Concrete isn't just for sidewalks anymore! If you're looking to brighten your front porch or any outdoor living space, it's important to consider all your paving options. We all want smooth concrete from our outdoor living spaces to commercial places, here are some of the things you need to know about concrete finishing!
Not Just For Sidewalks
Concrete has gone decorative, and the varieties are endless. For example, stamped concrete patio designs can mimic anything from a cobbled street to a brick patio. However, your patio will go in much more quickly and will likely be more cost effective than a labor intensive brick patio.
Custom Finishes For Beauty And Safety
Your stamped concrete patio can be treated to maintain a rough finish for safety. For example, if you live in a region known for snow and ice, a smoothly finished patio may be slick when wet. With a brushed finish, or broom finish concrete, your patio will stay rough enough to make it easy to clean. Additionally, even during heavy rains a rough surface will make for safer footing.
More Than Just Gray
While a standard asphalt sidewalk is a traditional gray, your patio or porch can be tinted to match your home, pool house or even barn. A beautifully poured and finished concrete patio adds excellent value to your home and will last for decades with little effort on your part. Just don’t forget to pressure wash as needed.
If your existing concrete porch is in good shape, you can have it stained to brighten up the surface. Be aware that the preparation process for this is critical; depending on the existing surface condition and previous treatments, the concrete may need to be etched. Contact a professional to determine the best preparation steps.
Customize and Celebrate!
Your cement porches and patios can also be customized with a layer of aggregate. By adding small stones to the wet concrete prior to curing, your patio or porch will blend in beautifully with the natural landscape. Additionally, an aggregate surface will be inherently rougher and less likely to be slippery when wet or covered with snow or ice.
Challenges of Concrete Work
Concrete is heavy and must be worked quickly. The prep work is crucial, as forms must be set before the mixing can begin to make sure that the poured concrete is captured and shaped as it's added to the space. Your Renton Paving professional will discuss your wishes and goals for your home before forms are set or concrete is poured.
A properly poured front porch or patio will be a worry-free joy for years. No matter your color scheme or design goals, you can find a beautiful tone or pattern to suit your space. Share your dreams with your concrete professional for permanent beauty! For your questions on concrete finishes such as how to finish concrete and more, contact us today and let us get your project started!
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Whether your project is building a backyard patio, sawing concrete to make way for a new concrete look or building a nice new cement driveway, we are able to help with all things concrete. To learn more and to obtain a quote, call
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