There are plenty of alternative options to brick and stone for driveways and walkways. Concrete can be given some specialized treatment that can, in turn, give it a decorative and intricate treatment. The concrete’s outer skin can also be removed to reveal the aggregate underneath (this finish is often called exposed aggregate). For flat surfaces, permeable pavers can also be applied. These pavers enable water to permeate back into the groundwater. They are also durable, beautiful and environmentally friendly.
Concrete is known for its cost-effectiveness, durability and strength for a variety of applications such as driveways, patios, walkways, and floors. Concrete floors can be found in many residential settings, including high-rise condominiums or basements that are remodeled to allow additional living space, or even in slab-on-grade construction. Being a licensed decorative concrete contractor Los Angeles who maintains the highest standards, we provide personal attention to all projects.
Decorative concrete covers a huge variety of concrete treatments. Concrete treatments can involve colorants or stains that are used to create a wide range of textures and hues, or concrete can be stamped with certain patterns that imitate natural surfaces like wood planks and marble. Whether the project requires integral colorants, stamping, engraving, polishing, water or acid-based staining, or a variety of other treatments or finishes, our company provides you with unparalleled expertise in the industry. The final floor finishes integrate beauty and creativity with the durability, the practicality of concrete, and the economy. A few concrete finishing options include colored release agents, integral color, chemical staining, stamping, scoring, and a lot more specialized concrete finishes. We’ve put down a list of some of the most common decorative concrete techniques:
With scoring, shallow cuts can be created in existing concrete surfaces to indicate tile grout lines or patterns and geometric designs are simply created to differentiate colors.
Chemical staining is a coloring process that includes a chemical reaction on a specific cementitious material. Then, a solution made with inorganic salts, acid, and water reacts with minerals already existing in the concrete; color is the result of the reaction. Chemical staining allows concrete to have a mottled, variegated, marble-like appearance.
Stamping is the most popular concrete treatments, in which mold or stamp is used to wet concrete. Then, the stamp is removed, leaving behind its mimicry in the dry concrete. The imitation can create the impression of stone, brick, or many other attractive and interesting artistic patterns.
Integral color is different from chemical staining in terms of appearance and practice. It’s put in a batch of concrete to form a uniform color all through the concrete. A wide variety of colors are available, and they can be used to match closely the colors already present on a property. However, an exact match can’t always be guaranteed.
As a professional and reliable decorative concrete contractor Los Angeles, we pride ourselves with innovative designs, as well as an open mind for new and interesting looks. No job can be too big, or perhaps too small for us!