Building a house does not have to be a difficult and boring activity. The materials you can use to build a house depend on your budget. When you decide to make your house from concrete, there are different ways you can decorate your space. The concrete you use for decorative purposes is just the normal concrete but modified and used for aesthetic purposes. Some of the modifications are made by including other materials when pouring the concrete. Even as it is being used for beauty, this concrete does not lose the original intended purpose. Some of these materials include stamped concrete, polished concrete and stained or painted concrete.
Types of Decorative Concrete
1. Stamped concrete
This in simple terms is the addition of color and texture to concrete. The aim of this is to make the concrete appears to have a stone or brick appearance. It can also be made to resemble other things that occur in nature like shells and even fossils. It is relatively cheap to install and it is very effective and can be used in new constructions. Some of the places this is used include patios, parking lots, driveways, and even commercial roads.
2. Polished concrete
In order to polish concrete, it is passed through mechanical grinders and diamond pads which have increasing sizes of grit. The process is repeated severally to come up with an admirable grit. Even though concrete can be polished up to 800 grit, it can be further polished by adding a hardener. Some of the hardeners that are used include lithium and sodium silicate. This way, the concrete will be able to get to a grit of around 1800-3000 ad have a glassy-like finish.
3. Stained concrete
Staining can be done by using aid or water, applied on the concrete. The chemicals in the acid and the others in the concrete mix and create a new tone in the colors of the concrete after a period of 3-4 hours. The surface of the concrete is the scrubbed to get rid of the excess stain on the concrete. This way, you will be able to come up with a different shade for all the concrete slabs you are making. When you are staining, the concrete slabs indoors will tend to get the stain better than the outdoor ones. The outdoor ones take the stain less because the environment is leeched. This kind of concrete is difficult to stain without the outer layer of the concrete. The main difference between water and acid stains is that acid stains change the chemical composition of the concrete. On the other hand, water stains mainly coat the concrete to come up with the different patterns in the concrete.
How to find the best contractors
Installing these decorative concrete is not something that can be done by just any contractors. This is because it requires a level of skill that not any contractors can do. Here are some of the tips to consider when you are looking for the best contractors:
When you are looking to hire the services of contractors for installation of your decorative concrete, consider their portfolio. All contractors will always keep pictures of the work they have already done for their customers. From this portfolio, it is easy for you to determine what kind of services they offer and if they are satisfactory. The portfolio can also help you to get new ideas for your decorative concrete.
This is also a very important detail to consider before you hire any contractor. Most of the contractors with a minimum experience of 5 years are more likely to provide better services. The higher the experience of the contractors, the better the quality of services they offer. This is because they have installed many other decorative concrete and they know a thing or two about the procedure. In addition, they are also in a better position to give you advice concerning the decorative concrete.
This you can be able to identify by word of mouth of the clients they have interacted with. In addition, you can also be able to get the reviews of the firm or contractors from their website. This way, you can be able to know how they treat their customers and the quality of services they provide. From the website, you can be able to follow the conversations between the firm and their clients and how they respond to the claims.
When the firm is insured, it ensure that you cannot be held liable for anything that goes wrong. In case of any trouble during the installation, you can be able to contact the insurance cover and discuss the claim so that you can get compensated. This way, you are covered from any losses that may occur during the installation.
• The cost
Expensive does not always mean that the quality is higher. However, it is also important to avoid the contractors that offer their services for very low prices. This is because most of the people who offer services for very low prices end up being unscrupulous in their dealings. When this happens, you can run into great losses instead of saving money. Before you select a contractor, look around for other service providers. This way, you can be able to find quality services for a cheap price.
We hope you choose XX Concrete when you decide to hire a decorative concrete contractor.
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