Interested In Decorative Concrete? 3 Ways It Can Be Used
Decorative concrete is also referred to as decorative stamps. The concrete contractor first installs a base layer of concrete. They will then stamp the base layer with the decorative stamps you choose. This must be done before the base layer is dry or the decorative stamps will not adhere to the concrete. To help you decide what you want to use decorative concrete for, below are three ways you can use it.
If you have a pathway or sidewalk at your home, it may be made of something like brick or other type of pavers. If so, the path looks great after you first lay these pavers, but over time it will start to deteriorate. This is because the pavers like this will settle when there is a freeze and thaw cycle during the winter months. This can cause the pavers to become loose or crack.
Once the pavers become loose or cracked, weeds will start to grow between the spaces. These weeds are difficult to remove by hand, so you would have to use a chemical to kill them.
Decorative concrete is completely flat, so you do not have to worry about any of this if the base layer is properly laid and reinforced.
If it is time for a new driveway, decorative concrete can be used. You can choose from different textures and colors to make the driveway look unique. You can put designs on the driveway using this type of concrete if you prefer. Use colors that go well with your home or your current landscaping. The ideas are endless on what you can create. You can mix and match different colors and sizes also, or you can lay a solid color if you do not want any kind of design.
You can also make the concrete look like other types of materials, such as cobblestone, at a much lesser price.
Once you use decorative concrete on your driveway and pathway or sidewalk, your porch must be changed too so it goes well with everything else. To use decorative concrete on a porch the concrete contractor will layer a thin coat of cement over the surface of the porch. The contractor will then use the decorative stamps to make the porch go with the rest of your concrete or you can use stamps in contrasting colors to create a unique look.
Talk with a concrete contractor like those at Stephens & Smith Construction Inc, and they can give you much more information about decorative concrete.