Decorative concrete is quickly becoming the hot pick for many homeowners. Any one of the different types can be used to replace dull gray slabs and give a space a complete visual makeover. There are five main types and they can be used in a variety of applications indoor or outdoor.
Imprinting, or stamping, occurs when a design or pattern is pressed into the wet concreted surface. Stamping is commonly used to make the surface look like another type of material. Designs and patterns that are used include brick, tile, slate, and wood. Many people often choose this option to complement existing textures and colors of other surfaces.
You can also choose an overlay. This option involves using thin layers over the existing concreted surface. It is a good option when the existing flooring is in good condition and does not need to be completely removed. In overlays, the material is a type of polymer that is mixed with other materials such sand and cement. For most types of overlays, an acrylic polymer is often used to provide durability and extra protection against the sun’s rays.
You can also choose stained surface. Once the surface has been concreted, or if it already exists, one or two options can be used for staining. Stains will be water-based or acid-based. Unlike paints, stains do not completely saturate and cover the surface. Instead, they provide translucence. The color palette of these two types of stains are different. Acid-based stains are typically only available in earthy colors. Water-based stains tend to have a wider, brighter range of colors.
Other types of coloring are also available. Integral, or infused, coloring is achieved by adding a liquid or powder tint while the materials are being mixed and tends to be used in conjunction with stamping. A powder called a color hardener is also available. It is spread on the surface while it is still wet and spread by hand with a trowel. Coloring can also be achieved using dyes. They work similar to stains, but there are more colors to choose from.
Another option is polishing. It is primarily used for surfaces inside and does not require waxing. Any coloring method can be used before polishing. Due to the multiple steps in the process, you can choose the level of gloss you want from matte to completely glossy. You can also choose a polished overlay if the existing surface is in good enough condition.
Application possibilities are nearly unlimited. You can use any of the methods inside or outside your home. In the floors inside, you can choose to transform your living room, den, kitchen, or dining room. Outside the home, you can create a backyard oasis joining your pool, garden, and patio. You can redo your tired looking driveway and even add walkways that all match.
Painting and repainting your stamped concrete driveway ma surfaces are a thing of the past. You no longer have to sacrifice the look that you desire for the benefits of plain old concreted flooring. If you are seeking to increase the value of your home, this may be a good way to accomplish that.