Florida Condo Walkways Made of Cork are Failing

 

L.S. from Florida writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

We hope to resurface the outdoor concrete walkways at our Florida condominium. It was originally covered with cork which is now peeling in many places. We want to cover the surface with a material stronger than paint. Has anyone had experience with this issue?

Mister Condo replies:

L.S., I have no personal experience with cork surfaces but I suspect it was a beautiful choice when first installed and has failed the test of time. Concrete is the most common and likely solution but my understanding is it cannot be simply installed over top of the cork so that means the cork will likely have to be removed. While I would ask my readers to weigh in with their experiences to help guide you my best advice up front would be to speak with a local contractor who specializes in such work. It will likely carry the cost of a new install plus the added expense of the removal of what is already there. There are several commercial concrete covering materials that are worth investigating to protect the concrete and add a splash of color. I have seen several at my local Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement stores. Good luck!

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