Decorative concrete is fast gaining momentum as one of the most preferred flooring options. It is available in a wide range of color and finishing choices. Concrete floors can be transformed into decorative concrete floors by adding materials to the mixture. These materials are added either immediately after the concrete has been poured or after the curing period.
The colors you will use in decorative concrete depends upon your preference or the look you want to achieve. Color pigments and hardeners in powder form are mixed with wet concrete to come up with a consistent opaque color.
Dyes and stains used in decorative concrete come in liquid form and are added after the hardening of concrete for a vibrant or translucent color. Decorative concrete floors are low in maintenance. When installed and properly maintained will have a long lifespan.
What is Decorative Concrete?
The appearance of concrete floors can be enhanced by adding various chemicals to achieve a decorative concrete. With decorative concrete, concrete surfaces still maintain its main function as an essential part of a home or building but this time with an enhanced aesthetic appeal.
Installers of decorative concrete can make a concrete floor look and feel exactly like brick, wood, granite, tile, slate, marble floors and other materials. Decorative concrete is a much cheaper option than those materials.
The decorative concrete process is safe and environment-friendly. It is also the best option for having an elegant and stylish floor without spending so much.
Types of Decorative Concrete
Decorative concrete is categorized based on the process that transforms it from concrete.
When stamping is completed concrete will have a textured appearance similar to bricks or natural stone. Projects focusing on a textured appearance rather than on unique color options is the main focus of the stamped concrete process.
Stamped concrete is one of the more popular types of decorative concrete. Aside from mimicking the look of natural stones decorative concrete can also include imprints of fossils, shells and other items. Stamped concrete is produced by pressing molds of the design or pattern into the wet concrete.
This type of decorative concrete uses a dye instead of a chemical reaction to achieve the desired color. Recent advances in technology and new techniques have allowed dyes to be more durable and long-lasting even when exposed to direct sunlight. A 5% annual fading rate is to be expected though.
Dyed concrete is ideal for indoor concrete floors. Stencils to create unique patterns and designs are often used during the polishing stage. Brand names and company logos are often etched on dyed concrete floors.
A chemical reaction is used to achieve the desired color and look of the concrete floor. This decorative concrete creates attractive and unique designs with various color options
Simple and visually appealing surfaces can be created in a cost-effective manner with polished concrete. Polished concrete can be used on existing concrete floor surfaces or during the design stage.
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Where Is Decorative Concrete Best Used?
Decorative concrete has numerous applications within your home.
- Indoor floors
Why Choose Decorative Concrete?
Decorative concrete floors are an attractive option because it allows you to express and unleash your creativity. It combines beauty with durability and low maintenance for a long lasting concrete floor finish. Why then should you opt for decorative concrete?
- It combines style with functionality.
- Colors, patterns, textures, and designs are successfully achieved through stains, dyes, and sealers.
- It provides a wide variety of options and can mimic the look and feel of natural stones.
- It is an eco-friendly flooring solution.
- It is built to last providing value for money in the long term.
- It is resistant to dust, debris, and dirt keeping cleaning and maintenance at low levels while providing a safe and healthy environment.
Why Hire the Professionals?
Transforming concrete surfaces into decorative concrete requires special skills, equipment, technology, and techniques. When working on decorative concrete, should anything go wrong, it will really go very wrong.
Southside Concrete Polishing has all the tools and equipment required to pour, stain, stamp, dye and polish concrete surfaces to create a successful decorative concrete. Should you decide to do this process as a do-it-yourself project, you will need to buy all these expensive tools.
The concretee material can be difficult to handle. It needs to be in the right consistency so decorative concrete can be successfully installed. South Side Concrete Polishing always makes sure concrete is of the right consistency and properly poured to ensure a beautiful and realistic decorative concrete.
Decorative concrete, may it be stamped, stained, dyed or polished may seem like easy processes. These processes entail a lot of work and patience to achieve the right look.
We at South Side Concrete Polishing have the skills, experience, and creativity needed to create an aesthetically appealing decorative concrete. Working with us will give you limitless possibilities for your exterior (and also interior) concrete surfaces.
How Is Decorative Concrete Done?
Through decorative concrete, stamp patterns and designs are created to achieve a realistic look and feel of the natural stone it is mimicking. There are a lot of this applications all over but rarely have they been recognized as such. That is how realistic decorative concrete is.
Installing decorative concrete is a delicate and tedious process. The creativity of the designer and installer provides limitless possibilities. Concrete though is a tricky material to work with. It comes with a lot of variables that can affect the final product.
The process used to transform concrete surfaces into decorative concrete depends on the look that needs to be achieved. Here are two ways to achieve this: treating the existing concrete surface or laying down a new concrete surface over the old surface.
Regardless of the method used to create a decorative concrete, decorative concrete when done the proper way can completely transform concrete surfaces into works of art.