Overlays, whether a commercial system or a custom-mixed blend, typically combine cement, various aggregates and polymer resins. These resins add additional flexural, abrasion and compressive strength. This virtually eliminates cracking, chipping, freeze-thaw damage, water discoloration and scuff marks. This list will go through the very basics of concrete overlays, so you can consider adding them to your line of work.
Instead of ripping out and replacing an existing surface, concrete overlays can be used over sound flooring made of concrete, vinyl or wood. Overlays, typically applied from ¼ to ½ inch thick, can restore, protect and enhance a surface with a new color, texture or pattern.
Properly clean and prepare the existing substrate before applying a self-leveling overlay.
Mastering the basics of concrete overlays is a great first step into bringing new streams of income to your decorative concrete business.