One form of decorative concrete is to use bands
One form of decorative concrete is to use bands of decorative concrete around areas of flat and non decorative
concrete. How big these bands of concrete are will depend on the size of the concrete area as a whole, and what you
want the area to look like. Basically when it comes to bands it can be one of any style of decorative concrete:
stamped, exposed aggregate, colored concrete, salt finish, etc.
Another form of decorative concrete is concrete with broom finishes. Broom finishes can be light broom or coarse
depending on the bristles of the broom you choose. While unlike many forms of decorative concrete, this is not a
fancy finish but provides a non-slip surface, so it is a very functional decorative concrete. You shouldn't just
use any broom for this type of decorative concrete, rather choose brooms specifically made for this purpose.
Colored Concrete is a very popular form of decorative concrete. There are two basic forms of colored concrete. It
can be placed within the mix or can be a dry shake that is dusted on the top of the concrete.
Exposed Aggregate is another popular form of decorative concrete. Often times, the colorful rocks that are embedded
in the concrete are just the right touch of decoration for your drive or walkways. This type of decorative concrete
is generally formed by the top layer of cement paste being washed off either chemically, with water pressure, or
sandblasted so that the rocks show through. In this case, the rocks can be either only placed in the top of the
concrete or can be in the entire mix.
Another form of decorative concrete is float and trowel textured concrete. This is a fun form of decorative
concrete since there are many patterns that can be made on the concrete, such as swirls, or different size arcs, or
basically any shape you can imagine. The texture created can be however you want it, coarse, medium, or smooth.
What you get will depend on the tool used to make the pattern. For example, wood floats create coarser textures in
the concrete, and aluminum floats or steel trowels create medium or smooth finishes.
Painting Concrete is another form of beautiful decorative concrete. You could use this form of decorative concrete
in basically any situation, you just want to make sure that the concrete is well cured, so if you have concrete
already, and want to make it into decorative concrete, then paint the existing concrete you have.
A rock slat finish is another popular form of decorative concrete. This is a cool technique because it is nothing
really scientific, it is pretty basic. What is generally done is a basic water softener salt crystals that is about
1/8" to 3/8" in size are pretty much smoothed onto fresh concrete, and a roller of some sort is then used to press
the salt crystals into the concrete. Once the concrete is dried, the surface is washed, dissolving the salt and
leaving small holes.
There are several other forms of decorative concrete as well. Basically your imagination is the limit, and you can
even make your current concrete into decorative concrete, which can improve your property value, and make your
living areas more beautiful.
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