[Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
What makes decorative concrete such a great choice for homeowners? There are several benefits that decorative concrete from Allied Outdoor Solutions has which make it a better choice for outdoor application. When homeowners choose decorative concrete for their Austin home, they are making a wise investment in their homes that will last for years.
What Is Decorative Concrete?
Decorative concrete in Austin is a substance created from a mixture of minerals and traditional concrete that is much stronger and more versatile than either concrete or stone. Because this material combines the best of both its component materials, it exceeds both stone and concrete in beauty, ease of installation and durability.
CarveStone decorative concrete is a coating that looks and feels like real stone but has all the benefits of concrete. This mixture of benefits gives CarveStone all the advantages of concrete but also adds the beautiful look of natural stone. CarveStone decorative concrete provides a strong coating that will withstand wear and tear and maintain its beautiful look for a long time. Because decorative concrete is so strong, it can serve as the material for a driveway, patio, deck, walkway or any other outdoor hardscape or fixture you choose.
Decorative concrete such as CarveStone is applied to 3/8-inch thickness for durability and can be carved and colored to resemble a wide variety of stone facings. All CarveStone projects are applied and grouted by hand.
Why Is Decorative Concrete Better Than Other Outdoor Materials?
CarveStone offers several benefits over other outdoor materials. First, this decorative concrete is twice as strong as regular concrete because of the infusion of minerals into the mixture that provides the feel of stone as well as the durability but stands up to as much as 6,000 psi, making it a perfect material for driveways as well as other hardscapes.
Additionally, this decorative concrete surface does not get hot to the touch in warm weather or slippery in wet weather. This means that it is perfect for use to cover a patio or pool deck. Even bare feet will remain comfortable on CarveStone surfaces, no matter what the weather, and there is no worry about an accidental slip and fall, even for older family members.
Finally, CarveStone is prepared with the greatest attention to detail. It is hand-installed without tape or stencils so every application looks like real stone. It can also be hand-designed to match any surrounding stone or other surfaces and is available in almost any color or shade.
CarveStone is made even stronger and more durable by the use of self-leveling mastic to weatherproof joints and prevent damage from water intrusion. This mastic is troweled on by hand for professional results. Sand is added to the surface of the mastic to provide a realistic surface feel.
Decorative concrete is one of the most versatile and useful additions a homeowner can possibly make. CarveStone can be installed over almost any existing concrete or other surface, making it easy to quickly update your outdoor look. Whether you want a new patio, driveway, walkway or retaining wall, CarveStone can be the easiest way to update your outdoor areas with useful and beautiful decorative concrete.