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 Post subject: Concrete Resurfacing
PostPosted: Dec Fri 29, 2017 9:04 pm 
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What kind of concrete resurfacing options are available when concrete piers have been installed to level a foundation and the pier covering is a different color and texture than the original porch? Here's a picture:


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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
PostPosted: Dec Fri 29, 2017 9:05 pm 
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didn't get a picture

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
PostPosted: Dec Fri 29, 2017 9:11 pm 
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Dennis H. wrote:
didn't get a picture


Sorry, computer froze while uploading picture. Somehow it submitted without it, but it's there now.


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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
PostPosted: Dec Fri 29, 2017 9:48 pm 
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You could get a tint in another color to cover the entire surface. They also make latex surface molds to put a surface like tile, pavers or brick on the application.

Here is one product,

https://www.directcolors.com/concrete-overlay/

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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You could use a roll on epoxy coat, same as they use on garage floors, self leveling light weight concrete is also an option.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
PostPosted: Dec Sat 30, 2017 1:52 am 
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This ^^^
Probably the roll on epoxy is one of the lowest maintenance options out there.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
PostPosted: Dec Sat 30, 2017 2:54 am 
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Have a pro give you an estimate to stain it, they can make it look like wood or travertine tile, very nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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I forgot to mention that staining is not an option. The patches have a different texture from the rest of the porch. It would mute them, but we're looking for a solution to make them invisible.

Is there a roll-on or epoxy type of coating that will make it look like it's not a garage floor? I've used self leveling concrete in my house before to level a floor. However I'm wondering whether if in this installation it would crack, being such a thin layer.


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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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I don't think I would use self leveling concrete in an outdoor application. Thin concrete does not bond very well and heat/cold/wet/dry cycles just accelerates the degradation.
I would look into epoxy and see what the color options are other than garage floor gray.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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You are right staining won't work. They are not fully opaque and the difference in color would show thru.
Gray epoxy paint like the old wooden porches I remember.
Or go all the way and get a faux painter to paint "boards" and get the retro look.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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stain, paint, same thing, it's meant as a cover up. Yes I know the difference, substitute paint for stain.
Here's a nice stone look done with paint.


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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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This is a California based company, but just to give you an Idea.

http://www.stoneagerestore.com/epoxy-co ... gI6LfD_BwE

I have seen other epoxy with a sand texture for non slip.
I would venture to say there is a vast amount of colors to choose from.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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EPILOGUE: Decided on thin paver tiles. Staining would have still shown the texture differences. Painting or epoxy seemed more like a garage treatment than a nice porch treatment. Thin concrete skim coat would have cost $2000-2500 with no guarantee against future cracking. Regular hard tile would have been too slippery. The installed paver tiles were made by Daltile and have just the right texture.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Behold the "before and after" photos:


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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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They look good. Good luck with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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You did good. I might try that on our front stoop.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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Definitely a nice look. Hope they prove to be durable.

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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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Very nice look!


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 Post subject: Re: Concrete Resurfacing
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Looks good to me.

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