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- Reducing Bond Failures Caused by Moisture-Vapor Transmission
- Don't Let Water Vapor Delaminate Your Overlay: How to seal concrete before an overlay
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- Answers to Common Questions About Concrete Overlays: Advice from expert Chris Sullivan
- How to Add Color to Concrete Overlays
- How to Protect and Maintain Resurfaced Concrete
- Overlay Tools: Seven essential tools for concrete resurfacing
- Related Information
- Concrete Overlay Videos, with Bob Harris
- Decorative Concrete Overlays: A primer of the various overlay types and the decorative possibilities with each
- Vertical Concrete Overlays: Lightweight cement-based overlays mimic stone, brick, and other wall textures
Resurfacing Concrete WalkwaysInformation and design ideas for resurfacing existing sidewalks
Concrete sidewalks come in a close second to concrete driveways in the amount of traffic they receive. And just like driveways, they are often treated with deicing salts in the winter. All that wear and tear and chemical abuse can take a toll on the appearance of concrete walkways by causing abrasion, spalling, stains and freeze-thaw damage.
The good news is that if the damage is superficial, as is often the case, it’s possible to restore and upgrade the appearance of your concrete walkway rather than go through the expense and hassle of replacing it. Resurfacing with a cement-based overlay or microtopping is a cost-effective option for adding a decorative touch to an existing concrete walkway while covering up minor flaws and discoloration. After the overlay is applied to the existing concrete, it can then be stamped, stained, stenciled or engraved to add color or simulate the look of brick, stone, tile or slate.
Before beginning a concrete walkway resurfacing project, be sure to consult a professional to determine if your concrete can be resurfaced successfully. If the concrete slab is settling or is badly cracked, resurfacing may not be a viable option.
Best Coatings for Resurfacing a Walkway
Popular resurfacing products for walkways and sidewalks include:
Make sure the coating you pick for your walkway is durable, UV-resistant and has good traction. In some cases, resurfacing may not be the only option. See more ways to make a concrete walkway look better.
Concrete Walkway Resurfacing Projects
This concrete walkway and steps were transformed with a colored and patterned overlay. Faux grout lines were created by taping off the flagstone pattern before the overlay was applied.
A polymer overlay with a hand-taped stone pattern and brick border gave this existing concrete entryway new life.
This concrete walkway was rejuvenated with a concrete overlay stamped in a seamless Italian Slate pattern and hand painted with water-based antiquing stains.
To replicate the look of inlaid slate, this concrete sidewalk was covered with a gray-colored cement overlay to create the look of a grout base. The slate pattern was delineated with duct tape, and then an acrylic cement topping was applied and hand painted to create a marbling effect.