Loss of color over a period of time in decorative concrete surfaces is not unusual, especially in outdoor areas where the concrete is exposed to the elements. Color may fade in high traffic areas, from weather conditions, or from the sealant wearing off. The good news is that this is a rather inexpensive, easily fixable issue without the time consuming, high cost of concrete recoloring.
There are several products on the market that will enable you to freshen up the appearance of your concrete surfaces, completely change the look and color, or cover any unsightly areas. For older surfaces that may have developed stains or worn-looking spots, an opaque color is often the best choice. Like paint, it will cover any problem areas and give an overall single color. It also covers any spots that may have needed repair, giving a smooth, even finish. Many prefer a staining method. These stains are more translucent, allowing a richer, more natural look. Also, with stains, ‘antiquing’ will give a unique, beautiful finish to the concrete surface. Before deciding which method to use to refurbish your concrete, a thorough cleaning and inspection should be done, being sure to remove any remaining sealant. This will help determine the best way to achieve the look you want. The experienced concrete colorist will help you decide which method is best for your particular situation.
Professionals who specialize in recoloring your concrete use the highest quality materials and procedures to assure satisfaction with the finished look. Stains can be applied with a brush or roller, or for larger areas, a good quality sprayer is best; the contractor you choose has all the right equipment and the knowledge and experience to use it properly. Having experienced personnel with the best materials and equipment means the job can usually be completed in a matter of hours instead of days, allowing you to relax and enjoy the beautiful new look much sooner and for many years to come. So, the next time you think your concrete is beginning to look a bit faded or worn, don’t replace it. Recolor it!