Concrete Patio

Concrete Patios

Concrete patio design options and function

Stamped Concrete – Exposed Aggregate Finish – Chemical Acid Stain Concrete – Engraved Concrete – Painted or Coated Concrete – Broom Finished – Concrete Paving or Patio Stones

Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete Patio
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Stamped Concrete by design is one of the most versatile and colorful design options when it comes to creating a patio, walkway or driveway. Stamped concrete allows for the addition of integral color that gets blended into the mix during the placement of the cement as well can have a variety of surface colors as well as patterns added to the finish.

Main Feature: The widest variety of texture, color and patterns available. Limitless design and finish options.

Benefits: It becomes a solid one piece concrete slab that is great for stopping weeds and is relatively easy to clean, can be designed to blend in with any decor or setting.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning and occasional re-sealing every couple of years or so based on wear, climate and usage.

Look and feel: Stamped concrete mimics natural products and can resemble flagstone, brick, natural stone, slate, and other rock, tile, and stone patterns.

Exposed Aggregate

Exposed Aggregate
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A great way to add pizazz to a normally gray concrete finish. Exposed aggregate can have many different styles determined mainly by the pebble or aggregate used. The finish is designed to show off the stone found in the concrete and is very durable, your wear surface is rock and very long lasting.

Main Feature: A durable timeless finish that goes with many styles and decor settings.

Benefits: Exposed aggregate is a common finish that can be done in many settings, it offers slip resistance and is very hard to damage.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning but may require occasional pressure washing to remove grit from between the aggregate occasional re-sealing every couple of years or so based is also recommended

Look and feel: Exposed aggregate looks like a field of small stones or pebbles and has an accu-pressure kind of feel on the bottom of your feet.

Chemical Acid Stain Concrete

Acid stain patio

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The leading permanent surface color treatment for concrete and cement based surfaces. Available in a variety of earth tone colors these stain are colorfast, naturally variegated, and have a high end finished appearance.

Main Feature: A natural looking color solution and great way to decorate the surface of a concrete slab without the need for a coating or sealant.

Benefits: Won’t peel, flake, or fade and chemically bonds to become a permanent part of the concrete’s surface.

Maintenance: Unsealed may require pressure washing to remove absorbed grit and debris adding a sealer can help with maintenance, staining and deepen the color. Re-sealing every couple of years or so is also recommended

Look and feel: The surface colors are natural earthy, variegated shades. And can be very rich in tone. Rusty, patina colors are expected.

Engraved Concrete
Engraved Concrete

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This hand carved pattern is one way to create a realistic rock design. Engraving concrete can also include the use of diamond blade cutting wheels to cut a brick, tile or decorative pattern. Engraving is done whenever a grout pattern is desired.

Main Feature: A great way to create a pattern or design with a grout line mimicking real inlaid stone, tile or brick.

Benefits: Has the look of inlaid stone or brick while still being one solid continuous slab of concrete thereby eliminating grout cracking, separation and weeds from growing.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning methods apply and resealing should be done every couple of years or so.

Look and feel: Can look and feel extremely realistic while remaining clean and functional.

Painted or Coated Concrete
Coated Concrete

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Professional grade concrete stains and coatings are a cost effective way to add color and design to an outdoor patio concrete slab. Similar in color to paint concrete stains absorb into and add color and decor to normally drab surfaces.

Main Feature: A relatively simple and cost effective way to add color, patterns or designs to a plain gray concrete slab.

Benefits: Can have virtually limitless choice of color and pattern as it all depends on the ability of the installer.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning methods apply and resealing should be done every couple of years or so.

Broom Finished Concrete
Broom finished concrete

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Broomed finished concrete is the best way to add a decorative, slip resistant, functional finish to a freshly placed concrete slab.

Main Feature: A relatively simple and cost effective way to add functional finish, patterns or designs to a newly placed plain gray concrete slab.

Benefits: Easy, Functional, and cost effective.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning methods apply usually pressure washing and if its been sealed should be resealed every couple of years or so.

Look and feel: Has a pattern of brush strokes or broom marks. Gives a grip but shouldn’t be too aggressive.

Decorative Stenciled Masking
Stencil pattern design

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Concrete Stencils are a great way to add a unique decorative accent to a patio or driveway they create a focal point and a great conversation starter.

Main Feature: A beautiful and effective way to add decorative element, patterns or designs to a plain gray concrete slab.

Benefits: Unique, high end look and feel.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning methods apply usually pressure washing and if its been sealed should be resealed every couple of years or so.

Look and feel: Can be colored and layered creating a old world rustic or aged hand crafted insignia.

Paving or Patio Stones
Concrete Patio Stones

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Patio or Paving stone have been around for years. As they are pre-manufactured elements, these stones, bricks and blocks are engineered and consistent. Design possibilities are endless.

Main Feature: They are bountiful in color and design, and patterns can be customized based on layout.

Benefits: Consistent, easily replaceable, guaranteed look and outcome.

Maintenance: Standard cleaning methods apply usually pressure washing and if its been sealed should be resealed every couple of years or so, also weed killing in the joints, and shifting pavers may need to be reset.

Look and feel: Feels like a concrete slab without the benefit of weed stopping between the stones. Can match any decor or design setting.

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