Concrete is quite a porous material. This is one reason why it is prone to stains. When something spills, bits of that gets absorbed in the slab and stays there. No amount of scrubbing would get that out since scrubbing does not penetrate past the surface. The same is true with oil and grease. Although a degreaser is an effective product, it can’t really reach any oil or grease buried deep into the minute pores of the concrete slab. No matter how clean and damage-free the surface is, a stain will make it look unpleasant and disappointing.
Fortunately, there is a way to mask it off: Concrete Refinishing. It does not involve a slab removal or replacement, so property owners can rest assured that it would be less expensive and less time-consuming. With the skill and experience of the right licensed contractor, the refinished surface would definitely be a dream come true.
Refinish vs Resurface: A Comparison
People often confuse one for the other. However, to resurface concrete is different from refinishing it. While the former replaces the whole surface of the slab, the latter does not. In fact, it only involves the enhancement of the existing surface. Refinishing is ideal for cosmetic damage, like discoloration, stains, or dullness. It may involve an addition of a finishing product, a replacement of a worn-out outdoor and indoor concrete floor finishes, or having a process done on the slab.
Concrete Refinishing Options
After an expert assesses your concrete space and finds only surface-deep issues, refinishing it would often be a recommended solution. Here are some of the most efficient types and a brief description of each:
- Stained Concrete – Concrete staining is a great way of covering or masking stains and discoloration. There are two types of stains: acid and water-based. Acid stains produce unique and random effects and colors tones while water-based stains dry in the same color they are applied. Stains penetrate the concrete, making the color last longer than other coloring agents would.
- Polished Concrete – This is a popular method of repairing concrete and renewing the look of an old slab without the use of an overlay or coating. A grinding equipment grinds off a thin layer of the slab until it becomes even, smooth, and shiny.
- Concrete Resealing – Concrete overlay sealing is crucial to keep a slab from absorbing anything it comes in contact with. It only often lasts a couple of years or so, much shorter for high traffic areas. A worn-out sealed surface needs to undergo resealing to renew the protective layer.
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