Concrete Overlay Cost

Thank you for visiting our concrete overlay cost page. We will go over some available options for SKIM COAT OVERLAY and TROWEL DOWN OVERLAY for exterior floors and their pricing for projects in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex.

skim coat overlay on back patio

First, let’s make sure you are using the right estimator for your project, below the estimator is a quick primer on skim coat and trowel down overlays.

skim coat on patio with flower pot

A skim coat overlay is great for exterior floors such as patios, sidewalks, driveways, and porches that may need some minor repair or if you are trying to “tie in” newer and older concrete that looks different. 

A skim coat overlay resurfaces your existing concrete with a flat, thin layer of new concrete and this fills in and covers up small cracks, holes, scratches, stains, and other minor imperfections. The new coat follows the contours of your existing flooring creating a new, relatively flat surface.

bbq pit next to skim coat overlay

A trowel down overlay is very similar to that of a skim coat with one key difference, once we put the trowel down material on the floor we “hand whip it” to create a beautiful, stone-like texture as you can see in the pictures below.

multicolored trowel down overlay on back patio

What options can affect a concrete overlay cost? First is the size of the project. The larger it is the lower the cost per square foot. 

Next is whether there is anything on the floor that has to be removed before we start the overlay process. This can include paint, sealer, tile, etc.; anything that might prevent the skim coat material from bonding tightly to the concrete needs to be removed. 

Another factor to consider is whether the existing concrete floor has an exposed aggregate finish (one with the stones visible and sticking out of the surface). If it does then it will take more material to fill in the space between stones and that will affect the concrete overlay cost. 

What about cracks? If there are visible cracks then we need to fill them in before applying the overlay so that there is a reduced possibility they will reappear.

multicolored trowel down overlay on back patio

The next two choices are mostly cosmetic. If you would like, we can score (cut) the overlay into a diamond or tile or stone pattern to dress the area up. We can even fill those scored lines with grout so that they are also level with the floor instead of being slightly below it. 

Additionally we can stain the overlay to create more variegation in the color of the floor. Even though our skim coats always have color mixed in with them staining will create even more color variations throughout.

Made up your mind? Follow this link to the online SKIM COAT OVERLAY ESTIMATOR or the TROWEL DOWN ESTIMATOR

We hope this concrete overlay cost primer has helped in your decision making process, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a quote. We service the entire Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex area.

multicolored trowel down overlay on back patio