Decorative concrete is simply the application of concrete to enhance a building, whether that building is a residential building or a commercial building. While it serves a functional purpose, decorative concrete also has aesthetic purposes as well. There are a wide variety of decorative concrete finishes that can be applied to concrete projects in order to create a unique look that no other concrete application can provide.
If you have a concrete repair job pending and looking for a contractor to complete the job for you, consider asking about concrete finishes before you commit to hiring them. Many decorative concrete finishes can give your concrete the appearance of polished stone, brick, marble, or mosaic tile. Some decorative concrete finishes can even mimic the look of poured concrete, which can be extremely desirable in some instances.
Decorative concrete finishes are typically applied to fix problem areas in a space, such as driveways or walkways, or around a pool. They are applied with a brush, roller, sponge, pad, or sprayer. Depending on the application process, decorative concrete can be colored from light pastel colors to earth tones to various shades of green depending on the specific application.
Several Decorative Concrete finishes
There are several decorative concrete finishes that can be used on concrete slabs, including stamped concrete, colored concrete, light-colored concrete, white concrete, stamped white, black concrete, blue concrete, pink concrete, black ice, blue/green tinted concrete, red-tinted concrete, green-tinted concrete, and gray-tinted concrete.
One of the most commonly used decorative concrete finishes is stamped concrete. This finishing method produces stamped textures on the surface of the concrete. For example, you could apply a texture of brown and black concrete to a flat surface. In addition, if you want the texture to have a rustic, log-cabinet look to it, then you would simply apply it over a lighter colored slab of concrete. The texture can also be applied to unfinished concrete, where you will create the impression of wood by staining the concrete with a dark color. Stamped concrete is especially useful for patios and walkways.
Concrete patios are a popular way of improving the look of your home’s exterior. These patios are made from non-slip rubber inlay mixtures that are held into place by steel rebar. There are many different styles of decorative concrete for patios, including stamped steel, rounded flagstone, concrete pavers, brick, concrete tiles, brick veneers, and concrete slabs. The concrete tiles are usually laid on top of colored plastic base slabs, which make them ideal for use in areas prone to slip and fall.
Style of Decorative Concrete
The other popular style of decorative concrete is stained concrete, which is textured using chemicals and high-pressure streamers. There are two different ways to apply stained concrete, either using a brush or roller texture or by applying it with a staining tool, such as a rotary tool. Stained concrete can be stained with any color of stain, from light silver to a deep forest green. While you can find a variety of stains to choose from, the most popular patterns used are stripes, checkerboards, checkers, slab patterns, Ovals, and diamonds.
Both striped and checked concrete floors provide a strong and durable floor surface that will endure wear and tear for decades. Stained concrete has a wide variety of decorative patterns, such as abstract stripes, checker boards, checkers, and diamond patterns.
The patterns impart a unique design that is eye-catching and fun. Concrete pavers are a practical flooring material that requires little maintenance and is environmentally friendly. They are durable, slip and stain proof, and suitable for public places like walkways and garages.