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Hello, my name is Tony and this is my concrete installation and maintenance blog. I am not a professional concrete contractor but I am very passionate about DIY. My dad was a contractor and when I was growing up he taught me all kinds of neat tips and tricks. Once time, he took me out into the yard and made me inspect the concrete wall. The concrete was crumbling away, exposing the metal bars beneath. My father explained that this was concrete cancer and then demonstrated how to repair the damage. I hope you find my blog useful and entertaining.

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Benefits of Decorative Concrete on a Residential Property

by Eileen Jordan

If you're considering what paving to use around your yard, on the driveway or patio, why not consider decorative concrete? Here are several benefits.

Diverse Looks

Decorative concrete can be customised to harmonise with virtually any environment. For instance, you could install stamped concrete. To create this, after the concrete is poured, contractors place stamping moulds on the cement to give it texture. You can choose from numerous stamping mats. For example, you could create the impression of bluestone cobbles on the driveway if you have a heritage house. Otherwise, cover the patio with sandy Mediterranean concrete that mimics porcelain tiles. Contractors also apply various colour techniques to mimic the colour fluctuations of natural substances.

Avoid Paver Problems

Decorative concrete can mimic pavers while avoiding many of the associated problems. For example, continuous concrete doesn't allow weeds to sprout across the surface, which happens on interlocking paver exteriors. If your driveway or patio covers a large area, the regular weeding required can be a lot of work. Another problem you avoid with decorative concrete is the uneven surfaces caused by individual pavers sinking lower than others. Because concrete forms a connected area and is not made up of individual pavers pieced together, it doesn't experience this issue.

Create any Shape

Decorative concrete can be poured to create any shape. For example, it produces smooth edges on an arched driveway. You can also create a winding patio or one with straight edges. You'll have a seamless border regardless of the area. On the other hand, pavers can sometimes create ragged borders, especially if the paving edge is curved and convoluted.

Low Maintenance

Decorative concrete forms low-maintenance facades, and it doesn't require much upkeep. However, it's a good idea to seal the paving with either a penetrating or topical sealant to protect the surface. A penetrating sealant seeps into the pores and stops them from taking on stains. It doesn't change the appearance of the concrete. On the other hand, a topical sealer forms a protective cover, and it can darken and add lustre to the colours. A concrete company can advise you on what's best for your surface. 

Once that's done, the area may simply need a sweep or clean with a leaf blower. Concrete can handle external elements such as sun, rain and hail and often lasts for decades. It doesn't rot, warp or become infested with termites. Plus, concrete is strong and can handle the cars on a driveway. Contractors may reinforce the concrete by submerging steel mesh inside. To learn more, contact a concrete company

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