Concrete has come far from being an ordinary building material. Modern concrete can mimic the formal and expensive appearance of granite and marble, the raw quality of asphalt, an even the rustic look of clay bricks.
Polished Concrete Floors
Polished concrete floors are popular options for commercial and business establishments. You can use polished concrete floors in your house, making it appear like marble or granite. Polished concrete is less expensive, customisable, and easy to maintain.
Even if damaged, concrete crack repair products are readily available and easy to use. Sealed concrete floors require less cleaning and are easier to clean. You can modify your current concrete floor and have it polished if you want to retain its original look. You can even adjust the level of sheen you want on your floor, from dull to highly reflective.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete for the Pavement
If you want an asphalt-like look for your pavement, you can opt for exposed aggregate concrete. It is more durable and less likely to chip compared to asphalt. It provides the same grip as asphalt in dry or wet conditions, which is especially important if you have a sloped driveway. It is less vulnerable to changing temperatures and erosion brought about by the elements or other outside forces.
Stamped Concrete and Pavers for the Garden
Stamped or patterned and textured concrete can resemble various materials — tiles, bricks, flagstones, and even wood. You can make a stylised garden path that’s both decorative and functional. You can line your plants with concrete pavers breaking the monotony and adding a sense of unity and order.
Concrete is durable, easy to maintain, and can appear in almost any way you want it to. It is one of the best — if not the best — materials you can use in your home.