Concrete Floor Resurfacing

There’s just something serene and calming about life in the country. The air’s cleaner, birds sing just a bit louder, and the sunsets seem brighter and more vivid. Or perhaps it’s just that those who enjoy a peaceful life in the country take more time to stop and smell the roses.

trowel down overlay on front porch

Like many country folk, the owners of this Prosper, TX home are keenly attuned to these small details. That’s why they decided that something needed to be done to enhance their plain-jane concrete patio – it simply lacked the charm, style, and appeal of the rest of their home.

brown trowel down on front porch with stone columns

They asked us to create a patio that would inspire them and complement the rest of their house. We quickly came up with a plan that would not only make the patio a beautiful focal point, but that also would stand up to all that Mother Nature and a busy family can dish out – rain, snow, heat, cold, bicycles, basketballs, foot traffic, and of course, their dogs, all five of them. 

One of the most durable options we offer is known as a trowel-down overlay. Popular for driveways, patios, walkways, and other high-traffic areas, the trowel-down floor resurfacing method creates a beautiful, durable, textured surface by layering a tough cement based material (overlay) over the existing surface.

front porch with trowel down with sitting chair

First, the guys used steel trowels to spread the tinted overlay material onto the patio. No one was sad to see the ugly gray cement go! Next, they enhanced its appearance by scoring or cutting the overlay into an individual stones pattern using a hand held grinder. 

While the purpose of some floor resurfacing techniques is to create a seamless and uniform surface, the point of this trowel down method was to mirror what one would normally see in nature – stones of various shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. The beauty of this technique is that it creates a truly custom, one-of-a-kind floor.

Once the guys had finished scoring out each stone, they were finally ready for the custom part of the project – staining the floor resurfacing material. 

We sprayed two coats of a water based stain to the entire area to give it a nice brown tone and followed that up with randomly applied darker highlights. 

Next came the most labor intensive part of the job, filling in the spaces between the stones with a dark brown grout that gives the pattern a little more definition, it’s not a step we often do but it does give it some distinction. 

We wrapped it all up with two coats of a protective solvent based sealer. The homeowners were thrilled with the results, and look forward to enjoying years and years of sunsets on their new, built-to-last patio.

alternate view of trowel down overlay on front porch
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