Do you remember concrete as a cold, boring gray color? Well, imagine your family and friends strolling out of your home onto a reddish decorative concrete walkway leading to your swimming pool much like celebrities arriving on the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premier! Concrete reinvented itself into a popular material known as decorative concrete for homes and businesses.
Decorative concrete comes in many patterns, textures, and colors created by dyes and stains that are all stunningly beautiful. The advantages of concrete are still its long-lasting yet economical qualities. Now decorative concrete adds versatility to this list, and what can be accomplished through its use is only limited by one’s imagination. In addition to being stained or dyed, decorative concrete can be stamped, painted, stenciled, and much more.
Stamped concrete is created when freshly placed concrete is imprinted with patterns like brick or stone pavement that look more expensive but crafted at a much lower cost. Keep in mind that the more unique the patterns are or the more curves, the more expensive the project.
What if you already have boring gray concrete? Is there anything that can be done about it? Yes, decorative concrete overlays may be a possible solution. Overlays are resurfacing materials such as micro toppings, and epoxy coatings which are spread as thin as a credit card or thicker depending on what you want to accomplish. However, under certain conditions, it is best to completely remove and replace the concrete that is there already. It is best to consult a professional to determine the best course of action.
By using decorative concrete, you can create spectacular spaces that look like marble, flagstone, or more expensive materials for a fraction of the cost, and this can help increase the value of your home. If you would like to learn more about decorative concrete, contact us.