This project is the resurfacing of a concrete kitchen floor in Farmington Hills. At left is the paper backing from the vinyl tile that was removed, and the black, cutback adhesive beneath it. On the right is the bare concrete after grinding. There is a large patch and long crack left from the removal of an old gas line.
We repaired the crack, leveled the existing patch, and then applied a "crack isolation membrane" - the white material above left - so any movement in this area would not reflect through to the top of the resurfaced floor. At right is the gray cement overlay we used to resurface the floor and cover those repairs.
Here is the floor after installing two more thin layers of gray cement and then sanding it smooth. Above left, you can see the "accenting" that appears from the trowel marks in the cement. The photo above right shows the finished overlay after applying two coats of clear, water-based epoxy.
The above (and below) two photos show before and after from another perspective. This decorative concrete "finish" was not acid-stained or dyed, like most cement overlays. The 3 thin layers of cement were simply mixed with slightly different tones of gray and then overlaid upon each other.
The entire cement overlay is no more than 3/16" thick. But it is extremely durable, because of the polymer in the cement overlay product, and made even more so by the hard epoxy finish. The simple gray color of the overlay was chosen to complement the new granite countertops and maintain a "natural look".