Those who are tired of how a plain concrete driveway looks may choose to use concrete overlays. The overlay is a cement-based material that will be applied over your concrete driveway. There are many options for concrete overlays. The popular ones are coloring, stamping and engraving.
You have a lot of options in terms of color. This technique can be used whether you want earthly colors or the vibrant ones. All colors are basically available. However, some suppliers may have a limited color palette so make sure to shop around.
What’s good about colored overlays is that it does not matter whether your driveway is new or old. However, it is important that the concrete used is consistent. Variations on the type or brand of cement or even the ratio of water and cement may affect the concrete’s absorption of color. It is also an affordable option for a concrete driveway’s overlay.
Contractors also use the stamping technique for concrete driveways. It can be used to mimic bricks or slates. Companies are usually flexible in terms of the patterns. There are also many options for the color. The options on thickness range from ¼ to ¾ inch.
Stamping can be used for exterior or interior walls. It may be used for old and new concrete driveways but not on one that’s severely damaged (i.e. with cracks). This overlay is just right for driveways because it is durable.
Engraving is another option for concrete overlays. With this technique, your driveway will be stained before a pattern is engraved. The lines would retain the color of concrete. Sealers would then be applied.
It can also be used for old and new concrete driveways but repairs must be done if there are cracks. For new concrete driveways, you must wait three to four weeks before doing engraving.