Concrete Repair and Maintenance Ideas and Strategies

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Concrete Repair and Maintenance Ideas and Strategies

Hi, my name is Kent, and I have taken care of a lot of concrete over the years. I have acid stained it, laid it myself, repaired small blemishes and hired concrete contractors to do work for me. Through all of those experiences, I have learned a lot about concrete, and I am eager to share that information with others. If you want tips or ideas related to concrete, you have come to the right place. Please, get comfortable and explore. I hope you enjoy this blog and that it informs and inspires you. When I'm not writing or dealing with concrete, I love to travel. I also work as an engineer and spend a lot of time on home remodeling projects.

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Advantages of Choosing Decorative Concrete for Your Home

One way to create beautiful hardscape elements around a home is to spread decorative concrete around the yard. Here are several advantages to consider.

Cost and Design Control

Decorative concrete can mimic other more expensive materials, such as natural stone pavers, while being more economical. Plus, you have many design options to choose from, allowing you to alter the cost to make the decorative concrete more economical or expensive.

For example, select a design that uses one gold-beige colour and a simple pattern of square sandstone pavers. This simple treatment would be more economical than a complex treatment. For complicated paving, you might opt for two or three colours to mimic the natural variances of slate tiles, for instance. You could also pick an intricate border to add visual appeal. The most expensive decorative concrete could involve contractors hand staining different sections, and saw-cutting paver joins into the surface. Remember that the paving dimensions will also impact the cost. A bigger paving area will use more concrete and require more labour to decorate.

Harmonise With the Environment

Because decorative concrete is so versatile, it provides you with the freedom to harmonise the paving with your home. You can match it to any architectural style as so many moulding stamps and colours are available. If you have to have a heritage house, you may opt for a cobbled bluestone driveway look. For a modern property, you could choose large square faux travertine pavers in cream and ivory. You can also customise the texture to mirror other hardscape features.

Safe and Long-Lasting

The textures of decorative concrete make it a safe paving material. Plus, you can add sealants with gritty anti-slip additives to increase traction further. Additionally, concrete can withstand all the natural elements, such as sunshine and rain. It doesn't rot or warp like timber decking, nor will it attract termites to the property. However, concrete is porous, so make sure to seal the paving as recommended to create a protective shield.

A penetrating sealant will line the pores and help to prevent stains and damage. This sealant type won't change the appearance of the concrete. On the other hand, a topical sealant forms a coating over the concrete. You can select a more or less shiny option. Topical sealants can create a wet look and bring out the vibrancy of the hues. Once you've sealed the paving, it will essentially look after itself with little upkeep.