[Posted on March 25th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
Replacing your old concrete with new decorative styles can breathe new life into your home’s exterior. Used for patios, walkways garden paths, retaining walls and driveways, the possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating decorative concrete in Houston into your outdoor landscape. Replace that tired, cracked concrete in your Houston home with something that will stand out. Hiring a professional contractor is the best way to approach the installation of your decorative concrete, due to the delicate nature and precision that concrete demands.
Concrete Makes a Bold Statement
If you’ve been considering decorative concrete in Houston for your outdoor landscape, you be investing in an ornamental, yet durable addition to your home. Perfect for meandering garden paths, retaining walls for your garden and pool areas, decorative concrete can withstand almost anything — even the hot Houston sun. Decorative concrete is available in a variety of designs, such as cobblestone, and match the décor of almost any home. Decorative concrete is also naturally textured, providing a no-slip surface that is ideal for your pool area or anywhere else that gets wet frequently.
Transform Drab into Daring
If you feel your walkway or driveway appears outdated against the backdrop of your home, enlist the help of your local concrete contractor to remove the old layer and install something fresh and bold. Increase your home’s curb appeal with customized decorative concrete features that will enhance all preconceived notions of standard gray concrete. Adding patterns and texture through the imprint of stamps in fresh concrete can afford you the upscale look of stone or brick with a much lower price tag.
Because the installer has to cut and place individual objects, installing natural stone and brick is much more labor intensive and expensive, not to mention the inherent cost of those natural materials. With decorative concrete, the cement is simply poured, textured and colored all in one slab. Concrete is much easier to manage in terms of maintenance, as there are no open spaces in between where weeds can grow and crack the concrete.
Stamping for Texture
Stamps for concrete are typically made of rubber or polyurethane to add texture, as opposed to older models that used to be made from metal and were not much in the way of texture. With dozens of patterns to choose from, it’s easier than ever to incorporate anything from stone to slate patterns with many variations. For added depth, try a decorative overlay to rejuvenate your old concrete. This substance is made up of aggregates, resins and cement, usually the consistency of thick paint. It is used to customize a surface through dying, staining, scoring and stenciling the surface. For a unique splash of color, add in coloring options to the surface for stunning multi-toned effects through a layering process.
There is no end to the possibilities inherent in decorative concrete in Houston. Contact your local contractor today to review samples and begin transforming you home!