SLIP RESISTANT BROOM FINISHED CONCRETE
In order to make concrete surfaces slip resistant, a broom finish can be applied. This is done after placement, leveling, and troweling of concrete. Once a smooth surface has been created, a broom is dragged across the surface of the concrete to create small ridges that provide for traction control, particularly when the concrete surface is wet. Concrete surfaces without a broom finish tend to be slippery and dangerous when liquids are present on the surface.
ADVANTAGES OF EXPOSED AGGREGATE FINISHES
With an exposed aggregate finish, you can achieve spectacular effects at a reasonable cost because few additional materials (other than the decorative aggregate) and tools (beyond basic finishing tools) are required. Here are some other notable advantages of exposed aggregate finishes:
- The basic procedures are simple enough for experienced finishers to master easily.
- The surface is rugged, nonskid, and resistant to heavy traffic and weather extremes.
- Many types and sizes of decorative aggregate are available to achieve unlimited color and texture variations.
- Exposed aggregate is highly versatile and contrasts beautifully with plain concrete or other decorative treatments such as stamping, stenciling, staining, and integral coloring.
- Little maintenance is required, other than sealing and occasional cleaning.
ROCK SALT FINISH
Exposing concrete to salt isn’t always a bad thing, especially in the case of a rock salt finish-a traditional and easy method for adding subtle texture and skid resistance to plain or colored concrete. Considered a step above smooth or broom-finished concrete, a salt finish leaves a speckled pattern of shallow indentations on the concrete surface, similar to the appearance of slightly pitted, weathered rock. With the growing popularity of stamped concrete, however, the use of this finish has been waning, and many homeowners aren’t even aware of it as an option.
Other creative ways to use a salt finish:
- As a decorative border for swirl-troweled or broom-textured concrete
- In large panels bordered by bands of smooth concrete
- To add texture to colored concrete overlays
- In square or diamond-shaped panel arrangements separated by scored or sawcut joints
Get Creative With Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete, is concrete that replicates stones such as slate and flagstone, tile, brick and even wood. Ideal for beautifying pool decks, driveways, entries, courtyards, and patios, stamped concrete is the perfect outdoor paving choice.
Recently, stamped concrete has become a popular choice for many homeowners because it offers a wide array of options when it comes to concrete pattern and concrete colors. Another factor contributing to its popularity is its price. The cost of stamped or imprinted concrete is often considerably lower than the materials it is a substitute for. By imprinting patterns in freshly placed concrete, you can achieve the high-end look of stone or brick pavement-and often at a lower cost.
Concrete is the perfect canvas for creating a cost-effective replica of more expensive materials, without giving up a natural, authentic look. When choosing colors and patterns for your stamped cement, make sure they blend with other stone, tile or textured concrete elements at your residence. Even in complex designs with steps and fountains, patterns can be still be pressed into the concrete. Stamped concrete can also be used in conjunction with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate or acid staining. Popular patterns include running bond brick, hexagonal tile, worn rock or stone.
Concrete paving is often given a surface treatment to improve its traction and appearance. Traditional concrete is often left rough like the sidewalks and driveways you see around. When concrete is sand finished, it can take on a smooth, classy veneer, which resembles the hard sand at ocean beaches when a wave recedes.
Sand finishing gives concrete a lightly edged surface. Once the concrete is placed, special retardants are applied to etch away a thin film of the surface. After a curing period, the surface is scrubbed with machinery to remove and expose only the sand matrix of the mix.