Decorative Concrete Oxnard CA
Stamped concrete, otherwise known as imprinted concrete, is a decorative concrete that mimics brick, cobblestone, slate, stones, tile, and even wood. Because of the patterns and designs that are available, stamped concrete is a popular choice for driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks. Homeowners love this option as it is much more affordable compared to natural stone and brick.
Once a colour has been decided and the concrete mix has been poured, the concrete is stamped to give it the desired design. Typically stamps are put into mimic a traditional design such as brick but circular designs have become more popular in recent times. This concrete style goes very well with other decorative concrete to get a perfect look for your home.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Exposed aggregate concrete is a concrete style that's commonly used on driveways and pathways. It's probably something you have seen your whole life but never been able to put a name on. Exposed aggregate is distinct as you can visibly see sediment on the surface. The aggregate part of this equation is the sand, gravel, stone, and other sediments in the concrete mix. Once the concrete mix has been poured, the top layer is taken off to "expose" the beauty below. An added benefit of this concrete style is the extra traction you get from the texture.
Exposed aggregate and stamped concrete can go very well together when mixing and matching designs. A popular design style is to have an exposed aggregate with a stamped concrete border.
While concrete is one of the best materials to work with, on its own it can be a bit bland if its left in its regular form of just grey. Staining concrete opens a whole new avenue of colours and design opportunities for you concrete projects. Staining can be a good option for both indoor or outdoor concrete projects.
There are generally two methods of staining, pseudo acidic solutions and water-based acidic solutions. The pseudo method is basically just a layer of paint that goes on top of the concrete and creates more of an opaque layer. We usually don't recommend this option as the layer on top can start to crack and may require touch-ups. With the acidic solution, there is a chemical reaction with the concrete and the concrete itself changes colour compared to just a layer added on top like a paint. This type of staining creates the truly beautiful translucent designs and colours such as marble.
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