Make Your House More Appealing With a Concrete Overlay
When most of us think about concrete, all we picture is a dull, gray floor. The kind of floors are commonly used in warehouses, mostly because it is more affordable than materials such as linoleum. 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 great for many establishments including homes. The expense of an engineered concrete layer is comparable to tile, and you will be amazed by the results.
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 polymer binds the overlay to the existing and ensures the properties does not change with the fluctuating temperatures and humidity of your house. 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 the warehouse stores have a concrete overlay on top of the slab. This overlay is the thing that gives the top layer of the concrete shiny. These floors are well-known for their durability; they even stay up to 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 have a new trend; the tendency is using an overlay for countertops. Since concrete is robust and an overlay can mimic different materials, you get a durable and expensive-looking countertop. 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, in comparison to marble and granite countertops, concrete is much more resistant to stains and odors.