Concrete Skim Coat
You break, we fix! Just kidding! Actually, this concrete skim coat project in Southlake, TX got started as the result of a contractor leaving a poor finish on the concrete pool deck. The surface was pockmarked and uneven, water was pooling (no pun intended) in spots, and the concrete had two different colors. As it was a brand new pool deck, the homeowner was not too happy with how it looked and called us to see if we could help. One look at it and we knew right away that a simple concrete skim coat would solve their problems.
A concrete skim coat is ideal for resolving minor concrete slab issues for a very economical price, especially when compared to tearing it out and repouring it. Some of the common problems we are asked to resolve are color variations, unevenness, pitting, hairline cracking, and staining (usually from Mother Nature). What it can’t do is repair major issues such as wide cracks or concrete that has been “heaved”, i.e., lifted up or dropped down by tree roots or ground swelling.
So just what is a concrete skim coat? It is a thin layer of a polymer enhanced cement that we skim over your existing concrete slab. By that we mean it is cement that has a special glue mixed in with it that allows it to stick on to concrete in a thin layer. Without the glue, the thin concrete coat would just peel right off. This thin layer of concrete, often called an overlay (as we are laying it over your concrete floor), allows us to correct minor issues such as leveling; it fills in holes and pits, covers cracks, and buries stains under a new layer of concrete. It’s tough—strong enough for use in many exterior applications such as driveways, sidewalks, porches, patios, and pool decks.
Finally, a skim coat can be scored (cut) into a tile or stone pattern or intentionally stained to create a wide assortment of colors. Skim coats are by nature relatively flat with a somewhat grainy texture and generally follow the natural contours of your slab. In the following projects, we will go into more detail about the many available options that a concrete skim coat can offer. As to this Southlake project, we applied the skim coat and stained it a light brown color. It was just what they wanted.