Decorative concrete is fast becoming known as the “green” alternative of building materials. The trend now is green building, and decorative concrete is on the cutting edge because it is an environmentally friendly building material, extremely durable, and aesthetically versatile. Concrete also helps reflect sunlight which reduces heat, and this natural method of cooling helps reduce energy costs in buildings and homes.
Category: Concrete Maintenance
Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in the world of construction, and can be found just about anywhere you look. Stamped concrete, in particular is prized for its durability and visual appeal, and can be used in situations where the concrete is meant to imitate another, more expensive materials.
Maintaining your exterior concrete is simple: keep it clean and sealed. Decorative or stamped concrete should be sealed after about a week, depending on the type of sealer and the type concrete. Sealer is especially important on stained concrete to maintain color. The sealer also protects the concrete from staining from traffic. Sealer should be reapplied every two years or whenever the finish starts to dull.
An exterior concrete patio is a wonderful extension of the home which is brought outdoors. A patio can be built around a pool, or as a place for seating, tables, and an outdoor grill for the whole family to enjoy. And concrete is one of the best construction materials to build a patio with because it’s affordable, low maintenance, and visually versatile.
Stamped concrete is a technique that allows craftsmen to make concrete look like brick, slate, flagstone, ceramic tiles, inlaid stone, and even wood. There is a huge variety of colors and patterns available and the effects can be incredibly intricate or fairly simple, depending on the owner’s taste and needs. Stamped concrete can be used anywhere: a driveway, deck, as a floor in your home, an outdoor walkway–anywhere you want a beautiful, durable surface! Concrete provides a wonderful canvas for creating the illusion of very expensive materials at a price range within everyone’s budget.