As time goes on, your concrete can start to look pitted and rough. If you don't like this then you can resurface it so it has that nice and new look to it again. Although it's easier to have a professional come out and do this for you, it is something you can take care of on your own if you want to. The information below will help you to resurface the concrete yourself.
Repair small cracks in the concrete
The first thing you want to do is to make sure the concrete doesn't have any cracks that need to be filled. If there is, then you want to take care of them first.
To repair cracks, clean the cracks out well. Do this with a power washer or hose with a high-powered nozzle. Use a screwdriver or knife to remove any broken pieces of concrete or other debris that's stuck down in the cracks.
Cut the tip off concrete crack filler and put it in the crack. Use a putty knife or trowel to make sure it is level at the top. Check the area in a few minutes and if the filler has settled further into the crack then add more and level it again.
Prepare the concrete
After making sure the weather isn't going to be below freezing and there is no rain in the forecast, you want to clean the concrete. Wear work boots and safety glasses while you are cleaning the area. You should also rake the yard around the concrete so leaves and other debris won't blow on the area you are working on.
An easy way to clean it well is by using a power washer. If you don't have access to one, then you can use a garden hose with a high-powered nozzle and a broom to scrub the surface. Once the surface has dried, you can tape off any areas you don't want touched during the resurfacing process. Put weather stripping foam with an adhesive backing in any joints and press on it firmly so it stays in place.
Resurfacing the concrete
Resurfacer has a short work time, generally of about twenty minutes, so you only want to prepare a half a bag at a time so you know you have enough time to work. Follow the instructions for adding water, making sure you stir it well before deciding whether or not it needs a little more water.
Pour a good amount of the resurfacer on the concrete, and use your trowel to spread it out. You should spread it evenly until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Repeat the process for the rest of the concrete. Don't allow anyone to walk on it for the rest of the day.
If you aren't ready to take on the job of resurfacing the concrete yourself, you should call out professionals, like those at Mara Restoration, Inc. and other locations, who will come out and take care of everything for you.
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