The Concrete Coating offers the appeal of natural stone. It is more practical and economical. Patios made of concrete are making a big comeback as homeowners now realize all the benefits they were missing out on by installing wooden composite decking.
Here are some of the reasons for people making a switch:-
Versatility – With the recent advances in coloring techniques and stamping tools, patios made of poured-in-place concrete are more versatile than ever before. Concrete can easily be formed into any shape. Thereby, allowing you to accommodate backyard space restrictions or incorporate attractive curves. You can also achieve just about any hue with the use of stains and other colouring methods.
You can also choose from a vast array of pattern and design options, including stamped patterns, stenciling, engraving etc. Few people choose a concrete patio style that complements their indoor living space. Concrete can also be made to look like other popular patio materials. This includes brick, natural stone and even wood.
Durability – It is highly durable and can stand up to a wide range of weather conditions. In fact, many concrete contractors take special measures to ensure the durability of the concrete patios they produce. The durability and aesthetic appeal of decorative concrete will also boost the resale value of your home.
Easy to Maintain – It is easier to maintain because it’s a solid surface. In comparison to wood, a concrete patio saves you the labor of staining and resealing year after year. Also, it is resistant to termite infestation and eliminates the need for regular maintenance as well.
Check these 5 things before painting concrete
Environment and use are two of the most important aspects of a coating choice. For example, a balcony coating needs to be UV and weather resistant, driveway coatings need to be oil resistant and suitable for traffic.
The concrete substrate needs to be free of moisture. Damp concrete will affect coating adhesion and lead to a coating failure.
Concrete paint works best as a coating system. This means for premium results it can include up to five layers, for example – a primer, a sealer, undercoat(s), topcoat(s), and a final sealer.
The concrete substrate needs to be cured, free from defects, dry, and clean – no contaminants such as oil, algae growth, loose particles.
The concrete substrate needs to be sufficiently porous for good adhesion – smooth concrete may require extra preparation such as acid etching, sandblasting, or concrete resurfacing.
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