Decorative Concrete can enhance and beautify your home and landscaping, adding longevity and strength as well as ease of maintenance. Concrete has long been an inexpensive and utilitarian choice for driveways, patios, and floors but it never had decorative qualities. It lent an industrial look when used around a home. However its strength and durability, and the ease of use for a lot of different applications, made it a desirable target for improvement.
Concrete is easily the most popular walkway material in existence throughout Canada. It is popular because it can be formed onsite in order to match the client’s expectations and concrete adds several layers of design potential by bringing different colors, textures, sealants, and thicknesses into the picture. Because of the additional design choices for walkways, patios, and driveways, the customer is more intimately involved in making the decisions that are related to how well the texture and color of the concrete will pair with the rest of their backyard or garden.
Advances in staining, polishing and surface application have turned concrete into a stylish and modern choice. Concrete can be used in place of more expensive materials like flagstone and maintenance-heavy materials such as asphalt. It is suitable for applications like driveways, patios and walkways as well as garden pathways. It can be poured to look like tiles or stones, with scoring lines in place of grout, and there is very little maintenance required other than blowing or brushing debris and dirt out of the scoring lines. It is resistant to cracking and chipping and can be stained a variety of colors instead of a drab concrete gray.
Modern concrete can be almost indistinguishable from other traditional walkway and driveway materials like stone and granite. Texture can be added so that the concrete is not slippery when wet and it can be shaped to follow almost any form that is needed. Top end concrete providers will offer options such as stamping to resemble other materials or to provide visual interest in large installations. The concrete provided by Toronto’s Elite Concrete can be stained a variety of colors before it is poured, or the color can be added at the end as a finish.
Decorative concrete is an excellent choice to replace old and chipping decking around a pool. It can be stamped and scored to look like stone or tiles, and with an exposed aggregate finish it will not be slippery when wet. It can be stained to match the landscaping surrounding it or to complement the pool itself. A concrete pool deck designed by Elite Concrete can enhance the pool area and make it look like it is a coherent part of the backyard’s design with an almost endless variety of decorative options not available with other pool decking options.
Using an experienced concrete contractor to enhance patios, walkways and driveways will help a homeowner achieve a unified look throughout their landscaping. Modern finishes, textures and staining match the landscaping to the home itself, and the concrete’s ease of maintenance will enhance the value and longevity of any home. Why not visit Eliteconcrete.ca for ideas on how to enhance the look and durability of your patio, deck, or garden. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood in no time.