5 things you should know about decorative concrete

concrete masonry work

1 – Cost-effective

When looking at ways to improve the look and value of your property we know a beautiful design and long-lasting materials have a big part in making a decision. Choosing a cost-effective option is always a wise decision, especially when on a budget. When comparing the cost of materials and installation you’ll realize concrete is by far the best.

Reason #1 – Concrete is very durable

Reason #2 – Versatile. No matter if you are doing a driveway, patio, garden, flooring, there are plenty of options in designs and colors.

Reason #3 – Appearance. With the help of a professional, stamped concrete can look like slate or marble, and even with colored concrete, you can achieve an elegant look.

2- Easy Care

To properly clean concrete flooring you only need a weekly mopping for interiors. Depending on usage you may need to do it twice a week. If you have masonry work installed on your patio just use a brush and water to clean the bricks. It is highly recommended to avoid using overpowered water pressure to clean the masonry concrete since it can damage the surface.

3-  Durability

Concrete is highly durable when mixed right and given the proper maintenance. Cracking is inevitable as the concrete general tendency is to shrink. Usually, these cracks have no real impact on concrete’s stability or performance. A way to minimize this is using control joints which create a “weak” point in the concrete so when it changes due to moisture and temperature the concrete cracks in the control joint rather than in the slab.

4- Wide Variety of options

Using decorative concrete gives you the ability to choose from a wide range of colors, textures, and patterns giving a great look at floors, walls, and structures. Stamped concrete is a great example of a creative way and cost-effective to use concrete.

5- Resistance

Concrete is one of the materials that will withstand fire, mold, and frost. Concrete does get frozen at 18 degrees but at most what you’ll get is undesired cracks if there is no proper maintenance applied. One easy solution is to apply an acrylic silicone solvent-based sealer to their concrete. See this blog post to get more tips on concrete care in wintertime.