Since decorative concrete requires more than average skills and knowledge, as well as dedicated tools and materials, it’s only right to hire skilled people for the job. For good measure, your contractor must have a solid portfolio that includes projects showing the clever use of available materials and appropriate techniques to achieve the perfect decorative look. The contractor likewise should offer the said services at reasonable rates and must guarantee you the results that you need. Lastly, see if the contractor has recommendations or testimonials from past and present clients, as they are great indicators of the contractor’s skills.
The good news is that you don’t’ have to look far to hire such people. Here at Epik Masonry & Concrete Inc., we possess all the qualities needed to guarantee a successful decorative concrete project. Our clients across Santa Barbara CA, Montecito CA, Malibu CA, Calabasas CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Agoura CA, Ventura CA, Camarillo CA, Ojai CA, and Westlake Village CA have nothing but praises for our exceptional workmanship. You may reach us through (805) 658-8525 today if you wish to inquire about rates or discuss with us your project details. We’d be happy to assist you and work with you soon to beautify your property and turn any concrete surface into a work of art.
Stamped ConcreteStamped concrete is achieved by applying at least two layers of color hardener onto a poured concrete surface. This is followed by adding a release agent (could be in powder or liquid form) to achieve specific color contrast and to avoid the imprint form being disturbed. A texturing mat or skin will then be applied on the surface’s perimeter before the concrete slab is fully stamped. The remaining release agent will afterwards be removed and a curing solution applied prior to installation of control joints and sealant.
One good thing about stamped concrete is the variety of designs available such as slate, brick, flagstone, wood, and the like. Patterns like running bond, European fan, random interlocking, and hexagon also allow for custom look. This decorative concrete technique could also be used in many areas including patios, pool decks, driveways, walkways, and courtyards.
Textured ConcreteAnother popular decorative concrete method that we use is called textured concrete. Just like stamped concrete, textured concrete offers a number of excellent options in terms of finishes such as stenciled, stamped, float and trowel, rock salt, and broom. Broom finish is best used in areas that are normally wet like pool decks and walkways since the finish has a non-slip surface. Meanwhile, float and trowel finish is ideal for driveways, patios, pathways, and decks. On the other hand, stamped or stenciled finishes are recommended for practically every surface area since they offer numerous design options, thus making them highly versatile.