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Surface Finishing Options For Your Concrete Project

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When you're having a concrete floor, driveway or patio poured, you need to think about the way you want to finish it. There are many different ways to finish concrete surfaces, and understanding your options will allow you to choose a finish that fits your style and personality. Here's a look at some of the most common options for finishing your concrete.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is also known as imprinted or textured concrete. The surface of the concrete is actually stamped to look like stone, wood or tile. With concrete stamping, you can create virtually any look you want.

Stenciling Concrete

Concrete stenciling is another decorative option that allows you to create a custom look similar to stamping. Stenciling is usually quick to apply because you can do all of the work from outside the actual form, allowing you to apply the stenciling while the remaining area is still being poured. Stenciling creates a flatter, smoother finish on the surface than stamping because it isn't applied as deep into the surface.

Float And Trowel Concrete

With a float and trowel finish, you can create most any pattern or design in the surface of the concrete. You'll also have the flexibility to create as coarse or smooth a surface texture as you want by choosing different tools. The deeper you put the texture into the concrete, the more textured the final surface will be. Wood floats will create a more textured finish than an aluminum float or a steel trowel.

Broom Finished Concrete

Sweeping your concrete when it's still curing allows you to put the texture of the broom bristles into the surface of the concrete. It's not a fancy, intricate surface design, but it produces a non-slip finish that is easy to deal with. You can create some decorative finishes with brooms by running the broom in several directions, though it's best to work the broom in a side-to-side motion.

Rock Salt Concrete

Rock salt finishes create a speckled pattern with shallow, small indentations across the surface of the floor. It makes your concrete floor look like weathered, pitted rock. You can create this by spreading rock salt crystals across the floor and then pressing them into the concrete. When you wash the floor, it dissolves the crystals and leaves the holes behind.

Concrete finishes are as versatile as the concrete forms themselves. If you're working with concrete, consider one of these finishes to set it apart from the standard smooth surface.

For more information or advice, contact a company such as Larry Jacob Construction.