What is Decorative Concrete?
The umbrella term ‘decorative concrete’ refers to a number of different techniques that will enhance the decorative qualities of regular, grey concrete. We use a wide variety of techniques to create a number of different patterns, designs, colors, and qualities. We can achieve unique, customizable looks through:
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Decorative concrete serves as an integral part of many structures such as walls, patios, floors, and driveways, while also providing another function: aesthetic appeal. All of our decorative concrete flooring options in New York City are low-maintenance, hypoallergenic, and built to last.
A water-based or acid-based mixture is used to create either a chemical reaction (acid) or a chemical overlay (water) to produce a desired outcome in color and appearance. Acid based stains are great for warm, earthy, and brown colors; the color is achieved when the mixture reacts with the lime content in the concrete. Water based stains are fantastic for precise, vibrant, and translucent colors; this is not a chemical reaction like acid based stains. Rather, it can be thought of as a coating that bonds to the concrete. Both will stand the test of time.
We add various levels of color and texture to make your concrete look like anything you want it to! This can include shells, fossils, patterns, wood, cobblestone, brick, slate, stone, and more! The limit is simply your imagination. While the concrete remains in its moldable state, we use molds to press certain patterns into the concrete; we use acid stains, color hardeners, dry shakes, liquid releases, and other techniques to imbue color into the design.
Polished concrete is an ideal solution for owners who need to cover a large area – such as a warehouse, commercial kitchen, hospital, or factory – with quality, reliable flooring. Polished concrete is easy to maintain, looks absolutely stunning, and helps protect anyone who walks on the surface. Polished concrete is often used in hospitals and kitchens for its hypoallergenic and anti-microbial properties; polished concrete is also used in factories and machine shops due to its ability to handle extreme forces and heavy loads.
Instead of a stain that relies on a chemical reaction, dyed concrete relies on a dye to achieve the desired color. While recent technology has increased the durability and longevity of dyes used for concrete, it is expected to fade in outdoor applications. This is why it is mostly used for interior purposes. For outside surfaces like patios, garages, etc? we recommend acid-stains or water-based stains for color and design.