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Decorative Concrete

Decorative Concrete

Decorative Concrete

Fact Frenzy takes a look at one of the hottest, rising trends of interior and exterior design that homeowners and business owners are jumping into — decorative concrete.

Decorative concrete adds a variety of color, texture, artistic design, and especially durability to walkways, driveways, and flooring.

There has been great progress over the years with what one can do with concrete, which adds to the selection that an architect or homeowner can choose from for a more polished, sophisticated look. When hard surfaces are needed, many choose to go with decorative concrete instead of tile, hardwood, or blacktop.

The enticement of decorative concrete is that it creates a look that is set apart from ordinary concrete.

Decorative concrete companies use a variety of methods, tools, chemicals and equipment to achieve the array of desired colors and designs. Some of these include, but are not limited to: special dyes, concrete stamping systems, sprays, brushes, overlays, resurfacing tools, and more.

As with many remodeling or construction endeavors, decorative concrete application is a specialized, skilled craft. As such, it is not advisable to view decorative concrete as a do-it-yourself project. The cost of decorative concrete application varies greatly, depending on the surface area of the project, and the type of materials that would need to be used. That cost however is much less than to fix a failed attempt of poorly applied decorative concrete. This is usually the case when one may not have sufficient experience, and the type of training for this type of project has been underestimated. Therefore, it is highly recommended to hire a professional decorative concrete company to perform any decorative concrete projects.

Decorative concrete can be applied to interior and exterior surfaces, and are used for residential and commercial purposes. It can also be applied to existing concrete surfaces, in which the contrasting look is much improved and very noticeable. For one example, a decorative concrete architect can take ordinary concrete flooring, and give it a colored marble-type look with a shiny, glossy finish.

Here are a few more examples:

Home Uses

There is a growing trend among homeowners, especially in upscale neighborhoods in the midwest, where decorative concrete is used. A home with a concrete driveway can have decorative concrete applied to add color, patterns, shapes, and designs. Walkways, porches, and patios may have design themes such as having a brickwork look, gloss, and even more sophisticated patterns, if desired. Also, decorative concrete can be seen on the surrounding areas of in-ground swimming pools.

Interior decorative concrete can be used in kitchens, dining rooms, hallways, bathrooms, and utility rooms, just to name a few.

Commercial Uses

Businesses enhance the atmosphere inside and out with decorative concrete. Instead of having plain, ordinary sidewalks, customers are greeted to walking on a more hospitable surface that can have tessellated shapes, a solid decorative “granite” appearance, or even stamped with the company logo. Interior applications can be seen in indoor showrooms of car and motorcycle dealerships. It can also be seen in colleges, retails stores, restaurants, malls, and even the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas — as applied by one particular company, Morris Decorative Concrete. (See the photo gallery)

Besides showrooms and floors, decorative concrete can also be applied to countertops.

– Fact Frenzy

Sources: Morris Decorative Concrete

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