concrete, you can choose patterns such as brick, tile, slate, etc. and pretty much any color.
Although most of this website involves do-it-yourself projects, this isn't one of them. Stamped overlays require some experience with concrete and cement. Concrete is a perishable substance and there's only a small window of time to do the job before it gets to hard to work with. So there isn't much time to fix mistakes. You also need experience to determine the proper preparation of the existing slab because this is the key to making it last.
Before deciding to pay the cost of replacing concrete, look into stamped concrete overlays.
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