Design Enhancements to Make Your Concrete Walkways Unique
The installation of sidewalks, concrete stairs, or other concrete builds all starts with perimeter forms and expansion joints to ensure that your surface area will be durable and long-lasting.
Concrete is typically gray in coloring, but it doesn’t have to drab and plain. There are plenty of ways that you can enhance the design of your concrete to make it unique and visually appealing. While parking lot/parking lot repair, retail and building slabs and industrial floor repair jobs are all mostly done with concrete, these instances won’t usually call for unique designs.
Making Old Concrete Look New with Smoothing and Stamping Techniques
The great thing about working with concrete is that existing concrete that is damaged can often be repaired easily without pulling up all of the old. Creating stamped concrete is a great way to do this. You can use floor leveling and floor surfacing techniques by filling in the gaps and smoothing it out, before applying the stamping designs of your choice, and perhaps even a colored sealant if you want to be bold by going with something other than the traditional gray color that is usually seen. Stamping can be costly in some cases, but it gives amazing end results.
Other Popular Concrete Decorating Options
- Aggregate Exposure
Aggregate finishes can look absolutely phenomenal on concrete surfaces. With this technique, the actual cement is washed away, so that the rock surface below is exposed. Pea gravel, decorative stone, or any number of things can be used to give your sidewalk a touch of creative flair.
Staining sidewalks and other concrete pathways is an easy and affordable way to make your paved areas decorative. Acrylic stains, acid stains, or even faux finishing can be done to make the areas vibrant.
This is a cheap option to give your concrete sidewalk a good seal, and uniqueness. There are multiple colors that are available, and there is only one-step to the process. Even a novice can create a colored concrete sidewalk with ease. Sealant with or without color helps to protect concrete from harmful elements such as extreme temperatures and chemicals. If a concrete walkway, driveway, or sidewalk does happen to become chipped over time, then colored sealant can help to disguise the flaws.
Before deciding on any specific concrete enhancements, we recommend that you contact a contractor that specializes in building with concrete. Only a professional can give accurate advice on what types of products or services would be best for your particular needs.