Are you in need of masonry repair but are concerned about how the area will look when the project is complete? When you make repairs to one area, the surrounding areas may look aged and in need of work. Instead of living with the mismatched finish, there are some things that you can do to make it look more uniform when completed. Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help.
Having the entire area cleaned can help to remove some of the grime that's built up in the porous finish of the existing masonry. If the area is slightly dirty, you may be able to get it nice and clean using nothing more than a pressure washer with a masonry cleaning tip. If the area is very dirty, you'd do well to apply a masonry cleaning product to the surface before you pressure wash it. The cleaning solution will soak into the masonry work and kill the mold, mildew, algae and other things causing the masonry to look discolored and old.
Note: Cleaning the masonry when the repairs are made will also help to expose any areas that may need repaired that weren't easily visible when everything was caked with dirt and debris. This can help to eliminate the need for repairs in the very near future.
If you're having cracks repaired in concrete, or need to level out an area of concrete, you are probably trying to avoid those repairs looking obvious. Well, there are concrete finishing techniques that will either blend the repairs in or cover them up altogether.
Leveling concrete is pretty easy when you use self-leveling concrete. This product only requires a thin coat of the mix to be spread over the entire concrete surface. As it hardens, it levels out leaving the entire surface as level as possible.
Stamping and staining are also options. Concrete stamping is the process of applying a thin coat of concrete and using stamps to create decorative impressions in the finish. Staining can be done with either water-based or acid-based concrete stains. You can change the color of the surface or use multiple colors to hide the blemishes and repairs in the concrete.
Contact a masonry repair service, like A-1 Rooftop Chimney Sweep, to learn what else you can do to camouflage the repairs that need to be made. You may be surprised at how easily you'll be able to renew the space without breaking your budget.