Concrete Finishes

Stamped Concrete

Through the use of stamped concrete, a skilled landscaper can concrete a patterned look to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, and even wood. Especially when color is added, the faux look of these more expensive hardscapes can be achieved without the high expense through the use of stamped concrete. This technique can be used to add character, texture, depth, and visual interest to pool decks, driveways, entryways, courtyards, and patios.

Stamped concrete offers lots of color and pattern options to choose from, and it is easy to blend its use with other hardscape elements within a yard such as those made from brick, slate, flagstone, stone, and tile. Stamped concrete designs can even be used on vertical objects such as steps and fountains. Moreover, it can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes and acid-etched staining. So, let our designer help you to plan for an economical way to add interest, rich detail, and design to the patios and walkways of your landscape through the use of durable, stamped concrete.

Exposed-Aggregate Surfaces

Want to add more texture and safety to your driveway, patios, and walkways? We can use exposed-aggregate surfacing techniques to help your concrete obtain a surface that is rugged, skid resistant, and more durable and resistant to heavy traffic, tire marks, and weather extremes. An exposed-aggregate surface is obtained by removing the outer cement paste (the smoothing finish) from fresh poured concrete with the intent to uncover the decorative coarse aggregate underneath. Because of its durability and skid resistance, an exposed-aggregate finish is ideal for use in sidewalks, driveways, patios, pool decks, and plazas. Its finishes are not limited in use to just walking and driving surfaces; they can also be used to add texture, depth, and aesthetic interest to retaining walls and other vertical surfaces.

Our designer can help you choose from the many types and sizes of decorative aggregate which are available to achieve a full array of color and texture variations. You can use exposed-aggregate surfaced concrete either alone or in beautiful contrast with plain concrete or other decorative treated concrete such as stamped, stenciled, stained, or integral colored.

Salt Finish

A salt finish is also an economical way to add interesting detail and texture to your driveways, walkways, decks, and patios. A salt finish can be added to standard gray or colored concrete. It involves rolling rock salt into the poured concrete at a precise time. After it has dried, the concrete is washed to dissolve and remove the salt. The finished outcome leaves small holes in the concrete where the salt was. Let our landscape designer help you to explore and determine the perfect concrete finishing methods and techniques that best fit your overall taste and long-term needs. Our skilled concrete masons can then make your vision a reality.

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An intricate design of stamped squares bordered by a smooth finish bands sets this driveway apart from all others. Check out the before and after photos of this job coming soon!

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This example of leaf imprints gives a fossil appearance to your concrete. When applied randomly, your custom concrete becomes an extension of your home complete with accents and motifs.

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This example provides a classic look of large slate tiles without the maintenance or cost of real stone. The ability to create the color you want, not just what is available gives decorative concrete an advantage when choosing an outdoor living space.

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This photo shows the contrast of a stamped concrete walkway next to the ordinary gray broomed driveway.