Why Use Concrete Overlays & Decorative Concrete?

Concrete is the most widely-used traffic surface in the world. For centuries, plain gray concrete was accepted as a finished exterior surface, and interior concrete was covered with tile, linoleum, wood, carpet, and paint.

Concrete overlays have existed for many decades, but the past two decades in particular have led to advancements in polymer emulsion composition and blends that create permanent coatings when mixed with the correct ratios of white cement, various silica quartz aggregates, and other components. These coatings are generally installed from 1/16" to 3/8" thick, with even greater thicknesses achieved for some applications. Read about our different finishes and observe photos of each type....

 


 

Thin-Stamped Overlays & Decorative Concrete
(the primary product used is WestCoat System's "Stamp It")

Thin-stamped overlays are one of the most popular uses of our polymer cement products. Until now, to obtain the look and feel of stone, slate, and various tiles in a concrete surface, you needed to pour a new concrete slab and then stamp the freshly-poured concrete with embossing tools. Although this may be the ideal application for new concrete, thin-stamped overlays are the answer for existing concrete surfaces. Imagine being able to apply a 1/4" to 3/8" layer of polymer cement over an existing concrete surface, then stamping the thin-layered polymer cement material to give a permanent and realistic look of stone, slate, and tile. With decreased costs, but increased versatility, Complete Concrete's thin-stamped overlays give you more for your concrete floor.

thin stamped overlays


 

Splatter Textures & Knock-Down Finishes:
(the primary product used is WestCoat's  "TextureCrete")

Splatter textures and knock-down finishes have traditional decorative resurfacing designs and textures. Splatter textures and knock-down finishes are typically applied with an air-powered hopper gun and are commonly used for pool decks, driveways, patios, etc. These applications give your property added beauty, slip-resistance, and durability. Splatter textures and knock-down finishes are slightly less authentic-looking than thin-stamped overlays, but have more texture to provide better non-slip surfaces.
splatter texture and knock-down finish decorative coatings



Custom Interior Flooring:
(The primary product used is WestCoat's "TextureCrete")

Custom interior flooring applications include extremely smooth or moderately-textured finishes in virtually limitless color and design combinations. Commercial-grade sealer systems may be required to ensure high-traffic wearability. Custom interior flooring applications are widely used in casinos, shopping malls, offices, hotel lobbies, retail stores, residential floors, and anywhere in place of conventional tile, terrazzo, quarry, etc.

custom interior flooring


 

Trowel-Down Slate Finishes:

Trowel-down slate finishes are alternatives to thin-stamped overlays, but lack the authenticity and overall depth. However, trowel-down slate finishes create a textured, decorative finish that rivals the look of conventional slate at a fraction of the cost.

trowel-down slate finishes



Concrete Repair Resurfacing:

Concrete repair resurfacing is used to repair, restore, and resurface pitted, flaked, deteriorated, or poorly-finished concrete that you would otherwise need to remove and replace. Normal applications are applied 1/32" to 1/4" thick, with thicker applications being applied if needed. Finished applications look as if new concrete were poured, yet offer increased levels of performance. Concrete repair resurfacing is resistant to chemicals, salt, petrochemicals, UV, water, and more. Because of the inexpensive cost of this application, it is becoming the standard for surface repair.

These pictures demonstrate the repaired concrete next to the pitted/flaked piece ("before & after")

concrete repair

concrete resurfacing

decorative concrete coatings