Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Wednesday 8th of February 2017
One of the biggest drawbacks to concrete is its natural visual appearance. Once concrete has been poured and cured, the surface is rough, marked by pores and holes covering an expanse of light gray. While the structural qualities of concrete make it an unbeatable material to be used in construction, its benefits are more in the functional realm. That has not stopped the evolution of methods to enhance the visual appeal of concrete, such as decorative concrete floor systems and concrete dye stains.
In the pursuit of foolproof ways to decorate your otherwise drab concrete surfaces, decorative concrete overlays are one of the newer methods devised by the industry to increase the visual appeal of your concrete surfaces. Not only do decorative concrete overlays improve the aesthetics of your concrete, but they also actually help structurally to cover up surface imperfections, helping to seal cracks and other potential problems before they spiral out of control.
Decorative concrete overlays are systems that blend polymer resins with additives, such as cement and sand, which increase the durability and performance of concrete while enhancing the visual appeal. Once applied to your concrete surfaces, these decorative overlays immediately enhance the visual nature of the concrete, making whatever surface to which it is applied seem that much better. With a wide variety of color schemes and textures, concrete overlays can be adapted to suit any number of surfaces and environments.
Of course, the best benefit to a concrete overlay is that it does not impair the structural integrity of your concrete. Concrete overlays actually improve the structure of the concrete by sealing up pesky cracks and hairline fractures in the concrete, all while ensuring that these problems do not get worse. In order to retain their level of effectiveness, however, you must seal the concrete overlay with a quality concrete sealer. A concrete sealer, when applied to an overlay, will improve the already impressive strength of the concrete and its new visual addition. Without a concrete sealer, such as the Cryli-Tek 5500 or Cryli-Tek 5505, the concrete overlay features the same risks as does normal concrete untreated with concrete: eventual cracking, water damage, and UV degradation. While a concrete overlay offers protection for your concrete, dont forget to protect that overly itself, ensuring long-lasting protection.