Whether new pours or existing ones, scoring is a terrific technique that will instantly update the look of concrete surfaces. Basically, scoring concrete is the process of making permanent shallow etches or ridges in a concrete foundation. These markings can be custom and artistic, or standard and geometric, and they give concrete surfaces the look of tile or pavers. This is a cost-effective alternative to these higher end materials. Not only are higher end materials more expensive, they are more of a challenge to clean and maintain, and they take much longer to install. Scored concrete is a fantastic solution to enhancing the look of concrete on a budget.
Continue reading to learn how it’s done and where to get the best supplies for your construction project.
Scored Concrete Staining
To further enhance the look of scored concrete, many property owners choose to also stain, color, or wet sand the surface. If you already dry-sanded the concrete, and it has a cement cream finish, it would be easier to manually wet sand with 320 or 400 grit silicon-carbide wet/dry sandpaper. These are quick and easy enhancements that can drastically change the look of concrete. They can also be customized into various colors, styles, and faux textures.
Tools Used for Scoring Concrete
Although numerous tools and equipment can be used to score concrete, the most common include power saws, grinders, diamond plated blades, and chisels. Chiseling is primarily used to achieve a more rustic and weathered look, whereas diamond cutting will render smooth, precise lines. See our blog, “The Sanding Applications of Angle Grinders” to learn more.
One of the most revered benefits of scored concrete is the lack of invasive construction. There is no need to tear out the slab of concrete, mix together a solution, re-pour, and cure. Instead, the surface of the existing concrete is altered to give it a brand new appearance without all the demolition. This is also very environmentally-friendly! And as for maintenance, occasional sweeping and sealing is all it needs.
Where to Find Quality Abrasives
Call Sandpaper America at 1-800-860-7263 for information about coated abrasives and sanding products. We offer a large online inventory of high-quality sandpaper and sanding products at the most competitive prices online! We manufacture our products in-house, so you can trust they are high-quality and shipped nationally. Call 1-800-860-SAND to place an order, today.