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Enhance Your Home with Decorative Concrete

By Bravo Buffalo 0 Comment August 10, 2015

Before: Weathered and Faded

After several years, homeowners are often looking for ways to update their homes’ look. Implementing aesthetic changes to the outside of the home does not have to be an extensive process that breaks the bank. Bravo Buffalo offers plenty of options for those that are interested in modernizing or rejuvenating surfaces that may appear outdated and mundane.

After: Cleaned and Resealed

Concrete cleaning is the quickest way to enhance the beauty of your concrete. It’s often hard to tell when it’s time to get your concrete professionally cleaned because dirt and grime can build up very slowly. However, once completed, a good power wash will provide a noticeable difference.

Concrete staining is an economical and highly versatile option for upgrading the appearance of concrete. Stains allow you to add subtle hints of color or bold design accents. Notably, they penetrate deeply into concrete which provides stain-resistant, permanent color. You have a choice between acid-based chemical stains and water-based stains:

  • Acid stains react chemically with concrete, which creates natural color variation. In this case, you are limited to a specific earthen tone color palette.
  • Water-based stains, on the other hand, come in a wide variety of hues and can be mixed, much like water-based paint, to provide a personalized look.

Don’t be afraid to get creative. Instead of just staining your entire surface, consider limiting your stain to the border of your patio to provide an outline.

Concrete overlays allow you to permanently cover up surface imperfections in already existing concrete. This can be done at a much lower cost than removal and replacement. Concrete overlays can be applied in either thick or thin layers, and they will resist damage from salt, chemicals, UV exposure, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasion.

Before considering a concrete overlay, remember that not all existing concrete can be resurfaced. The underlying base must be sound, and the concrete cannot be lying on unstable soil. In these cases, total replacement is your best option.

Concrete stamping can make an extremely dramatic impression. You’ll enjoy a great amount of flexibility in terms of its design, as it can be shaped, textured and achieve any look that you can think up. It complements all architectural styles and, perhaps most importantly, can provide traction on walkways. From cobblestone driveways to stone patios, stamped concrete is often among homeowners’ top choices when enhancing the look of their homes.