When you want to increase the curb appeal of your home and you have concrete, there are improvements you can make to it that are both easy and affordable. Both repairs and cosmetic updates for concrete are fast, give dramatic results, and are incredibly cheap when compared to major home improvements. So if you want a win-win for your home and your wallet, there are a few things you need to do to your existing concrete.
Make Needed Repairs
Making repairs to concrete not only serves to remove the eyesore and hazard, but they also increase the strength of your installation overall. So hire a professional to perform a couple of fixes that will restore the strength, look, and longevity of your concrete for life:
- Crack Repair: Filling in cracks is important to limiting extensive damage through spreading, moisture, or ground shifts. Crack repair is accomplished through either a silicone or mortar filler and can be completed on either small, hairline cracks, or larger stress fractures. It's important to hire a professional so that the cause of the crack is identified and remedied during the process of filling.
- Raising and Lifts: Concrete raising can be accomplished on most installations that are slumped due to sublayer erosion or root damage. Concrete raising is performed by drilling small holes through the damaged area, pumping the same materials used for crack repair beneath the installation, then filling of the drilled area. This procedure should also be accomplished by a professional for both cosmetic and structural integrity. For more information, contact Southern Concrete Raising Inc. or a similar company.
Update The Look
Making cosmetic improvements to your concrete is possible in a couple of ways, both of which you can do yourself if you have experience with the medium:
- Polishing: Fine polishing can make any floor or concrete surface into a valuable feature, as polishing offers an aesthetic sophistication that rival expensive materials. Polishing is performed in subsequent applications, for a result that gives a diamond-like shine. But due to the need for equipment and exactness during applications, you may be better off hiring a pro.
- Staining or Painting: Staining concrete or painting it is a beautiful way to make your existing installation personal and unique, as well as updated for a modern finish. Concrete readily accepts both acid and acrylic stains and paint after being treated with muriatic acid, so you can create a singular color or layers that mimic the look of raw stone and precious materials.