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Popular Types of Decorative Concrete

These days, decorative concrete is gaining popularity as a way to enhance a dwelling or a building. There are several types of decorative concrete options that the homeowner or building owner might like to choose from.

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Stamping is one of the options that a building owner might like because it not only adds to the appearance of the place but also has some texture and form which is also visually appealing. The concrete slab that is to be resurfaced is basically changed to look like natural stones or slate. The bumpiness of some stones can be achieved through stamping the concrete while it is still malleable and the same goes to adding the texture and design. This kind of decorative concrete is very popular because a lot of homeowners and building owners like to have a natural feel in their place but at the same time do not want to abuse the natural resources of the planet. The development of stamped concrete helps contractors and builders meet the demands of their clients and at the same time limit the exploitation of natural rocks and stones.  It is also cheaper compared to using actual rocks and stones.

The downside to stamped concrete is that the color usually fades after just a few years. Fading and degradation are further accelerated when it is exposed to the elements when it is outdoors. There are some recoloring options with regards to renewing the faded color of the stamped concrete which the contractors can offer their clients.


Polished concrete is also a popular option that many building designers have presented to their clients. This kind of decorative concrete option comes in different forms; from shiny and slippery to sandy and rough. Many designers recommend putting on a smooth and shiny finish to the concrete slab base instead of opting for the more expensive marble or granite flooring.  Since most, if not all constructions have a concrete slab base on which a floor can be put on; many contractors can help their client cut cost by using the slab and polishing it. A smooth and shiny floor can be very presentable for the lobby while flooring with aggregates can be utilized for places which need to be anti-slip. The degree of polish for concrete can reach up to 3000 grit, which is as shiny as marble or granite but more durable than both. An expert concreter like Master Concrete is needed for complicated designs of polished concrete.