Make Your House More Appealing With a Concrete Overlay
When most people think about concrete, all they envision is a dull, gray flooring. This type of flooring is common in warehouses but its mostly used as a cost-cutting measure. Therefore, concrete does not have to be dull and boring; a concrete overlay is a good way of getting a beautiful and affordable floor at affordable costs. This option is excellent for almost any building, including a home. The price of a layer of an engineered concrete layer is similar to tile, and the results will amaze you.
As you know, most millionaires have beautiful floors in their homes; mostly made of 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 plastic is used to help bind the overlay which prevents changing of the properties of concrete even with the temperature or humidity fluctuations. Even better, the process gives the concrete the appearance, 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 those warehouses mentioned above 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 can change any surface in your house into an elegant looking one. These surfaces could be walls and doors to the kitchen and backsplashes, driveways, patios, garages, pool decks and much more, and the only limit is your imagination. Once a surface is chosen, a thin cement overlay is applied as the first step in the process. A stone pattern of your selection is then custom carved into the overlay, and in no time your house will reap the benefits of a custom-made layout and pattern to enhance your current decor.
In modern houses, there is a new trend that is arising; using the concrete overlay for even countertops. 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 because they enjoy the appearance, others use an overlay to acquire that marble or granite look. While marble and granite make great countertops, neither offers the strength and durability of concrete. Finally, when compared to granite and marble countertops , concrete is much more resistant to odors and stains.