When deciding whether to repair or replace existing concrete, check the facts.
Unless the concrete is damaged beyond repair, decorative concrete is a much more cost-effective alternative. There are many myths and downright falsehoods floating around about the use of decorative concrete, the top 10 being addressed here.
1 – Decorative concrete tends to crack – It’s a fact of life that all concrete is subject to cracking over time. The methods and procedures used in laying decorative concrete keep this danger to a minimum.
2 – Decorative concrete doesn’t last – Decorative concrete is, quite simply, concrete that has designs stamped into it. When properly laid, it is just as long-lasting as regular plain concrete.
3 – The color in decorative concrete fades – Untrue. The colors used are permanent. A simple application of sealant every few years keeps the color bright and looking like new.
4 – The colors will flake off – Again, the color is permanent. Should any flaking occur, most likely it will be sealant that has not been properly applied and is easily fixable.
5 – Color mixed into the concrete is better – This is not true. There are two ways to color the concrete and both have pros and cons, depending on the look you wish to achieve. Integral is color blended into the concrete and has a more limited range of final effect. Surface color hardener often gives better detail to the stamping and offers a wider range of color combinations.
6 – Decorative concrete looks shiny and fake – Nothing could be further from the truth. Options for the finished appearance vary from matte to high gloss, depending entirely on the sealant used.
7 – Decorative concrete is slippery – Perhaps true at some time in the past, but no longer. Special additives have been developed that, when added to the concrete, gives a gritty, non-slip surface. This makes it perfect for pool decks, sidewalks, and patios.
8 – Weather causes problems – Extreme weather conditions are not an issue when you contact an expert in your area. In Florida, for example, Concrete Designs is an experienced decorative concrete company that specializes in dealing with Florida’s climate. They will know the perfect blend designed specifically for your conditions.
9 – The stamp impression is uneven – The concrete is drying as it’s in the process of being stamped. Professionals know all about this issue and take steps to prevent it.
10 – Pavers are better – Rarely is this the case. Pavers are costlier and more labor-intensive to place. Also, they often shift and become uneven, leaving cracks between the stones for grass and weeds to invade.