Concrete Finish, the final step

Strength, cost effectiveness and durability are all known qualities of concrete finish. It has many applications including floors, walkways, and driveways. Concrete floors are found in a variety of residential and commercial settings. The can be seen in large scale condominiums, as well as basements or remodeled living spaces.

Concrete inside homes is commonly covered with carpet, vinyl, or paint. For exterior surfaces, materials range from slate, granite, or brick and are preferred to standard concrete when financial considerations aren’t an issue.

However, more and more concrete is becoming the preferred choice because it can be make to look like brick or slate stone. Concrete can be stained or colored to create a number of textures and colors, or stamped with patterns to resemble natural surfaces. The strength and durability of concrete combined with a little creativity can result in a beautiful concrete finish that is easy to maintain and extremely economical.

Alternative materials to concrete simply do not have the same life expectancy as proper concrete finish. Carpeting and vinyl can tear, stain, or be damaged from flooding, and general wear. Allergies may also be a concern because dust or mold can be trapped in carpet fibers. Not only that, many floor coverings need to be replaced every couple of years.

Decorative finishes aren’t just applied to new concrete slabs. They can also be applied to existing slabs are well. A great part of finish is that it has the same effect on old or new concrete and can last for the duration of the concrete. It will remain durable, and easy to maintain.

Wide ranges of effects are possible with finishes. These finishes may be as simple as coloring walkways to match house or home features or, to blend into the landscape. If you want a natural look, a concrete stamp or concrete patio finish can be used to create the appearance of slate or granite, complete with subtle color shifts, surface texture, and real grout placed in the formed joints between slabs. If you want to replicate terra cotta tile, or present a colorful abstract design you can simply score and stain the concrete to obtain this finish.

Here are a few different type of concrete finish:

Concrete Stamping – Patterns used to imprint textures of stone, brick, tile, wood planks, slate, paving materials into the freshly cast or existing concrete surface.

Waxes and Sealers – Colored materials are available to seal and waterproof concrete surfaces, the final step in any concrete finish process.

Scoring – Shallow-cuts made in existing concrete surfaces to replicate tile grout lines or simply create designs and patterns to separate colors

Colored Concrete – Color added to concrete during the mixing process produces tinting in the concrete slab.

Colored Hardeners – Hardening powder agents made of colored, ground aggregates that are broadcast onto freshly placed concrete.

Colored Overlay – Thin layers of material can be applied to existing concrete slabs, adding thicknesses.

Chemical Staining – Special stains formulated to react with the concrete’s lime content.

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