How Does a Micro Coating Differ from a Traditional Concrete Overlay?

Micro Coating applied to old concrete

Micro Coating applied to old concrete

As someone who has never had decorative concrete applied, you probably have a ton of questions. Although other people have told you about the incredible benefits of coatings, finishes, and overlays, you need more information to make a well-informed decision. Perhaps the one question people ask most often is how a micro coating differs from a traditional concrete overlay.

The easiest way to explain the differences between the two is by providing basic information.

Micro Coating

A micro coating, also called a micro topping, is a type of acrylic spray texture that falls in the decorative concrete overlay category. Using a product like SunSplash, an expert installer can achieve almost any look you want. Once applied, you end up with a durable, attractive, and easy-to-maintain coating. Available in a broad range of colors, you have almost endless possibilities.

The primary difference between a micro coating and traditional concrete overlay is the thickness. As the name implies, this coating goes on much thinner but without compromising on appearance or quality. After sealing the surface, your concrete will look incredible and last for many years to come.

Decorative Concrete Overlay

A professional applies a traditional overlay to an existing concrete surface, which eliminates the need to have an entire slab ripped out and reinstalled. For this, you can have a product applied to a driveway, walkway, porch, pool deck, patio, floor, or various other concrete surfaces indoors and outdoors. In this category are multiple options, which include stamping, an acrylic spray texture micro coating, and even a hand-troweled solution performed by an artisan.

Like a micro coating, a decorative concrete overlay is a perfect way to transform both the appearance and functionality of horizontal and vertical surfaces. You can select from a broad range of colors, textures, and patterns, as well as having aggregates added. Depending on the overlay, the installer can customize the look using custom score lines, masonry effects, and more.