Do you want to sell your house and are you wondering what to do with ugly concrete? Should you veneer it?
The quick answer is NO, it doesn't work for long.
Curb appeal. First impressions. Shiny and new. All that makes a difference when you sell a house.
Certainly it's hard to tell what was here before. This is an older house so likely the sidewalk and stairs were a bit chewed up.
And they decided to slather a coat of thin veneer over everything to spruce it up.
They may have added a stair or step to what was there before as there is that cute trip hazard at the bottom of the guardrail.
Tripping is never a good thing!
Stair height varies and everything looks a bit erratic.
I expect it looks better than what was there before, but thinly veneering any concrete with a slather of most anything does not work for very long.
What will happen?
This is a porch, stair case and driveway combo.
All of that has been veneered.
The veneer will crack. Expansion and contraction with hot and cold, weight, snow melters (even the special stuff that "won't damage your concrete," a sharp blow, etc., will crack the veneer.
That crack will open up, break into pieces, grow larger and crack more.
Eventually cracking and breaking will happen everywhere and you will end up with a flaky, chunky coating.
IT WILL BE UGLY.
In this case the veneer has been applied within the last few weeks and it is already cracking.
Whoever suggested this "repair" to this homeowner did not know what he is doing.
This is an extremely unprofessional job. Concrete really should be a minimum of 4" thick and that reinforced with some form of mesh. Notice how thick sidewalks are?
My recommendation: when people suggest this or that as a "repair" you might investigate it first! Nowadays there are so many ways to do research, and within minutes you can often have an answer to your research question. Sometimes the answers vary, or are even opposites, but for the most part you can find answers to your questions or solutions to the problem you want to fix. It beats causing a bigger problem!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560