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Concrete Overlay is an ultra-strong and easy-to-apply concrete layer used to “lay over” both, damaged concrete slabs, as well as non-concrete countertops to create a durable concrete finish. While concrete overlay remains a popular way to repair the damaged concrete slabs of a patio or driveway, it is less-known as an extremely affordable way to create concrete countertops on top of your existing tile or Formica countertops
In either application, overlay may be customized with dye, pigment or stains for rich color and texture at a fraction of the cost as newly poured concrete.
Removal of building material is costly and disruptive, while pouring new concrete can be time-consuming and laborious. To extend the life of existing patios, driveways, and flooring, we encourage homeowners to apply concrete overlay as an alternative to full demolition.
• Resurface old tile and Formica countertops
• Repair damaged and soiled concrete floors or walls
• Cost Effective upgrade for old countertops—requires minimal demolition of existing unit
• Apply borders to disguise carpet tack strip holes or unsightly flooring scars
• Enhance the look of indoor/outdoor concrete with Stamping, Stenciling & Artistic Finishes
• Color with Acid Stain or Concrete Pigment – Choose from Over 100 Color Possibilities
• Concrete Overlay also makes an ideal surface for Décors, such as spray-on stenciling and Vertical Acid Stain
Resurface Formica, tile or apply directly to existing wooden sub-surface. Create the countertop you want from over 100 Color Options. This is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to get concrete countertops! Direct Colors One-Step Concrete Overlay offers a quick, cost-effective alternative to a poured concrete countertop.
Direct Colors’ Concrete Overlay ensures a strong new finish to driveways, patios and everything in between. Update and customize the look, feel, and color of your concrete. It’s easy to change the texture of your newly-finished concrete through Stamping and Trowel Stenciling. Smooth texture concrete overlay may be Troweled down or sprayed with a hopper gun at low PSI for an ultra-smooth texture.
Concrete Overlay Basement Floors
Outdoor Stamped Concrete Overlay Floors
Interior Stamped Concrete Overlay Floors
Surface Preparation is crucial to a successful concrete overlay project. Your existing concrete slab, or surface, must be in good condition and free on any contaminants before beginning.
STEP 1: Remove any sealers, coatings, paint or glue present on the existing concrete. Mop flooring, to remove any loose debris before moving on.
STEP 2: The surface you plan to overlay must be solid. For concrete slabs, break out and remove any unsound concrete caused by scaling or minor spalling—overlaying on top of weak concrete creates the risk of cracking.
STEP 3: If you have created any gaps in removal of unsound concrete, fill as necessary. Any cracks that are equal to or wider than the width or a credit card, will require repair using Concrete Patch Product. Allow drying thoroughly before moving on with next step.
STEP 4: If the existing concrete is sealed or excessively smooth, scuff the surface with a sander to allow for better bonding between the surface and the overlay.
For more information about DIY concrete overlays, view our How To Video Series on concrete overlay applications.