Decorative Concrete has been around for about fifty years, it started in the late fifty"s as a novelty product and grew steadily until the mid seventy's when decorative concrete experienced a huge growth spurt as more contractors and designers became aware of its benefits, lower costs and beautiful Impressions in concrete. Decorative Concrete caused a major stir when it was introduced at the World of Concrete in the seventy"s and since 1978 Decorative Concrete has been one of the shows major attractions in Las Vegas.
Decorative Concrete is the process of adding texture and color to concrete to make it resemble stone, brick, slate, cobblestone and many other products found in nature including wood, fossils, shells and many more. This limitless array of possibilities combined with great durability and lower cost than natural products makes Decorative Concrete an easy choice for new construction and renovation projects.
The installation consists of pressing molds into the concrete while the concrete is still wet. Color is achieved by using Integral Color, Powder or Liquid into the cement truck. Then We Broadcast a Powder Release in an addition to the integral color on the surface of the colored concrete, before we start stamping the concrete with the molds, which provides the different shades of color in the concrete while allowing the Stamps to not stick to the concretes surface and leaving undesirable scratch marks on the surface of the concrete
The next day we come back to the job site to pressure wash the release off the stamped concrete surface. Then we saw cut expansion joints with a diamond blade saw, which any professional contractor should do to prevent the concrete from cracking while providing a professional install.
The final stage is to apply 2 coats of decorative concrete sealer, with gator grip added into the sealer. Gator grip is shark skin grinned up into tiny particles, sold by professional manufacturers around the world. It Provides a non slip resistance to the stamped concrete surface. We always add double the dosage on pool decks, were it provides sufficient non slip resistance.
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