Everyone knows that concrete is strong, durable, and versatile. As a material for places such as walkways, patios, and driveways, it really can’t be beaten. Homeowners are using concrete more and more both inside and outside the home as the perfect, low-maintenance material for floors, walls, countertops, and much more. Concrete areas raise curb appeal as well as increasing the value of your home.
While the strength of the concrete is evident from the load it can carry, the beauty of concrete is really achieved by the techniques that can be used to finish it. Though a plain, smooth surface of uncolored cement is no shame at all, the look of it can be modified by employing materials and techniques that add dimension, depth, and hues to the concrete for that added ‘WOW’ factor.
After the concrete is treated with a surface agent, the top layer of concrete is washed off, revealing the sand and gravel underneath. This high traction finish is perfect for ice prone walk and driveways.
Troweling or Floating
Screeding with a flat piece of wood or trowel makes a nice, fresh-looking finish that is common in concrete driveway pouring. While it is the most basic of finishes, it is classic and clean.
This is a specialized skill using a tool to round or bevel the edges of the concrete driveway. It looks great and helps to cover over joints to minimize cracking over time.
There are several ways to use clever texturing to add both aesthetic and practical benefits.
This is a beautiful way to make your concrete driveway both attractive and slip-resistant, particularly in wetter conditions. The technique is done just as it is described by dragging a broom over the surface before the concrete dries.
This technique of packing colored stones into finished concrete by hand creates a gorgeous finish on walkways and driveways, adding to the texture, color, and anti-slip properties of the concrete.
This technique is popular around pools and with Terra Cotta styles. Once the concrete is smoothed and finished, rock salt is added then washed away after it dries, creating a pitted look in the concrete, which is perfect to create no-slip surfaces.
This process creates the look of tile, stone pavers, flagstone, slate, brick, or even wood, without all the hassle and cost of using individual stones.
This is not a preferred method because paint tends to flake, but it can be done.
There are literally unlimited options when staining the finish on the concrete to create colors and textures. Staining can result in concrete resembling marble, leather, stone, or wood.
This technique is available to create flawless, shiny looks like metallic, decorative chips, or mosaic-like terrazzo.
This creates a shiny, glossy finish mostly done for indoor uses. Grinders are first used to create a smooth surface. During the polishing process, hardeners are used to protect the concrete from water.
By adding decorative treatments to concrete driveway installation, we at Nebraska Driveway Services aim to make your home exterior look fantastic, without breaking the bank. With so many options for techniques and finishes, there will always be choices that get you excited to resurface your driveway to be both attractive and durable. When you work with the most reputable contractors in the state, you are sure to get the best installation at the best price.
Give us a call today and we can give you a quote on how much a new concrete driveway will cost. You can also check out our photo gallery to get inspiration from some of our most celebrated work. No matter what finish you fall in love with, we will expertly pave the way for a beautiful driveway for you that will last for years to come. We are your trusted Nebraska Driveway Services specialists.