Adding Color And Texture To Concrete

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If you are pouring new concrete in your yard, you might be thinking of ways you can make it look more stylish. That is, many people find traditional concrete to be boring and rough. You can add textures and colors to your concrete sidewalks to make them stand out a little bit. Concrete can look homey and natural if it is properly treated. This article explains some of the best options you have if you are trying to make your concrete more stylish.

Textures

Even subtle textures can do wonders for any concrete sidewalk. You can make it look more natural and unique. Most concrete textures are applied using rolled stamps. You roll the texture onto the concrete as it is drying. The most popular textures are natural stone and wood grain. The textures are subtle, and they certainly aren't meant to convince anybody that they are made out of that material. For instance, a concrete sidewalk with a wood grain texture is not going to force anybody into thinking it is actually made out of real wood. However, the texture just makes it look and feel a little better

Colors

In addition to textures, adding color to your concrete can make it even more stylish. Colored concrete looks great, especially if it matches and coordinates with the colors on the outside of your house. If your sidewalks match your walls, everything will look a little more cohesive.There are a few different methods that can be used to add color to concrete. The easiest option is to buy concrete that is already colored. That is, the actual concrete powder will be colored, so you just have to pour it like normal. However, there are also products you can add to the concrete while it is being poured or after it is dry.

Tints that you add to a concrete mixture are the most convenient and consistent. Some people prefer to add a glazed tint to their concrete after it is dry because it makes the surface smoother. A glaze is also going to help waterproof the concrete. The only drawback of glazed concrete is that it can be very slippery to walk on when it is wet. That being said, it is much nicer to walk on if you don't have shoes on. Glazed concrete is also much easier to clean because the dirt doesn't get stuck in the pores.

Even though most concrete colors are very subtle, they can add a nice style effect to your sidewalks. Contact a company like Mershon Concrete for more information and assistance. 

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3 April 2018

Make Your Walkway Wonderful

I own a small office building, and recently, I was looking for ways to improve the building's exterior. I felt that the whole office was very plain and lacked curb appeal. I want clients and business contacts to be impressed by the building and the grounds before they even step through the door. I knew that one thing I definitely needed to do was replace the crumbling walkway. I called a concrete contractor about fixing the walkway, and was impressed when he told me that I could actually make it look like a brick pathway, using stamped concrete. I decided to go for it, and it made a big difference in the appearance of the outside of the office. I think that more people should be aware of how they can use stamped concrete to improve their business's curb appeal.