Decorative Concrete 101
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Stenciled concrete gives a much more authentic appearance of real stone, tile or brick without the higher installation costs and maintenance compared to stamped concrete, pavers, or more natural and expensive products such as flagstone.
Stenciled concrete leaves a flat and even surface better suited for pool decks, walkways, driveways, and streetscape projects. There are dozens of patterns to pick from and stenciled concrete does not have the “fake” appearance that sometimes comes from stamped concrete.
Todd Rose Decorative Concrete only uses stencils from quality stencil manufacturers made in the USA, such as Decorative Concrete Impressions.
Some questions often asked about decorative concrete and stenciled concrete are answered below:
Will the color fade?
- When using a quality color hardener, following the manufacturer’s specifications, plus a quality UV protectant sealer, it should not fade. For maximum durability, the sealer should be maintained as recommended by the manufacturer.
Will stenciled concrete be harmed under freeze/thaw conditions?
- No, provided you maintain the sealer. A good sealer is the key to protecting your concrete from ice and deicing salts.
What are the advantages of stenciled concrete versus brick, stone, tile, and so on?
- Stenciled concrete can be reinforced to serve any structural need or purpose. Stenciled concrete offers the option of multi-colored, patterned, and textured designs to compliment the existing structure. It is a lower cost, lower maintenance product.
What are the advantages of stenciled versus stamped concrete?
- Stenciled concrete produces a more realistic appearance, comparable to brick, stone, tile, etc. Stenciled concrete produces a surface that contains the texture of brick, stone, or tile, and includes a realistic grout line, all in a one-step application
How many colors and patterns are available?
- 35 color hardeners
- 24 release agent colors
- 11 acid stain colors
- 24 stencil field patterns
- 7 stencil headers
- 8 stencil accent pieces
- custom-cut stencils available
Stained floors are growing in popularity all across Lincoln, Omaha, Western Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, and the entire Midwest due to their beauty, durability, ease of maintenance, and low cost.
You can hardly call this type of flooring new any more. Stained concrete floors are being used and spec’d in more and more commercial and residential floors. Nothing like acid stain or water-based stains can change plain concrete into beautiful flooring. The reasons are simple why stained concrete floors are perfect for commercial or residential flooring.
The benefits of stained concrete floors are many:
- These floors are simply beautiful and unique
- They are simple to clean and maintain
- They are not typically slippery like some polished concrete
- By combining acid stains, concrete dyes, and water-based stains there is unlimited design and color possibilities
- These floors are often in-expensive
What about cracks in your concrete?
I am often asked about repairing the cracks in concrete before I stain the concrete. I highly suggest incorporating the cracks into the stained floor. All concrete cracks. Once we educate and inform our customers of why concrete cracks and the fact that any crack “repair” will stain differently than the rest of the floor our customers begin to accept the appeal of the cracks in the concrete becoming part of the natural character of the stained concrete floor.
I have been asked to stain floors that replicate everything from an 18th century tobacco warehouse to a 17th century Tuscany home. Stained concrete has become the medium of choice for my creativity as well as several of our key concrete artisans here at Todd Rose Decorative Concrete. I am confident that if a stained floor is a major theme of your next building project Todd Rose Decorative Concrete can play a central role in the success of your project.
EXPOSED TM is our trademarked exposed aggregate decorative concrete application. Unlike exposed aggregate of the past- we do not seed the aggregate and then expose it. At TRDC we believe that the old way of seeding the aggregate leads to the aggregate popping out during the freeze thaw cycles of Nebraska.
EXPOSED TM utilizes colored concrete along with broomed, stamped, or stenciled borders and bands that allows for unlimited creativity in the design. Exposing the aggregate in concrete allows for a much less slippery surface than stamped or broom finished concrete.