Decorative Concrete Techniques & Best Practices

Concrete has long been a staple in the construction industry, used frequently for roads and highways, industrial flooring, sidewalks, and driveways.

No longer does concrete have to be the plain, dull gray we’re all used to seeing! The experts at Concrete Designs are ready to show you how versatile concrete has become, how it can add beauty and value to your property using the newest products and techniques, how perfectly concrete can be worked to imitate many natural materials at a fraction of the cost, and the many and varied places it is now used around your home.

If you’re thinking of doing your own concrete work, please think again. With little to no knowledge of concrete, not having the proper equipment or manpower, your project will likely fail. Concrete Designs has all the knowledge and experience, equipment, and manpower necessary to complete projects quickly and efficiently while avoiding many of the pitfalls of concrete work that inexperience can encounter. A few questions and issues to consider are:

What causes surface tears in textured stamped concrete and how can this be avoided?

Generally, surface tears in stamped concrete do not cause surface degradation but may be unsightly and not blend with the overall design. These ‘tears’ are caused when the concrete is allowed to form a crust during the stamping process. An improper concrete mixture or weather conditions may be at the root of the problem. The surface should be kept moist while it is being worked.

How is curing of textured stamped concrete accomplished?

Weather plays a big part in the pouring and curing process of concrete. Avoiding times of low humidity, hot weather, and strong winds makes a big difference in the finished concrete. Pre-planning and using the proper materials such as evaporation retardant and cure and seal products requires the experience that you get with Concrete Designs.

What is trowel-finished integrally colored concrete?

Integrally colored means that color is added during the mixing process, creating solid color throughout the concrete. A smooth surface is usually achieved through troweling, often in preparation for polishing. Trowel-finishing is a labor-intensive process that needs a professional to achieve the correct finish.

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