What Is Scored Concrete and What Are the Benefits?

Scored Concrete
Scored Concrete

In researching different decorative overlays, finishes, and coatings, you may have come across the term “scored concrete.” Scoring concrete is an excellent way to customize the appearance of a patio, driveway, walkway, or floor. (It’s also referred to as “saw cutting.”) 

Professional installers and contractors score concrete to add both depth and texture to an otherwise blank concrete surface. The greatest benefit of scored concrete is the fact that it gives you an opportunity to personalize the appearance of your concrete surface. With this process, you can have a distinct design or pattern created. Scoring is a fantastic way to personalize both interior and exterior concrete slabs at both residential and commercial properties.

If you’re planning to have a new porch, pool deck, or other concrete slab poured, you can customize the appearance using a decorative overlay with scoring that further enhances its beauty. If you have an existing concrete surface, a professional such as an installer from SUNDEK of Tidewater can apply an overlay on top of the surface and personalize it with scoring—to do this, the existing surface must be structurally sound. Even if you have damage such as flaking, chipping, or cracks, a professional installer can repair your concrete, and then proceed to do the customized scoring (see more about how SUNDEK of Tidewater’s concrete repair services).

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As mentioned, the top benefit of scored concrete is the almost endless design possibilities. With this technique, you can have all sorts of different elements created such as diamond, rectangular, and star shapes, or something completely custom. You can even have a gorgeous border created. In fact, if you want a flooring system that mimics hardwood, a professional installer can use the appropriate wood-toned color to represent the type of wood you prefer, whether that is oak, pine, walnut, or something else. Following that, they can score the grooves and make the surface look just like your wood of choice. The results are so incredible, no one will know it’s not real wood.

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