Concrete overlays have been used for decades. When first introduced they provided an inexpensive but non permanent method of sprucing up existing or newly laid concrete applications. In more recent years this process has vastly improved over the original applications through the use of polymers.
Polymer cement overlays, consisting of a proprietary blend of Portland cements, various aggregates and polymer resins, greatly increase the performance characteristics and versatility of conventional cements, mortars and concrete materials. Unlike conventional cement and concrete mixes, polymer cement overlays can be applied thinly or thickly without fear of delamination or typical product failure. In addition, polymer cement overlays are much more resistant to damage from salt, petrochemicals, UV, harsh weather conditions and traffic wearing.
Polymer cement or concrete overlays are used for interior and exterior applications ranging from:
- Skim coat/broom finish concrete resurfacing Restore and protect damaged, pitted, flaking and stained concrete back to the look of a new concrete surface.
- Concrete regrading & leveling Repair and level concrete surfaces that have settled.
- Existing substrate redecorating and renovating Alter the appearance of existing concrete or wood substrates through applying "thin stamped" or "thin stained" overlays, creating new textures, colors and designs. For use on commercial or resident pool deck, this frequently takes the form of "splatter textures" or "knockdowns," in which polymer cement is applied to the existing concrete substrate in a moderately textured finish (average of 1/8 thickness) in various patterns. Often, the texture is knocked down with a trowel to slightly modify the appearance and feel of the finished application.