Concrete is usually strong enough for most home projects, as long as it’s mixed right. Nevertheless, the process of concrete finishing still involves strengthening the material. But after that, the process focuses more on creating a decorative surface.
It’s quite a lengthy process, from leveling, edging and floating to trowelling and texturing. The end result is a concrete that’s so smooth, you may not even identify it as concrete at all. Expert contractors can manipulate concrete to literally imitate any other material available. There’s a reason why concrete is referred to as “The new everything”.
Concrete is not just that coarse and drab surface that’s used on sidewalks and driveways. Concrete finishing enables you to use it in everything from countertops and interior flooring to concrete cabinets, bookcases and furniture. Of course, concrete is not the solution to every single installation in your home, but it can be used for a large part of your home décor.
Types of Concrete Finishing
Detailed concrete finishing needs is begun immediately the concrete is poured. Truth be told, there are dozens of complete concrete systems. And they all use various coating and texturing methods. However, they can be generally categorized into:
- Stamped Concrete -It’s the most common. 2 layers of a coloring agent and imprinting are used to create various textures. It’s best for working on new concrete installations.
- Concrete Painting -It’s the cheapest of the three. Instead of using the basic satin stain, it uses formulas such as epoxy stain that are designed specifically for concrete applications.
- Seeded Aggregate -It’s a common finish for driveways. When the concrete has been finished, small colored stones are packed into the surface.
- Concrete Staining -This one is popular for working on pre-existing concrete that’s still in relatively good condition.
- Exposed (Washed) Concrete -It makes for a high traction surface, and is popularly used on city sidewalks.
Typically, the coloring and texturing form the final stages in creating the visually stunning concrete installation.
Concrete finishing is also popular because it enhances the durability of surfaces. For instance, concrete finishing in floors makes them more resistant to foot traffic. This is regardless of whether it’s at home, or on commercial and retail floors. They neither stain nor chip. You also needn’t worry about discoloring. In addition, it eliminates the need for resurfacing or messy waxing.
It’s in our human nature to want to surround ourselves with creative expression and color. Everyone likes to be emotionally pleased by their environment. Concrete finishing gives you that opportunity. For concrete finishers you can trust, get in touch with Ocmulgee Concrete.