Cement Overlays

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Cement Overlays

Transforming Concrete Floors


Cement overlays are applied to old concrete surfaces to enhance the look and performance of indoor and outdoor concrete alike. Overlays can be applied to concrete to fix pitting, uneven surfaces and make an old concrete floor look new again without demolition.


In November of 2009, I was hired to complete a stained concrete floor in Lima, OH. The floor was in pretty good shape; it was fairly new, it had no cracks and the surface was even. The one problem was the floor contained black marks from an improper finishing technique when the floor was poured 4 years prior. Since concrete stains are transparent, the marks would have easily shown through and created an unsatisfactory finish. A white concrete overlay was applied to the surface to cover up the errors in the existing floor and create a new canvas for staining. The overlay was able to be applied at only a thickness of 3/32’. After the overlay was applied, the floor was stained with a mixture of two colors and sealed to protect the concrete.


The overlays I use have a higher strength than regular concrete, excellent bonding characteristics and dry quickly. My business, Nick Dancer Concrete, focuses mostly on interior projects, so I use a special type of overlay that performs great inside. The overlay transforms old worn concrete to look brand new and is perfect when working with stains or other concrete coloring agents.


Overlays are a great way to enhance the look of your concrete but should always be applied by an experienced contractor. Overlays usually need to be applied quickly and a thorough knowledge of the product and application are needed for a successful installation. Although the project might look great when first completed, an improper procedure applying the overlay can be seen within a couple of years. Some of the mistakes I have seen with an overlay being applied by an inexperienced contractor or the do-it-yourself homeowner are below.


-Do not properly mix the material to the manufactures specifications

-Do not properly clean and prepare the existing concrete surface

-Do not complete the proper moisture testing

-Do not apply the proper sealer to protect the overlay

-Do not attend a manufactures training seminar; which details the limitations of the product


Nick Dancer

Owner, Nick Dancer Concrete LLC

Fort Wayne, IN

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