Decorative concrete includes utilizing concrete in roles that are not strictly related to its functional elements. Decorative concrete if combined with steel rebar is known for its great strength. Decorative concrete can be used for walls, floors, countertops that are structurally sound and it also provides decorative finish that can look a lot like polished stone, with a much lesser cost of materials.
Decorative concrete is one of the hot new trends for concrete patios, concrete floors, entryways, pool decks, countertops and more. From budgeted one-room remodels that showcase a stunning, stained concrete floor to expansive new homes with elaborate concrete driveways. The attraction continues to grow when it comes to using decorative concrete.
Decorative concrete now transforms traditional concrete into warm brown floors, expensive slate looking patios and outdoor kitchen, weather resistant countertops. Homeowners, builders and designers today recognize the value in using concrete in their designs and plans.
The quality of decorative concrete easily compares with granite, tile and hardwood but it is much easier to maintain than any of these. Decorative concrete has a lot of options in color and design that creates a unique effect for any surface. Decorative concrete adds a stylish profile to any room. Each project suites the needs of the client and the purpose of the room, this makes every room and every project individual, unique and personal.
To color the aggregate throughout, color material is blended with the concrete mix. A lot of colorants are iron oxides and can create colors like black, yellow, and red. Using chromium, greens can be achieved while ultramarine can be used to create variants of blue. Homeowners can also have colors custom mixed for their individual projects as well, this provides an abundance of design opportunities!
To provide the appearance of brick or stone, patterns are impressed into wet concrete slabs or overlays to create textures. Usually, the imprint shows various stone textures but it can also produce the look of tiles, cobblestone or even wood planks that results an extraordinary effect. You can also use stamped decorative concrete for your driveways, pool decks, patios, porches, and more.
There are items that can be embedded in the decorative concrete for practical purposes like brass rails to serve as pot holders on countertops or aesthetic ones like decorating with shells and fossils.
Topical staining decorative concrete is non acidic, and therefore does not need to be neutralized. It dries fast and it is easy to use. As soon as it dries it can be sealed. Topical stain can be done in a range of bold colors and has limitless design options. This is great for indoor and outdoor use and it masks surface defects.
Well known chemical companies have began to experiment with acrylic paint resins as modifiers for cement and sand mixes, resulting in a thin cementitious topping material that would adhere to concrete surfaces and provides a newly resurfaced coating to restore the old surface.
Grinding and sealing is similar to polishing, it produces a clean raw surface. Still, the goal is to get that clean new surface refined to a glossy finish. This is done by buffing the surface with planetary grinder and with the use of finer diamond pads with each pass. This continues until the desired sheen is achieved. The dense finished surface is extremely resistant and durable.