If the answer is ‘contributing’ to curb appeal, then you probably already rock it with decorative concrete and you should know that #WeLoveConcrete. But if the answer is ‘hindering’, then know that decorative concrete is a great way to fix those issues.
Maybe your driveway is cracked and uneven and even (gasp) just gray. Have you priced tear out and replacement? Yikes, it’s expensive and it sure seems like a waste in the landfills. An alternative is an overlay. This thin layer of new concrete is a great way to have a new pallet to work with. Now, you can’t just skim a new layer of concrete over the old messed up slab…you do need to do some repairs and even prepare the substrate properly. Skipping this critical step will be the cause of an overlay delamination and failure.
There are a variety of overlays to choose from for your driveway and walkways to increase your curb appeal and add value to your home:
The cement-based microtoppings such as SS Spray Base can be used outdoors to provide a clean canvas for decorative treatments, such as Sedona Acid Stains, dyes and stenciled patterns. Iron oxide pigments can be added which provide a range of colors, while others can be custom tinted by mixing in the desired amount of liquid coloring agent. Interesting color variations can be achieved by applying layers of different hues.
Spray Knock-down Toppings
Versatile and easy to apply, spray-knock down concrete systems offer a wide array of finish options all of which add tremendous curb appeal. Usually they are sprayed evenly onto concrete with a hopper gun, but they can also be applied as a splatter coat to create a textured, slip-resistant surface or “knocked down” with a trowel to create a smoother finish. They are very similar to microtoppings in that they are thin, but differ in that they usually contain more sand and provide a rougher, grittier finish.
Stamped Concrete Overlays
A stamped overlay offers all the aesthetic benefits of conventional stamped concrete but is applied over existing concrete. Stamped concrete overlays allow you to duplicate the beauty and texture of natural stone, brick, slate, wood, and other materials without having to replace your concrete.
Need ideas? Need Help?
You can see from the different systems that you can do A LOT to improve your outdoor curb appeal. We really encourage you to stop by The Stamp Store and take a look at our 30,000 square feet of all types of decorative concrete. Our knowledgeable staff can help sort out the details and answer your questions. We even have a helpful list of contractors that can come out and do the actual work. Often times, they even have great ideas and suggestions as well.