A decorative concrete overlay is just that… a highly durable thinset layer of hybrid polymer concrete that overlays an existing patio, floor, foyer, driveway, sidewalk or any other type of existing concrete.
Stamped concrete is a completely new pour of concrete where a pattern is stamped into the concrete. Stamped concrete on a new concrete pour has the advantage of being one piece, where a concrete overlay tries to bond two pieces together.
Both types of decorative finishes have an advantage over the other. They also have their disadvantages as well.
For decorative overlays, the process is much quicker. It replaces the need where Harmon Concrete would traditionally take out the existing dirt or sod. On the other hand, finding a concrete company that uses the highest quality materials is of the utmost importance. Let’s face it, if the decorative concrete overlay doesn’t stick to your concrete driveway, concrete sidewalk, concrete patio or anything else for that matter, then it really didn’t do the job for which it was intended.
When considering a concrete overlay vs removing and installing a new decorative concrete driveway, decorative concrete sidewalk, decorative concrete patio or even decorative concrete steps, you should be aware that an overlay will only be as good as the concrete it sits on. If your concrete has very many wide cracks or is crumbling in certain areas, you can rest assured that if your concrete contractor doesn’t know what he’s doing, it’s simply going to show through the final product.
The other thing to consider is price. Traditionally, decorative concrete overlays can be considerably more expensive than stamped concrete. Why? Because the materials are almost double the price.
Before considering one type over the other, be sure to give Harmon Concrete a call. For your added convenience, we provide an online bid request form. Fill out a simple form for the day and time most convenient to you and we’ll show up and provide a free estimate. It’s as simple as that! We want to be your concrete company for Northwest Arkansas.
Harmon Concrete is the premier concrete company for all of Northwest Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Missouri. Harmon Concrete has been staining concrete for both the residential and commercial customer since 1985. If you would like to receive a free estimate for staining your concrete floor, be sure to give us a call at (479) 270-5000 or (800) 680-6395.
As an added convenience, we also have an online bid request form. Simply fill out a small form, enter the date and time most convenient for you and click submit. Harmon Concrete will show up at your requested time and give you a 100% free estimate.