If your floor or driveway is old, damaged, or worn, it may be time for a concrete overlay.

Concrete overlays are thin layers of polymer-modified concrete that are placed over an existing surface. They’re commonly used to improve the appearance or durability of a surface without digging up the old one. 

Overlays can be used on both indoor and outdoor surfaces, and they come in a variety of colors and textures. 

The application process

Concrete overlays can be applied from feather edge up to 2 inches thick. Just like the original layer, they can be created with a broom finish, smooth finish, or be stamped and colored.

A trowel, gauge rake, squeegee, or smoother will be required to apply it. 

The process will generally be the same as pouring the underlying slab: you’ll call in the professionals, give us an idea of what you’re looking for, and we’ll pour then seal your concrete overlay. 

The only difference is that we’ll grind the original layer and fix any cracks before starting the pour. This will ensure that you have the smoothest surface possible, free of any imperfections.

Concrete overlay in the home or business

Many home and business owners look to concrete overlays to give them a new surface that’s easy to clean–and look at. 

At Port Aggregates, we use our own special blend of ready mix concrete to offer you the longest-lasting, most durable concrete on the market. Our mix consists of the finest materials that give your concrete a clear advantage when it comes to premature compression strength breaks, eliminating problems, and decreasing your overall costs.

How long will a concrete overlay last?

As long as it’s been applied competently and the surface has been properly prepared, you can expect your concrete overlay to last for many years (especially if it’s sealed). 

The original slab will need to be thoroughly cleaned and free of any chips, cracks, or loose concrete. If it’s really old and porous, it may need to be treated with a concrete hardener and densifier first.

Overall, a concrete overlay is the best way to give your concrete a fresh, new appearance at a much cheaper price than removing the old slab and pouring a new one. Overlays can be used to repair concrete, level floors, or add decorative stamps to an existing slab, and are suitable for  a variety of different projects.  

At Port Aggregates, our professional concrete contractors have over 40 years of experience in creating beautiful concrete products. Our special ready mix concrete helps driveways last for decades with the proper maintenance. Contact us today to request a quote!

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