When you want to change your flooring inside or outside of your home, there are definitely a wealth of options. One such option is to use decorative concrete. These days, concreted floors are desired by many people because of the durability and easy maintenance. A lot of people have strayed from having concreted floors because they previously lacked color and used to be hard to keep clean. Creating decorative concreted floors helps put an end to that issue.
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.
Overlays are one way to change an existing concreted surface. This is a less expensive alternative to replacing the whole thing. A commonly used type is the polymer modified overlay made of a polymer blended with sand, cement, and other materials. Manufacturers have different types of polymers they use to create unique products, but most of them are a type of acrylic. Acrylics are often preferred because of the protection against UV rays and strength.
Stains are another option. A stain can be used on a newly laid surface or on an existing concreted surface. They will be water-based or acid-based depending on the look and color you desire. The stains are not used to completely cover the surface. When applied, they provide a translucent color. Keep in mind, however, that acid-based stain colors are limited to earth tones while water-based stains have a broader range of colors available.
Integral coloring, dyes, and color hardeners are also options for coloring. With integral coloring, the color is in a liquid or powder form and is added during the mixing of the materials. Dyes are applied similar to stains, but they offer an even broader range of colors to choose from. Color hardeners are sprinkled over a concreted surface before it cures and then spread using tools.
Polishing is the final option for concreted surfaces. This option is becoming popular for indoor applications because no waxing is required and the same coloring techniques can be used. It is less costly than marble or granite. You can choose the level of glossiness because the process requires multiple steps. Polished overlays are also available.
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 concrete nh 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.