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Do you have questions about acrylic resurfacing for concrete flooring? Well we have answers! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about decorative concrete.

​Have more questions? We're always happy to answer your questions. Call DECORATIVE CONCRETE at 877-298-2075!

 How long has this acrylic resurfacing product been in use?
Acrylic resurfacing has been in use since the early 1970s. Polymer was added in the 1980s to provide superior bonding properties, and to increase strength, durability and longevity.  back to top


 How does this product bond to concrete?
First, the surface is etched with muriatic acid and pressure washed to clean off dirt, remove loose aggregate, and open the concrete pores. Next, a very thin "skim" coat of the acrylic cement mix is applied by trowel. This provides maximum absorption into the pores of the concrete. Patterns are laid out using reinforced tape when this is dry. A second coat is applied using a drywall hopper in a random spray pattern. When this coat is dry, the tape is pulled, revealing the patterns; then 2-3 coats of solvent based sealer is applied using a roller. This sealer coat penetrates and softens the skim and spray coats and bonds all layers to the concrete. When dry, these two layers become a permanent part of the existing concrete, providing outstanding weather and stain resistance.   back to top


 How thick is the application?
Total thickness is approximately 1/8 - 3/32". We are more concerned about getting the acrylic to penetrate the concrete than building up the surface. Actually, the thinner it is, the better its flexural properties (important for allowing expansion and contraction of concrete). Skim coats can be applied up to 2" thick for holes and spalling (chipping, flaking). Larger and thicker areas are filled or rebuilt using high-density acrylic mortars.  back to top


 How does it stand up against oils, stains, salts, and discoloration?
Because of the protective properties of the sealer coat, it is a non-porous finish. Most stains due to oil and grease wash off with mild detergent. Salt, deicers, fertilizers and such have no effect on it at all. In addition, because of its unique UV (ultra violet) additive, the product will not discolor due to exposure to sunlight, even in the harshest of conditions.  back to top


 Will it wear or chip off?
The DECORATIVE CONCRETE System should not show any abnormal wear, provided the acrylic sealer is replenished as wear occurs. We estimate this wear to occur no sooner than every 3 - 4 years under normal traffic conditions. As long as the sealer is in place, any wear should be absorbed by this protective coating. Any scuff marks, etc. generally disappear with a fresh application of sealer.  back to top


 What are the color choices?
DECORATIVE CONCRETE currently has 13 standard colors, and 15 highlight colors to choose from. Our unique highlighting system provides virtually unlimited color combinations. Custom colors and personalized logos are available at an additional cost.  back to top


 Why should i repair my concrete instead of replacing it?
Concrete replacement generally requires heavy equipment that can cause damage to much of the surrounding area, including landscaping and sidewalks. Some areas simply are not accessible and must be removed with smaller equipment or sledgehammers, etc. Much of that concrete winds up in landfills. Once it is replaced, you simply have a brand new surface that is subject to stains, oil absorption, spalling, cracking and salt damage. New concrete is just that -- concrete. By contrast, DECORATIVE CONCRETE Systems require no heavy equipment, and cause no landscape or environmental damage. Installation usually takes only a few days, depending on size and conditions. When it is complete, the surface not only is beautiful, but it also will resist stains, oil spills, and salt damage. In addition, it can be custom designed to match your home, adding beauty and value to your home and neighborhood.  back to top


 How is it maintained properly?
Periodic washing is all you normally need to maintain the surface. Although the DECORATIVE CONCRETE system is extremely durable, it is not indestructible. The rule of thumb is this: if it will scratch, chip or damage concrete, chances are it also will damage the DECORATIVE CONCRETE surface. Exercise caution when setting heavy things on it. Avoid dragging heavy items that could scratch it. Clean oil spills and the like as quickly as possible to keep it looking new.  back to top


 What about expansion joints, are they covered up?
Concrete must be allowed to expand and contract with temperature changes. These joints provide a "controlled crack" for this movement. All expansion joints are left in place; we cannot cover them up. In fact, we recut all existing joints a little deeper to ensure that when it does move, it moves where we want it to, and not at some undiscovered weak spot.  back to top


 What about heaved, sunken, and severely damages concrete?
Heaved (raised) concrete, is generally ground down, or the adjacent section is built up to meet it using a variety of materials. Severely damaged sections can be torn out and replaced if necessary. This helps to minimize the cost and time of replacing the entire area.  back to top


 Can cracks be repaired?
ABSOLUTELY! All cracks are repaired using high strength epoxies prior to applying the skim coat. New tension control joints are then placed, or existing ones cut deeper to alleviate the tension and allow for the movement that created the crack initially. (Note: In most cases cracks cannot be guaranteed, please see your local DECORATIVE CONCRETE dealer for more details.)  back to top


 Can it be applied around pools?
MOST DEFINITELY!! DECORATIVE CONCRETE products are the ideal solution for pool and spa areas. They are non-skid, cooler than concrete, and will not stain or be adversely affected by pool chemicals. DECORATIVE CONCRETE also provides a perfect transition from pool to yard, and adds that finishing touch like no other product can. Because of the versatility of DECORATIVE CONCRETE, a stencil can be used to indicate depth markings or areas of safety concern.  back to top


 How soon can it be used after application?
For normal foot traffic, excluding high heels, cleats, or spikes: 24 hours *. For vehicle traffic: 5-7 days (* Assuming normal temperature and weather conditions.)  back to top


 To what surfaces can it be applied?
DECORATIVE CONCRETE products can be applied to any concrete surface, vertical or horizontal. Wood surfaces must have a cement backer board, such as Hardi-Board- or DuRock, applied to add stability and minimize flexing.  back to top


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