- May 26, 2023
- Greg Casey
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The Process and Benefits Of Coating Your Outdoor Concrete
Refresh Your Austin, Texas, Home With an Outdoor Concrete Coating
What Is Outdoor Concrete Coating?
Making Your Outdoor Austin Space Beautiful
Outdoor concrete coatings can help Austin homeowners refresh their outdoor spaces just in time for summer. The coating process is quick and easy, and the added durability will bring personality to your home for years to come. At Casey Custom Decorative Concrete, you have two options when it comes to coatings built to withstand Austin’s outdoor environment: Polyurea and Polyaspartic.
Outdoor concrete coatings like our polyurea/polyurea system can refresh your outdoor space and can improve the look of your concrete surfaces with the added benefit of functional durability. When it comes to outdoor concrete coating application, the process is simple. Coatings are applied to the surface of the concrete to give it color and pattern. So whether you’re camouflaging imperfections or customizing your patio to relax outside, a custom coating job from Casey Custom will add long-lasting personality to your home without breaking the bank.
Long-Lasting Benefits Of Outdoor Concrete Coatings
Transforming Your Space For Years
If you need a lasting outdoor concrete refresh, a concrete coating is a great option. An outdoor concrete coating can improve the look of your outdoor space by helping to cover imperfections and allowing you to customize your Austin home quickly.
Here are the benefits of adding a beautiful concrete coat to your outdoor area:
Increases Curb Appeal
Outdoor concrete coatings can increase your home’s curb appeal. With a wide variety of colors, finishes, and materials available for use, you can add aesthetic appeal and beauty to even your dingiest patios. It can increase your home’s value and add beauty to the overall appearance of your home.
Not only does it look good, but outdoor concrete coating penetrates your concrete’s surface, which creates a long-lasting, durable surface. Tiny pores within your concrete’s surface are sealed through the coating process, preventing the elements from entering deeper into your concrete and causing damage.
Advanced coatings can also protect your patio or outdoor space from the elements and other abrasions, including sun and water damage, as well as everyday wear and tear. Once sealed, your concrete will have a stronger surface to repel materials and moisture away from its cracks and pores.
Easy To Clean
An uncoated concrete floor contains cracks and pores where dirt and other materials can build up, making cleaning difficult. A seamless, coated concrete surface prevents the buildup of dust, mold, dirt, and any other materials from getting trapped. When applied correctly, an outdoor concrete coating allows you to clean and maintain your outdoor oasis easily. The smooth surface will enable you to clean and sweep the area to repel dirt, leaves, and other outdoor elements, keeping your patio beautiful for years to come.
One of the biggest benefits of concrete coating is the versatility of design. Upgrading your gray concrete to something that suits your vision can allow you to feel more comfortable and proud of your home. Adding color or a new finish to your outdoor concrete can also make your patio space feel more luxurious and customized. You can even customize it with safety additions. This way, you and your family can safely enjoy your outdoor space, knowing that your concrete looks exactly how you envisioned it.
When considering the most cost-effective way to refresh your outdoor space, coated concrete is more affordable than other options like a full redesign. Depending on the complexity of the design and supplies, coating your outdoor concrete space is often cheaper than other surfacing options, such as tiles or stone. When you want an upgraded look to your outdoor space without the hassle of a hefty price tag or extensive work, concrete coatings can be a more affordable way to achieve a luxurious look – especially when you choose a coating that has the right look and feel for you and your needs.
Types Of Outdoor Concrete Coating
Polyurea and Polyaspartic Floor Coatings
The added benefits of your outdoor concrete coating often depend on the type of coating you choose. The best outdoor concrete coating options available to you at Casey Custom are our two most advanced coating types: Polyurea and Polyaspartic. Both outdoor concrete coating options will have a similar process to apply and seal. While either one can coat your outdoor concrete to your preferences, which one you use depends on your needs.
Below we explain the key differences so you can choose which coating option best suits you and your family’s needs. For a more detailed look at the qualities of these two advanced coating options in comparison to others on the market, check out our comprehensive article comparing and contrasting Epoxy vs Polyurea/Polyaspartic coatings in Austin, TX.
Polyurea is a type of thermal-set plastic applied as a liquid to your concrete. It can cure into a solid film and is often used as a protective coating for concrete due to its high resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and extreme temperatures. Polyurea coating is an excellent option for Texas homeowners wanting to protect their concrete from sun and weather damage.
