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. This means that concrete is not always boring; an overlay can provide a beautiful and economical floor. This option is great for many establishments including homes. The expense of a concrete layer is similar to tile, and the results are amazing.
As you know, most millionaires have beautiful floors in their homes; mostly made of marble. It’s no secret that marble is fantastic, but it’s also extremely expensive. If you wanted marble flooring but cannot afford the prices, there are businesses which can create concrete mixtures and polymer resin; they mimic marble at much lower prices. The polymer binds the overlay to the existing and ensures the properties does not change with the fluctuating temperatures and humidity of your house. Even better, the process gives the concrete the appearance, color, and shimmer of marble.
Overlays may be set in different thicknesses; they can be as thin as a credit card or several inches thick. When mixed well, the polymer and concrete stick to the slab and are very durable. In fact, even the flooring at the warehouse stores 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 because of their durability; they can withstand up to many years of use, tear, and abuse. Overlays are resistant to salt, UV exposure, chemicals, making them ideal for outdoor usage.
Concrete overlays provide a tool that has the ability to transform almost any surface in your house into one with an elegant stone outlook. These surfaces include driveways, walls and doorways to the kitchen and back splashes, patios, garages, pool decks, walkways and much more, the only limitation is your creativity. Once a surface is chosen, a thin cement overlay is applied as the first step in the process. A stone pattern of your choice is custom carved into the overlay, and shortly after, your house will reap the advantages of a custom-made design 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 durable and an overlay can mimic other materials, you end up with a longlasting which appears expensive. Some homeowners stain the concrete while others go for overlays to get a granite or marble look. While granite and marble make for great countertops, neither offers the strength and durability of concrete. Lastly, when compared to granite and marble countertops, concrete is significantly more resistant to odors and stains.