Different Types of Concrete Finishes
Concrete is a strong, durable, and long-lasting construction material, but it lacks aesthetic features – or at least it used to. We’re all accustomed with the plain, gray look of concrete surfaces, and only a few of us can say that they actually find it attractive. In other words, concrete does not provide much aesthetic beauty to a surface. However, this is ought to change, as concrete surfaces can now be finished. Here are some of the most common types of finishes that you can choose for your concrete work.
Washed or exposed concrete
As the name tells, this type of finish features exposed aggregates that are being cleared off by a jet of water. As soon as the concrete has settled and had time to cure a bit, the contractor will remove the top layer in order to reveal the aggregates inside the concrete. Pressurized water is used in the process. Exposed concrete is usually used in areas where increased traction is desired.
A color pigment is added to the concrete mix, which will turn the finished product into a colorful concrete surface. Obviously, you can choose whatever color you want. Even more, you can choose different colors and apply them in all sort of patterns. This will definitely make your concrete surface far more appealing. As you may have guessed, this finish is used mostly for aesthetic purposes.
This finish is very similar to exposed concrete in the way that they both increase traction over the surface. However, the broom finish offers a far more elegant look. Once the concrete has been poured and a certain amount of time has passed, the contractor will broom the concrete work.
Using special stamps and forms, you can create a rather unique pattern and design for your concrete surface. This finish is very popular and offers both increased traction and aesthetic benefits.
If you want to find out more about concrete finishes, then contact Rossetti Concrete Construction LLC. We have many years of experience in the business and numerous satisfied clients in Canonsburg, PA. Our phone is (412) 852-0406. Call us if you have any questions.