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Concrete Takes On a New Look - Decorative Concrete

What is decorative concrete?

Concrete has been used as a paving material during the past fifty years and has proved to be a practical and popular method for commercial and domestic pavements. During that period, concrete paving looked dull and

Decorative Stained Concrete
boring from a decorative and design perspective because it was plain gray colored concrete with limited decorative elements and treatments applied to the surface.

Since the early 1990’s there have been advances made in technical and design methods that have resulted in concrete paving having significantly improved its aesthetic and decorative appeal and is becoming a popular choice with many homeowners and building professionals.

Concrete Engraving

Engraving Stained Concrete Concrete Engraving involves staining the concrete surface with a color and engraving or routing out a pattern. Because the engraved pattern is routed out of the surface, which has been colored, it takes on the look of grout, due to its different coloring. Hence, the concrete can take on the look of various types of paver materials, such as brick pavers, concrete pavers, cobblestone pavers and granite pavers, just to name a few.

The Process of Engraving Concrete

  • First of all, it is important to thoroughly clean the concrete surface. Then, use an acid etching solution, to help bond the color stain to the concrete surface.
  • If there are any cracks in your concrete surface, you should fill and repair them. However, leaving such natural cracks in the concrete will help to create the look of aged brick or stone pavers.
  • Then the concrete is stained with you chosen color and engraved with your chosen pattern. There is a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from, so there is bound to be something to suit any individual taste.
  • Once the engraving is completed, the surface area is cleaned thoroughly. Following this, you can now apply a sealer, which will help protect the surface from stains and weathering.
Engraved and Stained Concrete
  • Concrete Engraving can also be applied to old concrete surfaces; this is great for revamping those plain grey concrete driveways. By engraving you can create the look of pavers with any new or existing concrete surface.

New Kid on the Block

Decorative concrete paving has now established itself as the “new kid on the block ” within the pavement industry.

There are two main types of decorative concrete technologies, the first type is called Concrete Stamping and the second type is called Concrete Staining.

Concrete Stamping

This method of decorating concrete floors and slabs is applied to new concrete slabs, it involves imprinting three dimensional patterns directly into the color treated concrete material whilst the concrete is relatively moist and prior to the concrete becoming hardened.

Stamped Concrete

Think of it as a cast-in-place method that uses textured mats to imprint the colored concrete with pre-designed patterns that resemble the appearance of just about any stone surfaces such as slate, sandstone and many other stone patterns.

Coloring of the concrete stamping is achieved by adding two different layers of coloring additives. The first layer is a base color placed over the top of the original concrete surface, then the second layer of color is a finishing color that produces surface detail, highlighting and final coloring.

An almost endless variety of colors are available to compliment your property. Consult a few of your local concrete paving contractors to view a wide choice of selections as there will be variations of colors and patterns offered between each contractor.

Concrete Staining

Both older and new concrete slabs can be treated to produce the beauty of a concrete stained flooring effect. This method is perfectly suitable for exterior and interior slabs.

Popular for commercial applications because it looks sharp, clean and is durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic.

Stained Concrete Driveway

Special stains are formulated to chemically react with the concrete's lime content. Metallic salts in an acidic, water-based solution react with hydrated lime present in hardened concrete to yield insoluble, colored compounds, allowing the stain to lightly etch and bond color into the concrete surface to become a permanent part of the concrete slab.

In the hands of a true professional, it is possible to design a wonderful array of effects. Artistic staining patterns and designs are achieved with the use of basic instruments such as hand brushes, regular and customized mops. Staining patterns and effects are created with the use of ordinary materials such as cloth materials, tree branches and many other props.

Stained Concrete Rich stone-like textures are achievable to imitate the appearance of prestigious stones such as marble and porphyry granite. When sealers and waxes are applied to the finished concrete stained surface, the full effect of the artistic creation is realized.

During that period, concrete paving looked dull and boring from a decorative and design perspective because it was plain gray colored concrete with limited decorative elements and treatments applied to the surface.

Since the early 1990’s there have been advances made in technical and design methods that have resulted in concrete paving having significantly improved its aesthetic and decorative appeal and is becoming a popular choice with many homeowners and building professionals.

Two Main Types of Decorative Concrete

There are two main types of decorative concrete technologies, the first type is called Concrete Stamping and the second type is called Concrete Staining.