With a wide range of pigments available, polyurea coatings are an attractive option for decorative concrete applications. In addition, the fast cure time for polyurea coatings means that your coating is typically done within 1-2 hours.
Polyaspartic coating is a type of decorative concrete coating made from a polyurea hybrid. Applied as a two-coat system, polyaspartic concrete coating is ideal for busy homes and business owners and is available in a wide range of colors and finishes.
If you want to refresh your outdoor concrete space in Austin, Texas, polyaspartic is an excellent option as it provides durability against abrasion, chemicals, UV light, and extreme temperatures. In addition, the easy application and quick cure time mean that once your coating is applied, it won’t be long before you can return to using your outdoor space again. Typically, your polyaspartic coating will be finished in just 2-4 hours of cure time.
The Process Of Coating Outdoor Concrete
Steps To Achieving A Beautiful Outdoor Space
Outdoor concrete coatings can easily change the look of your patio. Once you choose the coating that best fits your aesthetic and durability needs, it’ll be time for application.
Here are the steps your factory-trained and certified team will take to achieve the beautiful finish of coated concrete:
Step One: Prepare the surface
Surface preparation is critical to allowing the polyurea or polyaspartic coatings to penetrate your concrete’s surface. Diamond grinding is a part of the preparation process, followed by a HEPA vacuum system for a dust-free surface. Contaminants in the concrete are a significant concern in the concrete coating process. Substances such as oil, grease, and other chemicals can lead to future bonding issues, so it is crucial to ensure that the preparation step is not skipped.
Step Two: Test Moisture Level
Testing the floor for internal relative humidity will ensure that your concrete is adequately prepared for a coating. High moisture can debond the concrete coating, so it is important to be aware of the amount of moisture in your concrete before you decide to coat it. In addition, since your new polyurea/polyaspartic coating will be able to stand up against harsh weather, UV light, and more, it is important to ensure that moisture is kept out before you cover your concrete area to ensure maximum functionality for your coating.
Step Three: Repair Surface Defects
The next step in your concrete coating process should be to repair any and all cracks in your concrete. Filling cracks with sand and then wetting them with polyurea can take 20 minutes but make a huge difference. Not only will it look better, but you will also have stronger concrete. Concrete coatings are meant to give your concrete a high-functioning refresh, so filling cracks and damage before coating your concrete will ensure maximum aesthetic appeal and durability.
Step Four: Mix And Prime
Now that your concrete surface is prepped, it is time to apply the base layer and any optional flakes you may want to be added to your customized design. Polyaspartics will need to be mixed as it is a hybrid of materials. After mixing, it is time to apply the coating to the concrete. The bonding of the coating to the concrete comes from two things, the surface profile and the ability to flow into the substrate.
Step Five: Apply Subsequent Coat(s)
Once the primer coat has dried, the second coat and subsequent coats are laid down. This will include any additions, such as chips or flakes, to give your concrete a fully customized look. For color applications, these first two coats will also incorporate a color of your choosing. These coats and design choices will protect your concrete from any wear and tear while allowing you to fully customize the look of your outdoor space.
Step Six: Top Coat And Clean Up
For the final step, loose flakes and chips will be gathered, and the topcoat will be poured onto your concrete surface. The top coat will always be clear and allow your concrete coating to stay polished and functional. Typically, your floor will be finished in less than 24 hours after installation. Casey Custom also includes Shark Bite in our topcoat, which can help with grip and safety to prevent slipping around on your new concrete-coated floors. All that is left to do at this point is to enjoy your fully customized, brand-new concrete-coated floors.
Refresh Your Outdoor Concrete This Summer
How Casey Custom Can Help
Outdoor concrete coatings are an excellent way to give your outdoor areas the refresh you’ve been looking for. Austin is filled with homeowners who love the outdoors. Creating the perfect outdoor oasis with coated concrete can ensure your patio is aesthetically pleasing and safe from the elements all summer.
Casey Custom offers a wide range of services to meet your needs and budget for any concrete coating project you are ready to take on. With years of concrete service in the area, we have always been Austin homeowners’ go-to reliable concrete experts. Our business is family owned and operated, so we understand the concrete needs of Austin homeowners. We offer a full return on services 24 hours after installation and a 15-year manufactured-backed warranty with all of our concrete coatings.
Our team of experts can help you with any of your concrete solutions, indoor or outdoor, and we’re here to answer any of your questions about your concrete coating project. Call today to learn more!