An Overview of Decorative Concrete Options

You might think of concrete as a reliable but not aesthetically pleasing material. However, decorative concrete can add a stylish touch to your property without any compromise in quality. Decorative concrete is used in a variety of applications, from floors and walls to driveways and patios. Read on to find out more about this material.

What is decorative concrete?

The transformation of concrete is completed using a range of materials that are added during the pouring process or once the concrete has cured. From polished concrete to stamped concrete to acid staining and decorative overlays, there’s a wide range of ways to alter the appearance of concrete to your tastes. This concrete will last for decades and can be used in:

  • Sidewalks
  • Parking lots
  • Patios
  • Interior floors
  • Roads

What is stamped concrete?

Decorative concrete will allow you to imitate the appearance of natural materials at a far lower cost. This material is versatile, and overlays can be applied even to thin interior concrete walls.

Stamped concrete, for example, can be made to look liked slate, brick, stone or other textured patterns. Experts create stamped concrete by pressing a mold into the concrete before it’s dried. Then dye and concrete stain are used to enhance the pattern. A deep red dye with a complementing stain can make the stamped concrete appear to be brick.

Creating decorative concrete requires the skills of a trained expert. They will need to know which dye to use and how much to use to achieve the effect you’re looking for. When the job is done by a professional, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the concrete and the material you intended to mimic.

What is stained concrete?

This material is popularly used in basements, for retaining walls, for sound walls and more. Dye and concrete stains come in an array of colors, so you can pick whichever fits your home best. The design possibilities are limitless if you choose stained concrete.

What are the benefits of decorative concrete?

Beyond its aesthetic benefits, concrete is a durable, long-lasting surface. With the right maintenance, a concrete driveway or path can last for 30 years. Adding decorative elements will improve your home’s curb appeal and could boost the property’s value. The same goes for concrete patios, floors and walls. You won’t have to worry about pets or children damaging your surfaces when you choose decorative concrete.

You can also customize the color and design to match your home. You get the appearance of whatever material you’re interested in—whether it’s cobblestone or wood—while having the durability and affordability of concrete. Decorative concrete is quite versatile and can work on everything from outdoor spaces to eye-catching driveways and effective yet charming retaining walls.

Do you need a decorative concrete contractor? Then turn to the experts at Maddox Concrete, LLC. We’re known for our reliable concrete experts and excavating contractors. Whether you’re repairing a commercial parking lot or are interested in a stamped concrete sidewalk, we can help. Contact us today for more information and ask for a free estimate.