How to Decide Between Concrete Floor Replacement vs. Overlay Options

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

When your commercial concrete flooring requires attention, you have several options to restore them. You can invest in repairs, grind your floors down via concrete polishing, install overlay options, or replace them altogether. As if there weren’t enough options already, you also have plenty of options within each of these categories! But let’s say you’ve narrowed your decision down to concrete floor replacement vs. overlay options. Let’s discuss how you can make the right decision for your floors and your business.

How Deep is the Damage?

When deciding between replacement or concrete floor resurfacing, you must first determine the severity of the damage. Concrete floors are durable, but they can fracture and shift as the earth moves and/or when moisture builds up underneath. When the damage is deeply rooted in this way, resurfacing the floor is akin to placing a band-aid on a serious wound. In many cases, repairs won’t even do the trick and a complete replacement is required.

On the other hand, surface-level damage such as cracking or peeling is much easier to repair and/or resurface. Keep in mind, though, that this seemingly minor damage might indicate a deeper problem. If not, you might decide to go with an overlay option, such as a self-levelling or stamped concrete overlay.

Aesthetic Concerns

Depending on the nature of your business, you may or may not be concerned with how your concrete looks. In an industrial setting, for instance, you care more about the strength and durability of your concrete floors than their appearance. However, many businesses, from breweries to hotels, want to impress their guests with beautiful concrete floors. If this is the case, you can make your floors truly stand out with various overlay options.

Stamped concrete, for instance, can mimic the appearance of slate tiles, while multipurpose overlays can be formed into different shapes, designs, and textures. Microtopping overlays add a bit of visual texture to your floors, kind of like marble. With some color washing and an additional coat of sealer, your concrete floors will shine and look beyond brand new.

Cost Considerations

Whether you decide to invest in new commercial flooring installation or resurfacing, it will cost you. However, each process involves different materials, equipment, and knowledge, so one may cost more or less than the other. You have to consider the cost of material per square foot, the cost of labor, and then factor these into your business’ budget and needs. Replacing your concrete floors may cost you more than having them resurfaced, but it may be worth the investment if your floors are getting on in years and/or severely damaged.

On the other hand, even if all you need is some commercial concrete repair, it might be smart to invest in overlay options to complete the job, especially if your business is public-facing. So, do your research, crunch some numbers, and think about the long-term payoff of replacement and/or overlay for your business.

Lastly, work with a team of commercial flooring professionals like the ones at Painters USA who can help you decide between concrete floor replacement vs. overlay options and give you a fair estimate for each. To learn more about our company and all the services we offer in Chicago, IL and elsewhere, contact us at 1-844-441-7334