People are discovering that with concrete they can achieve a variety of effects, including the look of outdoor tiles and other patterns. The result is an array of colours that mingle and blend to create a natural stone look or a more vibrant and colourful design-the choice is yours! The colours from acid stained concrete will never fade and remain intact for the life of the concrete itself. Exposed AggregateThis is the name given to concrete that appears quite course with whole pebbles and other bits and pieces evident in the slab. You may prefer to use this simply as a border around your patio, or be more liberal with it, but whatever you decide, exposed aggregate definitely gives you the opportunity to be different. This does not have to be the case with your concrete patio at all! Pouring concrete gives you the chance to experiment with colour-you can mix two different colours of concrete (neither of which have to be grey, FYI) and then lay them in a pattern-you could create your very own outdoor checkerboard, or for those more adventurous, a concrete mural!Stamped Concrete For those who love the look of tiles or pavers, but want the sturdiness and durability of concrete, you should consider stamped concrete. Some popular designs include flagstone, brick, tile, stone and even sandstone pavers.
Only those that are properly trained in stamping concrete and are well-equipped with high quality tools are able to ensure clients of the proper placement and the correct stamping procedures be performed. Regardless of the particular type of style or design it is that you require for projects that involve stamped concrete, you can be sure of finding exactly what you want. There are even skins and flex stamped concrete patterns that can be selected from, which offer the highest levels of flexibility. This is actually an easy achievement that will make you the envy of many. Whether you are thinking of a simple design or one of elaborate elegance for the entryway to your home or business, or you have your own special design that includes both stamped concrete and custom coloring for a long and winding driveway, stamping concrete will provide you with beauty that is impossible to find with any other process.
Wind, rain, snow, general wear and tear, and a number of other elements are all involved with eating away at your concrete driveway. The concrete absorbs water, and when water freezes it expands by 9%. Although there are certain Ammonium-based ice-melting products used for ice removal, they have a damaging effect on the surface of the concrete. It helps in preserving your investment in a concrete driveway. If water soaks in then winters will spell trouble for your driveway. In such a case you should use a Concrete Driveway Sealer.
Without question, the most popular patio material used around fiberglass pools is broom finished concrete because it is cost effective, low maintenance, and durable. It is also the patio material included in most pool companies standard packages. However, many customers prefer a more distinctive look and opt for an upgraded patio material such as stamped concrete or concrete pavers. These are the two predominant upgraded patio options around a fiberglass pool, so let’s compare the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can decide which is best for you. o Wide variety of color options available Stamped concrete is primarily composed of two colors, a base color that is added to the concrete mix or troweled into surface, and an accent color, also known as a release agent, that allows the stamp to release from the concrete an provides the antiqued look to the finish. There are literally hundreds of color combinations available to work with any setting. o Relatively low maintenance Other than re-sealing the concrete every two to three years, stamped concrete requires no routine maintenance. o Color Inconsistencies Because most stamped concrete is poured using color that is added to the concrete truck, anytime you have a concrete pour that requires more than one load there is a chance the color of the two truckloads will not match. o They are replaceable If you have a leak in your pool or there is damage to the patio you can remove and replace sections of pavers with relative ease. o It’s possible to Expand Patio in Future With pavers it is possible to add on to an existing patio with the same material and have a relatively seamless match. o Need to re-sand every 1-3 years The sand between the pavers will wash away over time and need to be replaced to insure the pavers are tightly interlocked and to reduce weed growth in joints. So there you have it! The advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular upgraded patio options used around fiberglass pools.
If ever you have an ongoing driveway construction now at your home and the professionals are properly doing their jobs, you are still allowed to share your ideas with them on certain things. When it comes to the selection of the driveway paving materials, you also have the final say. Both of them will look great on your driveway, although both have their downsides too. The paving material for your driveway should be best suited for you and your family. A concrete driveway is made of concrete that is poured over a proper sub-base. However, you have more color options with concrete, since asphalt can only achieve a few certain colors. On the other hand, if you will have no problem with oil stains when it comes to a concrete driveway, you are still faced with other stains that can be easily noticed due to the lightness of its color such as oil leaks from vehicles. Concrete driveways are the best choice for those houses in hot climates because they are immune to high temperatures. But if you really prefer to have a concrete driveway and you live a cold region, it is an utmost important to construct the base properly and fill it with compact gravel. Otherwise, frost heaving would be quite detrimental if the concrete driveway is not well-constructed. One more thing, using salt to melt the ice on a concrete type will definitely damage the driveway.
My friend who’s an interior designer definitely recommended it to me and assured me of the fantastic results without the expensive cost. The most common types of decorative concrete are colored mixtures and stamped concrete. As the named suggests, usually a mold of your chosen design is stamped to the concrete and left to dry. You can even combine the two types for a really personalized touch. It’s a great way to transform any floor or wall from a dull, monochromatic surface to a eye-catching and unique work of art, and very affordable too.
These features are different from the normal down stand rectangular beams. They can be arched or feature beams. The concrete structural strength is retained and only the facade changes from the plain surface. The features should be done on internal or external beams during the casting of concrete. The decorative beams can be cast on any floor. The internal arched beams are for openings without doors or windows. They can also be used where the window or door will have an arched top. In the external ones, they are formed between columns or walls at the entrance lobby or veranda outside. The feature ones have the pattern made inside form work sides. Two or three timber pieces of two inches thick are used to make the decorative recess on the concrete. Half round timber is used, the flat part is nailed to the side and the round part forms the recess in the concrete. The concrete is left to dry while it is being cured for at least seven days. The form work is then struck off carefully to avoid breaking the formed features. The desired painting is done with the external finishes.
This can be one of the trickiest parts of the stamping process. There are of course color swatches, the best way to pick your color from a color swatch is to pick a color from the swatch and then go back one or two colors to get the actual color that you want. There are many variables such a lighting and the other colors in the room (sofa’s, rugs drapes etc. ) that you wish to paint. This is what I call perceived vision. You will want some color differences as this will resemble the natural colors of what ever impressions or stamp that you have chosen for your project. Your next step will be to insert the concrete into your forms, you will need what is called a screed board or a 2″x 4″, the purpose of a screed board is to level out the concrete inside of your forms and to also knock down the aggregate or rocks inside the cement. Place the wet concrete inside your form work and leave it about a . Once you have gotten the concrete . You will need someone to help you with this process. At this point you will need a bull float to close the surface of the concrete. Do not worry about getting it completely flat, as once you begin to stamp it will not be flat at all. Do not get hung up on small dips or small elevation changes in the concrete. Prior to the concrete truck arriving, you will want to place the liquid release agent into a cheap garden sprayer and also get yourself some surface retardant and do the same. Liquid release simply allows you to place the rubber stamp onto the concrete without pulling off the finish of your concrete, the surface retardant will slow the set time of the concrete if you feel you are getting behind. Repeat this process until you reach the end.