All You Need to Know about Decorative Concrete

All You Need to Know about Decorative Concrete

This type of concrete has been in existence for a while now and has changed a bit since it was first manufactured. It comprises a concoction of water, cement, sand and stone and was primarily used for industrial purposes because of its strength and low maintenance. Today, it widely preferred as an alternative to piling and paving. It is resilient with regards to bad weather, traffic caused by motor vehicles and people and abrasion; making it the ideal choice for the outdoors. It has become common in homes, showrooms and stores and can truly add creative flair and trend to the dullest surfaces. Impress your friends, family and neighbours with this exquisite decorative concrete both inside and outside your home.

For those keen on decorative concrete, here are some options:

Polished Decorative Concrete

These types of floors can be created via several methods and honing is one of the most popular methods used here. It entails grinding the concrete with abrasives for that wonderful polished look. Other methods used to derive this polished effect are via steel trowelling which can be conducted mechanically or manually. Here the concrete is smoothed before setting. The polishing technique is used to accent granite and quartz which are added to the concrete as an embellishment. The sand blasting technique is also common with polished concrete and assists with promoting an improved textured exterior.

Stamped Decorative Concrete

Here the stamped pattern is obtained by applying stamps and moulds to the concrete as it sets. Stamped pattern concrete includes stone, slate and brick. The moulds are taken from the concrete using a release agent. Thereafter a sealer used to promote long life and protection of the concrete.

Stencilled Decorative Concrete 

This patterned concrete is used to copy brickwork patterns as well as the original paving look. It is applied in using a selection of colours, designs and textures to drenched concrete. It has a conventional paving product appearance and is strong and rigid like concrete. Many use it for huge areas like driveways.

Colour Accented Decorative Concrete

These are in demand and obtained by mixing dye directly into concrete before laying it. Another method used to derive this effect is when one applies a tint to the item after it has been set. Acid stains are also used to change the appearance of older concrete surfaces. Colour accenting is highly creative and one can achieve effects such as stone and leather. Epoxy coating which was primarily used for commercial purposes is also used here as well as surface coatings.