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Home Improvement: Decorating With Concrete

May 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 206

For a long time, homeowners and commercial property owners alike viewed concrete as a purely functional material, seeing it merely as something useful for bland looking sidewalks, driveways, walkways, and patios only. Then came the dawn of the decorative concrete contractor; like a traditional concrete contractor, but more open minded to the idea of this solid element being used in more creative ways. Think about what concrete is, after all -- a surface that starts off as an easily moldable material, which means that different decorations or patterns can be "stamped" into it before it dries and hardens.

Where can you use decorative or stamped concrete? One area that many homeowners are using stamped concrete on is the driveway. A number of neat patterns can be emulated here, such as brick or cobblestone. For those who want to retain the smoothness of their driveway but still make it unique and decorative, you can also have some kind of symbol inserted into the driveway, or experiment with different concrete colors.

Another location that stamped concrete is showing up in is on walkways. Decorative concrete contractors have been very creative in this realm, emulating brick and multi-colored stone, as well as adding special effects to mimic the look of aged and worn concrete. In fact, some contractors have become so skilled at this that it's tough for some to tell whether or not a walkway is made from stamped concrete or the material it is designed to look like.

If you think concrete belongs outdoors only, there are some contractors who might disagree with you. One of the places on properties that decorative concrete is really getting innovative is indoors. By utilizing a combination of special patterns and colors, contractors have been able to copy the look of stone, marble, tile, and even hardwood flooring. If there is any kind of floor pattern you'd like to have in an indoor area of your home, there's a good chance that someone skilled in concrete masonry and stamping can design and implement it for you.

There are, of course, many other places where stamped and decorative concrete makes its presence known; these are simply a few areas where it's showing up in and around the home. If you're interested in obtaining a similar look in parts of your home or its exterior, seek out a reputable concrete contractor who can add stamped patterns to their work and get busy figuring out what kind of design you want. With a material like concrete, almost anything is possible.

Shawn Farner independently authors articles for, Inc. SEM clients like Minneapolis concrete contractor Wohlwend Concrete. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author only, and not those of any other person, company, or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.

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