Perform a google search for “decorative concrete” and the results will be staggering. The finishes and applications that are considered decorative concrete have only grown over the past 20 years. There was a time when decorative concrete coating options were limited to paint or a topic stain. Now days, there is virtually no limit to what can be done to concrete to create a decorative concrete coating finish. Here are some of the more popular exterior applications:
Thin Stamped Overlays:
Creates the high definition and authentic look of conventional full depth stamped concrete without having to tear out and replace the existing concrete surface. Generally applied between 3/8″ to 1/4″ thick, thin stamped overlays created with TEXTURE-PAVE™ actually have increased strength and performance characteristics as compared to conventional concrete. Colors, patterns and textures are virtually limitless and therefore one reason why architects and property owners find thin stamped overlays one of their favorite applications for exterior and interior projects.
Splatter Texture and Knockdown Finishes:
What started out as a spray applied, non-slip coating for pool decks, driveways and sidewalks quickly transformed into one of the staple decorative concrete finishes available. Achieved with THIN-FINISH™, splatter textures and knockdowns can restore existing concrete surface and/or provide the look and feel of brick, stone, tile, etc. at an average thickness of 1/8″.
Slate Trowel Down Finish:
These are popular applications before they are easy to install and require the least amount of tools and equipment. Slate trowel down finish is just as it is implied, THIN-FINISH™ applied with a trowel to create random stone or slate textures.
Acid Stained Concrete:
Perhaps the most basic and inexpensive form of decorative concrete is simply acid staining with CHEM-STONE™ Reactive Stain. Know that acid stain colors are limited as they are made up from waste metallic salt products dissolved in low hydrochloric acid solutions. Another disadvantage of acid stain is due to the fact that these stains are translucent, any imperfections in the existing concrete surfaces will remain visible.