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Connor's Guide to Concrete Welcome to my new blog! My name is Connor and this my concrete blog. Concrete may seem like a pretty boring subject. But it is only boring if you do not understand the incredible possibilities. When the interior designer I was working with suggested that I install some concrete inside my home I thought he was crazy. I thought concrete was only used for the floor of your garage, your carport or for a patio area. However, when I saw the possibilities that polished concrete offered me in terms of looks and functionality, I was sold! I hope you like my blog.



Trends in Decorative Concreting You Could Consider For Commercial Flooring

Despite the universal appeal of concrete as a durable building material, some people may not want to utilise it as commercial flooring for their office premises, as they view it as an industrial building supply. Thus, concrete is typically relegated to applications such as driveways, kerbing and parking lots, rather than as patio flooring, decking and even interior flooring solutions. Luckily, there has been a rise in decorative concrete options that could provide you with the functionality of regular concrete while adding a touch of elegance to your space. Consider the following trends on decorative concreting if you are installing new commercial flooring.

Stamped concrete flooring

The most prominent selling point of stamped decorative concrete is the limitless possibilities that you could venture into for your flooring solutions. To create stamped concrete, the contractors will press moulds directly on the surface of the flooring. Therefore, you have the creative freedom to choose any design that you would like. For example, if you want the appearance of cobblestone flooring but do not have the budget to invest in the required materials, the concrete can be imprinted with a cobblestone design. Moreover, stamped concrete is not limited to flooring solutions. You can have the same technique applied to your walls, countertops and more to create uniformity on your commercial property.

Polymer overlays

Another easy way to transform bland concrete into a decorative flooring solution is to incorporate polymer overlays. The polymers provide a couple of advantages. The first benefit is that the polymer cement reinforces the concrete, which will prolong the lifespan of your flooring. Secondly, polymer overlays can be utilised to add both texture and colour to your concrete flooring, making it a versatile decorative technique.

Dyed concrete flooring

Dyed concrete flooring is commonly mistaken for painted concrete, but they could not be any more different. If you think that painting your concrete floor would give you the same decorative effect as dyed concrete, you would be hugely disappointed. Painted concrete will inevitably succumb to peeling and cracking, which means it eventually would need repainting. Dyed concrete, on the other hand, has the pigment integrated right into the cement. Therefore, it will not separate from the flooring. However, there are a couple of considerations to bear in mind when choosing dyed concrete flooring. If the flooring is outdoors, you should consider dyed concrete that has other compounds integrated into it that would protect it from premature fading due to ultraviolet radiation. For interior decorative concrete solutions, alcohol-based dyes would be a better fit since they will not be at risk of direct exposure to sunlight for a prolonged time. 

To learn more, contact a company like Liquid Rock Constructions Pty Ltd.