Concrete Finishing Techniques
Become the envy of your neighborhood by adding attractive concrete features inside and outside of your home. Concrete’s ability to be stamped, colored, stained and sculpted to resemble brick, granite, marble, slate, wood, or any rock or stone texture make’s concrete among the most versatile building materials in the industry. Add to that the per square foot cost savings when compared to many alternative materials, as well as it’s time proven durability, concrete consistently showcases itself to be a favorite of homeowners and homebuilders alike. Concrete’s final form is only limited by your imagination, so turn any decorative idea into a concrete reality.
Hand Carved Concrete
Hand Carved Concrete is a method used to mimic authentic, natural materials. From natural stone patterns, individual rocks, and wood products, our ability to replicate these materials is only limited by imagination. We ask are customers to provide us images or ideas that they have seen in a magazine or dreamed about having in their back yard or living room. We then apply a concrete mix to a vertical substrate, hand carve the pattern or design, and apply various textures until the desired look is reached.
Stamped Concrete (Flat and Vertical)
Stamping concrete adds textures and patterns to typical concrete. The finishes can be made to resemble river rock, brick, cobblestone, marble, granite, slate, flagstone, wood, tile, and many others. Stamped concretes versatility makes it ideal for patios, pool decks, interior flooring, sidewalks, and countertops. As a result of innovative concrete additives, stamped concrete techniques are now being applied to vertical structures such as indoor and outdoor walls, pillars, retaining walls, steps, fireplaces and many other vertical surfaces. Stamped concrete, accented with integral colors, color dyes, color hardeners, acid stains, and antiques, separates itself as a versatile, less expensive product compared to your traditional brick, cobblestone, slate, and flagstone materials.
Flatwork stamp patterns:
Random Cobblestone Flagstone River Rock Fieldstone Herringbone Sidewalk Slate Wood Plank Basket weave Compass Slate Skins Hexagon Slate English Slate
Vertical Stamps Patterns:
Tight Stack Fieldstone Limestone Block Old Castle Block Brick
Acid stain is a water-based mixture of acid and inorganic salts that chemically reacts with minerals present in cured concrete. Acid staining must be applied to a high quality surface for the coloring to take effect and is therefore ideal for brand new and/or overlayed surfaces. The resulting finish is a permanent surface layer of color(s) that can be varied to resemble marble, granite, wood and many other finishes. Due to the mildly unpredictable nature of acid stains, acid stain coloring can vary from project to project with different coloration often arising even on the same job. The mottled color variations are to be expected and add unique characteristics to each project so that no two jobs are the same.
Sculptured brick is a decorative concrete system that can be applied to nearly any indoor or outdoor vertical surface. Sculptured brick surfaces add beauty and value to your property for a fraction of the cost of authentic bricks. Sculpting brick requires a scratch coat followed by mortar layers. An example of sculptured brick at the original Sticky Lips BBQ is shown from right to left below; scratch base coat, mortar mix, color layer, and hand sculptured brick:
Sculptured Brick Process