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Colored Concrete

Let’s continue talk about concrete types, because there is more!

Broom Finished Concrete

This is, as you may say, regular way to do and finish a concrete. Of course, there is a smooth finish, but broom finished provides a high-traction surface and better drainage (note, broom marks should always be running towards the drain). However, if you don’t care about drainage, you can create decorative effects by running the broom texture in various directions.

And lastly, colored concrete

Concrete doesn’t have to be grey. They are so many different colors and products to color concrete – it is amazing. Colored concrete cost more than plain grey, but it worth an investment. Prices are not crazy-biting, but the result will look wonderful. It can help your concrete patio or walkway to match your overall design.

Some of the products can be used on existing concrete too, which is a great news, if you don’t want to install new concrete element, instead of the old one.

So how concrete gets colored? Color for the concrete is not a paint, dye or stain; it is pigments. Pigments are available in powder, liquid or granular forms. Iron oxide pigment particles are 10 times smaller than a particle of the cement. When color pigment is added to the cement based mix, the smaller pigment particles cover the larger cement particle.

 

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Concrete types, part -1

If you are thinking about a concrete patio or a new driveway, it is good to know what are the concrete types and what kind of concrete you can have.

Exposed aggregate concrete

What can it be and how can you expose it? Exposed aggregate concrete is a type of decorative concrete, which reveals the true beauty of concrete. It is not only looks very good, but also is durable and skid-resistant material.

Exposed aggregate concrete is achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste and revealing the underlying aggregate.

Advantages of Exposed Aggregate Concrete:

  1. It does not doesn’t cost a lot, to create this decorative effect, because not much additional materials needed. Basically, you need a surface retardant, sprayer and a garden hose.
  2. It is a fairly easy task to do and not require long time or specific professional to do it.
  3. There are various types, colors and sizes for the exposed décor
  4. It also blends well with other decorative concrete
  5. Almost no maintenance is required, except some occasional cleaning with water

Three Basic Methods used for aggregate exposed concrete:

Monolithic – the aggregates are batched right into the concrete truck at the concrete plant. This method is the easiest and most commonly used. Smaller aggregate is typically called Pea stone.

Seeded – immediately after the concrete is placed the decorative aggregates are broadcast, or hand placed, onto the surface of the concrete and floated in by hand.

Overlay – this method is used on existing concrete that is in a good shape. Aggregates are mixed into the overlay topping material and applied to the old concrete to give it a new look.

The “secret” to exposing the aggregates is keeping the top layer of cement paste soft while the underlying concrete hardens. This is done by spraying on a surface retardant immediately after installing the concrete and aggregates. A few hours later soft cement paste can be rinsed away with a garden hose and the aggregate is exposed on the surface.

The biggest benefit of the exposed aggregate compared to other decorative styles, is that this method looks terrific, but has the lowest cost.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete also can be called textured or imprinted concrete. It is a concrete that replicates stones such as flagstone, tile brick and even wood. This type of decoration is perfect for pool decks, driveways, entries and patios.

Stamped concrete is a very popular option among homeowners because if offers wide variety of patterns and colors, and with all that it is much cheaper than real flagstone or pavers.

So how stamped concrete is made? The main part is to do a pattern. After you pour a concrete, and it isn’t fully dried, you need to use texture press, so you stamped your concrete with a pattern that you had chosen.

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Personalizing your concrete

Concrete is such a versatile material. You can guarantee your new concrete patio will look nothing like your best friend’s back yard. Not only can you form concrete to any shape, concrete can also be stained, stamped, engraved, stenciled and more! With a concrete patio or pool area, you have the opportunity to let your unique style come through as you design your patio to your liking. We have collected a few diffecolored concreterent ways you can personalize your concrete.

Tinted & colored – This is actual color being added to the cement mix. You can create a unique and fun color to your patio. It can be a real show stopper!

Stamped – there is nearly an unlimited choice for you to decide on! We love stamped concrete!! You can even create a faux brick, tile and wood! We love a beautiful pattern stamped into a colored concrete – it is one of our favorite projects to work on!

Scoring –  By hand scoring patterns into the cement. By scoring the cement you can control where the concrete will crack – and concrete will always untimely crack, but we can control where it cracks. This can be artistic element for the project as well!

Boarders – Boarders can be made of the same material or another common boarder used is brick. Visually this creates an edge to the patio and for safety reasons this is a nice visual appeal when there is a change in material under foot.  This can also incorporate scoring which can control cracking.

Sealed concrete –  Can provide a sheen to the look. There are even now options to do a non-slip sheen, which would be great around the pool! Sealers can enhance and protect your concrete and extend the life of it. This can be done again and again over the lifetime of the concrete.

colored concrete stairs

 

Paint – This can be a quick and easy way to update the look of concrete if it doesn’t necessarily need repair. You can be artistic and have fun over a quick sunny weekend for this upgrade!

Acid Staining –  This is a fun almost marbling affect for concrete. This can be done indoors and outdoors.

Concrete is a great long-lasting medium for driveways, steps, patios, and more! With so many ways to personalize your concrete you can absolutely make it unique! Call us today for a free quote on installing concrete to your latest project!

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Driveway Layout

House with a nice road and driveway around

The entrance to your home can really set the feel for your home. If you are reconstructing the layout of your driveway, there are a few things to consider. Function, form and aesthetic appeal.
When designing a new driveway, we consider the following: how do you want your driveway to function? Do you need space for a turn around? Single or double car width? Would you like an additional parking space?
Next, we’ll address the garage access. Where is the location of the garage? You’ll want to be sure that you’ll have enough turning space for a car to safely pull in and out of the garage.
Third, is the terrain. Are their trees you want to keep? Is there a slope that needs to be addressed? These are things that can create a custom driveway as well as possibly adding additional costs.
Finally, the look and feel you are trying to create. Do you want a simple driveway that doesn’t distract from your home or would you like a grand entrance that really WOW your guests?

circular driveway

The shape of the driveway all relies on the above answers. Maybe even a combination of two to create a unique curb appeal for your home.
• Circular Driveways are one of the most popular driveway layouts. This eliminates the need for backing out of a driveway and perhaps the location of your home may be best to pull in and out for safety. A common variation is a teardrop shaped driveway – where there is one entrance and it opens into a loop that cars may drive around. This option requires a bit of room and land, so this may not be an option for a small space.

 

• Straight driveways are simple and functional. To create a more grand estate like entrance a long driveway lined with trees can sure make a lasting vision on your guests. This layout purposefully directs people to your home, putting it on display.

• Curved driveways are a way to keep existing mature trees or boulders by winding through them. This is an interesting feature to incorporate into your home. You’ll want to make sure that the driveway is wide enough to incorporate all vehicles, such as delivery and garbage trucks. By having the curves be wide and broad sweeping this will be easy to accommodate.

 

 

 

Contact us today and we can help design and install your new driveway!

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