Different Types Of Decorative Concrete

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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.

Stamping is one type. Also called imprinting, this process involves using a specially designed stamp to press patterns into the material when it is still wet. It is designed to make the surface look like other more expensive materials including slate, tile, wood, and brick. With this option, you can have the color, texture, and pattern either blend with or provide contrast to the surrounding elements and surfaces.

You can also choose an overlay. This option involves using thin layers over the existing stamped concrete walkway nh 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.

Coloring, other than staining, is also available. Infused color is the process of adding a tint during mixing and is commonly used with stamping. Color hardener is a powder that is shaken onto the wet concreted area and worked in by hand. Dyes, similar to staining, are applied to the surface but there are more color choices and with many more vibrant colors than stains.

The surface can also be polished to appear more like marble or granite. The flooring does not require special sealing or waxing. In the polishing process, you can choose the level of gloss that you desire. It can also be used with any of the coloring methods. Overlays can also be polished.

Multiple options are available for use. Almost every method can be used indoors or outdoors and for counters or floors. For counter tops, it is important to make sure there is extra support to handle the large amount of weight. Although stamping can be used for counter, it is generally reserved for outdoor applications such as a patio or pool surround because it usually needs to be thicker. Outside, you can use these methods to create a patio, walkway, or driveway. In the house, you could use them for flooring in just about any room. Keep in mind, however, that due to the weight it should be limited to main floors.

Who says you have to be stuck with boring concreted slabs? With the variety of decorative options, you can make that boring surface look amazing. Regardless of which method you want to go with, you have a wide variety of options. You can create a new, beautiful surface while also potentially increasing the value of your home.