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Transforming Ordinary Concrete into Beautiful and Decorative Patterns

By Mark Bruddy Subscribe to RSS | April 4th 2012 | Views:

With the idea of providing some basic information on some of the more common options available with concrete, we thought it might be helpful to give an introduction to the proliferation of possibilities available with concrete. Let us now discuss a few unique techniques that you can incorporate into your project to create a truly eye-catching design. There are a few skilled techniques required to create those beautiful designs you have admired and want to duplicate.

Colored Concrete

Coloring your concrete can truly be a work of art. The artist can play with unique color combinations that you would never imagine could be created out of concrete. Have a special color in mind? Also, colored concrete can be used to simulate the look of brick, flagstone, pavers, or marble.

Decorative Concrete

You'll often discover that decorative concrete is the best choice to permanently cover surface imperfections in existing concrete or to turn a plain-looking slab from drab to fab. With today's decorative concrete, it is easy to give almost any concrete surface, indoors or out, a complete face-lift and at a much lower cost than removal and replacement.

Stamped Concrete

What is stamped concrete? This is one of the fastest growing areas of home improvements. If you are on a tight budget, you can still achieve impressive results by mixing stamped concrete with fields of less-expensive plain concrete, such as a installing a driveway with only a border of stamped concrete. Or do the work in stages, maybe tackling the front driveway and walkway one year followed by your backyard patio or pool deck a year or two later. Your patience will be rewarded.

Decorative Engraving

This process is a wonderful solution to dress up older, unattractive concrete. Designs are carved into the existing concrete and then dyed and sealed to perfect the look. Unlike toppings or overlays, engraving is a permanent treatment that won't wear away or lose bond because the patterns are carved into the concrete rather than applied on top of it. When the concrete is further enhanced by staining, the decorative possibilities are truly spectacular.

There is a lot that can be incorporated into your decorative concrete flooring. Whether you are renovating your home or planning to decorate a new one, finding the solutions that meet your needs and requirements can be as simple as a visit to your concrete flooring contractor. Once there, ask about all the options available with an eye to your particular project.

Mark Bruddy - About Author:
Mark Bruddy is a flooring solution expert working with US leading Concrete floor contractors. Provides range of Saw Blades, Polished Concrete Floors, wholesale Diamond Blades and

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