Make Your Home More Attractive 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. This means that concrete is not always boring; an overlay can provide a beautiful and economical floor. This option is excellent for almost any building, including a home. The expense of a concrete layer is similar to tile, and the results are amazing.
Millionaires tend to have beautiful floors in their houses; this flooring is usually made using 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 polymer is used to help bind the overlay to the concrete which ensures that the properties of concrete do not crack due to the changes in temperature and humidity of fluctuations in your home. The process gives the concrete the shimmer and look of marble.
Overlays vary in thickness; they can be very thin or several 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. The overlay gives that top layer the shine. 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 has the ability to transform almost any surface in your house into one with an elegant stone outlook. 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 choice is custom carved into the overlay, and shortly after, your house will reap the advantages of a custom-made design and pattern to enhance your current decor.
Modern houses have a new trend; the tendency is using an overlay for countertops. Since concrete is longlasting and an overlay has the capability to mimic different materials, the result is a lasting countertop which appears pricey. Some homeowners stain the concrete because they enjoy the appearance, others use an overlay to acquire that marble or granite look. Marble and granite make great countertops, but they do not offer the strength and durability of concrete. Finally, when compared to granite and marble countertops , concrete is much more resistant to odors and stains.