Tag: Concrete Overlays

Stained concrete floor with a desk in the middle

Decorative Concrete Finishes for Both Walls and Floors

Imagine the convenience and versatility of decorative concrete finishes that you can apply to either walls or floors. Actually, it’s not a matter for the imagi­nation. Such decorative finishes already exist. A more striking facet of these materials, however, may well be their role in enhancing visual effects in certain […]

Why Mock-ups of Polishable Overlays for Concrete Matter

Polishable overlays are a popular alternative to polished concrete where the existing concrete slab isn’t a good candidate for regular polishing. Infilling trenches, patching, spalling and removing existing modular floor coverings often result in a concrete surface that doesn’t meet with customer approval. Additionally, wavy concrete and edge curl will […]

Today’s Concrete Overlays are Durable and Good Looking

A baker knows when there’s a disaster in the kitchen. However, sometimes a little bit of icing can go a long way toward redemption. Concrete contractors have a similar option with overlays and an unsightly slab: The overlaid section not only looks better, but the chemistry behind today’s concrete overlays […]

Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?

Concrete overlays’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic. Research and […]

Concrete Contractor Expands and Diversifies into Decorative Field

Shawn Halverson, CEO of Surfacing Solutions Inc.in Temecula, California, talks about the time some years ago when he took a break from construction after working in the structural concrete industry for about 21 years, beginning in the mid-1970s. Then, this phenomenon called decorative concrete emerged as a major player in the trade, and Halverson became intrigued.