Decorative concrete can be used for more than a simply a utilitarian construction medium. Concrete flatwork can bring an aesthetic enhancement to a stamped and stained construction structure, stamped concrete walls, floors, driveways and patios.
Concrete can be transformed into decorative concrete through the use of a variety of materials applied after the concrete is cured or during the pouring process. These systems and materials include polished concrete, stamped concrete, decorative overlays, vertical overlays, acid staining, concrete countertops, and more.
Decorative flatwork can be achieved through different methods, such as of applying color and texture, stamping, or other techniques to enhance the appearance of flat concrete.
Stamped Decorative Concrete is also know as imprinted concrete, textured stamped concrete, or textured concrete. It is manufactured through the process of adding color and texture to concrete in order to make it resemble slate, brick, stone, cobblestone and various other natural products including shells, fossils, wood, and many more. The lower cost, great durability, and limitless array of possibilities makes Stamped Concrete a great choice for renovation projects and new construction. Color is achieved by using acid stains, integral colors, powder or liquid releases, color hardeners, or dry shakes.
The installation of Stamped Concrete consists of pressing molds into the concrete in its plastic state. Stamped Concrete may be used in a stamped and stained construction, on interior floors, stamped concrete walls, parking lots, commercial roads, driveways, and patios. Stamped concrete provides a very desirable finish to concrete areas. If the color dyes fade with time and wear, there are many re-coloring options available, that can completely rejuvenate and restore the original look and color of stamped concrete.
Decorative concrete overlays were first developed in the 1960s when acrylic paint resins started to be used as modifiers for sand mixes and cement. These thin topping materials adhere to concrete surfaces and create a coating that can restore the worn surface.
Over 20 years ago were also introduced polymer cement overlays made of a proprietary blend of various polymer resins, aggregates, and Portland cements. The polymer cement overlays can greatly increase the versatility and performance characteristics of conventional cements and concrete materials. Today, polymer cement overlays are used in commercial flooring or into the architectural concrete.
Stamped overlays are also created by rubber imprinting tools impressed into pre-mixed thin concrete overlay material. This way can be designed concrete with brick or natural stone textures.
Existing concrete can be remodeled by an engraving procedure that is cutting grooves and lines into its surface. Custom designs, curved or straight lines, and geometric patterns can be cut directly into the surface of the concrete in order to create the look of cobblestone, flagstone, tile, and other surface patterns.
By using urethane form liners, concrete can also be cast into detailed and unique designs that can enhance the aesthetics of bridges, walls, and building exteriors.
All these decorative concrete flatwork techniques allow builders to move away from gray concrete and add distinction to outdoors and indoors such as:
· Interior floors
Decorative concrete flatwork is a very affordable alternative with extended durability in any climate. With decorative flatwork techniques, concrete can take on the textures, colors, and shapes of materials many times more expensive, such as flagstone or brick, yet provide the same long term performance and aesthetics.