Concrete resurfacing is easy, inexpensive, and becoming a popular decorating option to improve the look and functionality of old, stained, pitted or worn concrete surfaces. Most types of concrete can be resurfaced to look like brand new again, including driveways, walkways, pool areas, and even patios.
There are quite a few types of concrete resurfacing available on the marketplace. Many times a homeowner simply wants to fix cracked or broken pieces of their driveway or side walk. Freezing and thawing cycles for example can cause concrete to expand and contract thereby leaving it susceptible to cracking. Other possible issues include oil, or rust stains caused by cars or water runoffs. The staining can accumulate over many years and basically become impenetrable without a complete resurfacing effort.
Sometimes instead of a functional fix, home owners want to add a decorative flare to their drab slab patio or walk. This involves resurfacing the concrete with special mixtures and stamping patterns into it. Some pattern stamping can be made to look like laid stone, brick, cobblestone, and other neat patterns. Once stamped, painted, and sealed, the finished look can fool the most discerning eye into thinking an area is actually real stone or bricking.
One caution about doing the decorative concrete work. You may have to first repair and resurface your concrete areas due to earlier mentioned freeze and thaw cycles causing damage. The stamping and painting won't do much good if within a few months it all cracks and breaks apart because it wasn't properly repaired first.
Now for the big question, can you do this work yourself? The short answer is yes. But I'll caution you now that concrete work is one of the most daunting and "work intensive" jobs around your home. Most people realize their limitations and will hire specialists to do the concrete resurfacing for them. But if you are adventorous and do your homework, it can be done. As is true with most home improvement projects, the more you do yourself, the better your chance of success.
Watch this short video on preparing your concrete for repair: Concrete Cracks & Resurfacing
Hopefully this was helpful and I sincerely hope that you consider looking at the many options and information available online to help you with your DIY projects.