How To Add Style To Concrete

by Grace Motley

There are many ways to make the sidewalks on your property a little more stylish. You can install custom pavers and tile pathways, but you should not overlook basic concrete. That is, not all concrete has to look gray and boring. There are quite a few ways you can add some style to any concrete surface. This article compares some of the best ways to add color, texture, and style to your concrete.

Textured Finishes

There are quite a few different unique textured finishes that can be applied to any concrete surface as it is being poured. Usually, textured finishes are applied using special stamp-like devices. Embossed rollers basically transfer the design onto the concrete while it is wet. The most popular finishes are those that look like natural stone. For instance, you can find products that have a stone texture and marbling. Other popular finishes even have the look of tile pathways, complete with grout lines. Of course, having a concrete product is going to be far more durable and easier to take care of than a sidewalk that is made out of pavers or tile.

With pavers, you always have to worry about the individual pieces moving around over time. Similarly, with tile pathways, you need to worry about the vulnerable grout lines. Not only do you need to spend more time keeping up these surfaces, but they are also going to be more expensive to install.

Adding Color

There aren't many flooring options that are as cheap and low maintenance as concrete. Not only can you add stylish textures to your concrete, but you can also add color. Adding color to your concrete will make it look warmer and more natural. For instance, you could add a color that matches the fences and walls on your home. This is a great way to make everything on your property look a little more coordinated.

Glazed Finishes

Some homeowners will even add glazed finishes on top of their concrete. The glaze finishes make the concrete feel a little softer. It is definitely more comfortable to walk on glazed concrete, especially if you don't have shoes on. The only drawback to glazed concrete finishes is that they can be slippery when wet.

As you can see, there are many ways you can make concrete more stylish. It is definitely worth investing a little extra money to make your concrete look a little more dynamic. Contact a concrete driveway service for more information.