|A welcoming entrance to your home|
Let's talk concrete...Do you want to start fancy or plain? Plain? Ok, let's begin at the beginning with plain old concrete. Regular concrete, delivered by the ready mix plant, will generally be a gray to white color placed with a broom finish and often edged along the sides to give it a smooth finished look. Control joints, most often placed as saw cuts, are strategically placed where the contractor believes cracking could occur. (Their purpose is to guide the crack to follow that cut. Then you never even know your concrete cracked. It is hidden in the cut! Cracks don't always obey, so don't be angry with your contractor if a crack decides to take a different route.)
Ok, how can we dress up this plain Jane concrete? What if we add a few extra saw cuts to give some pattern to your concrete. Who said you only have to have two or three cuts? What if you add a diamond pattern to your driveway? Or maybe a curved pattern like this homeowner wanted.
|Regular concrete with decorative saw cuts|
One step up would be to add integral color to the concrete. The color is added at the ready mix plant and mixed in the large drum while traveling from the plant to your home or business. Color options include grays, tans, browns, terra cotta, reds, and even green. You can keep the broom finish for a less expensive finish (less labor) but still add an upscale touch. Add some decorative saw cuts and you really having something going!
|Regular concrete with a keystone stenciled border and apron|
|Integral color, stenciled border and diamond saw cuts|
|Stamped patio with a stenciled border and Compass inlay|
Your next option would be to add a pattern and color to the entire concrete surface. This could be stamped or stenciled with your base color (either integral or using color hardener) and using a release agent with color creating a contrasting and more realistic look to the pattern. A variety of patterns and colors are available. Our friends at Deco-Crete Supply in Columbus and Orville, Ohio have a great website to view photos of decorative concrete, and you can even find their catalog of stamps available. We, at Yoder Concrete Construction, have many of these patterns as well, and all of Deco-Crete's are available for us to use.
|Stamped patio with brick stenciled border|
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If we can be of assistance, let us know! We'd be glad to help in the planning and placement of your next concrete project.