Why Use Epoxy for Sidewalks
Epoxy is an excellent choice for new sidewalks or sidewalks that have seen better days. Using it on new sidewalks can prevent the sidewalk from future cracks and blemishes. The epoxy gets into the pores of the concrete, strengthening it. There are specialized epoxies that can also create a non-skid surface, which is ideal for a sidewalk that is often used.
For older, already cracked sidewalks, epoxy can save you a ton of headaches. Using it can fill in the cracks and protect the remaining sidewalk. Instead of removing the sidewalk and starting over, using epoxy is the way to go.
Types of Sidewalks to Install with Epoxy
There are many different types of gorgeous sidewalks you can create with epoxy. One favorite is a pebble and epoxy sidewalk. This gives the beautiful look of pebbles in your chosen color, but they stay in place versus being kicked everywhere by foot traffic. The pebble/epoxy finish is placed over the concrete sidewalk. You can also take this idea and use it with glass beads, mosaic tiles, or any other choice of material you’d like to use to add a unique flair to your space.
Of course, regular concrete sidewalks can benefit from an epoxy overcoat. It can have colors added, as well as additives to make it non-slip. It will protect the concrete from cracks and aging.
Epoxy Sidewalk Design Options
When it comes to choosing what you want your sidewalk to look like, there are so many options with epoxy.
There are nearly limitless options when it comes to pigmentation for epoxy. There are basic colors such as white, black, and shades of red. There are also bright colors such as pinks and oranges. Some companies even offer metallic options for an extra flair.
Sidewalks do not have to be polished, but they can be if you want to maintain the shine of the epoxy. It may be easier to use a veneer or polyurethane coating if you feel it the shine is beginning to fade, but you can also wax the sidewalk as well.
Your edges can be made to match the surface area, or use embellishment or different colors for a contrast. If you don’t want to decorate the edges, add a layer of clear epoxy to coat the edges of your sidewalk maximum protection.
You can embed pebbles and other objects mentioned above, or pictures, knickknacks, or anything else you want into your epoxy, as long as it is not too thick for the project you are creating. You can also create inlayed designs by layering different colors of epoxy.
Maintaining Sidewalks with Epoxy
Maintenance is pretty easy. The sidewalk can be wiped or mopped down occasionally to prevent dirt build-up. If you opted to put a paint or polish coating over it, then you may need to touch it up every few years just to keep everything looking good and properly protected.
Durability of Sidewalks with Epoxy
Epoxy is very durable, so makes for a very durable sidewalk. It can stand up to high use, lots of foot traffic, heavy weights, and the elements.
Epoxy Sidewalks FAQs
You may have more questions about having an epoxy sidewalk. Here are some of the top FAQs.
What supplies do I need to install a sidewalk?
While your supply needs may vary depending on your choice of sidewalk, there are some basic items you will need, including the epoxy and pigmentation if you are adding color. If you are using a paint-on epoxy, you will need paint brushes and rollers. If you are using an epoxy to pour, you will need a mold. You will also need a bucket to hold and pour epoxy.
How long before I can drive over or walk on the sidewalk?
You can walk on your sidewalk within 24 to 48 hours. If the sidewalk is in a place where cars go over it, avoid allowing traffic on it for 48 to 72 hours.
What is the ideal temperature to seal concrete?
Wait for sunny, clear skies. It is better to apply epoxy in the morning if you can. Ideally, outside temperatures should be between 75 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the concrete surface should be at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to only use epoxy when the temperature will be stable for at least 24 hours, with no dips or spikes.