Broom finish, flagstone, color, texture, swirling, and more. All finishes to newly poured concrete. And all finishes everyone can do themselves. Any one particular finishes can give your patio or sidewalk something besides the same old look. The questions are, what can you do and how do you do it? However before we get that far, I’m assuming you understand how to prepare, form, mix and pour the concrete. Or even, visit link resource box for information that may assist you. And should you choose, read on.
Let’s focus on Broom Finishing. It’s fairly simple to do. Once the concrete surface is sufficiently set drag a smooth broom or brush lightly throughout the concrete. For even less texture wait before surface has further hardened. With concrete the timing is important concrete driveways. If your initial brooming left overweight a finish you must retrowel the surface to remove all traces of the initial finish, wait a few (or more) minutes and rebroom. If you prefer the look of the broom finish, but think a little something extra in the brooming would look better. Try this. As you drag the broom across the surface of your concrete pad move it back and forth sideways just a little. A maximum of 2 – 3 inches in each direction. Doing that may put what is know as a wavy finish to your concrete sidewalk or patio.
Another way to provide your sidewalk or patio a different appearance is by using a shell or swirling finish. Each is completed by using a wood hand float as the concrete remains fairly wet (again trial and error. The swirling look is completed by randomly moving the wood float across the surface in no apparent pattern. It will rough up the surface and give it a somewhat coarse look. The shell finish is completed in a similar fashion, but, rather than the swirling random strokes, a shell pattern is applied. For the shell finish you support the wood float at first glance of the concrete and move the the surface of the float from laterally while keeping underneath of the float in one single place. Then move the float right close to your first shell and do another (again trial and error. Keep this up before entire surface has been covered with your shell pattern. You almost certainly must make several attempts as of this until you are pleased with how it looks. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look’right’at first. Just practice a few strokes and it will come to you.
Color is without doubt the quickest and easiest thing you can do to provide your concrete a different look. There are three approaches to color your concrete. The first is to put color in the concrete mix before it is poured into the forms. The 2nd way is to use it to the surface of the concrete whilst it remains wet. And the third is staining.
You can buy color and stains for concrete at only about any lumberyard and home improvement store. None of the three color methods are difficult to do. With the initial you place the color in the concrete mix before it is poured in your forms. In this instance just follow the directions given with the color. In the 2nd method you spread the color uniformly across the surface of your concrete whilst it remains wet and then use the float to spread it around and into the concrete. Then finish the concrete as usual. Staining is the final color method. There are two types of stain. Regular and semi-transparent and both are put on new concrete after it has cured. Regular stain is much like paint. It continues on and covers completely. Semi-transparent stain goes for a passing fancy way (use a paintbrush, a spray can, a roller, I saw one finished with a mop and it looked pretty good), but there is a difference. It can be applied in layers. Because the stain is semi-transparent the existing surface of your concrete sidewalk or patio will show through the initial few layers of stain. The more times you apply the stain to the surface the less the first concrete coloration below will show up. In this example it’s all a matter of preference.
A flagstone pattern finish is a little trickier compared to others. Here you float as usual and then make the flagstone as the concrete remains workable. Get an item of 1/2 or 3/4″ inch diameter copper pipe and bend it into an S shape. Hold on to one end of the pipe and press one other into the concrete. Then just pull it throughout the surface. Everything you are wanting to do is create a falgstone pattern with random geometric shapes at first glance of the concrete. When you have finished with making the flagstone you will need to refloat the concrete. The final step listed here is whether you will want boom finish on the surface of the flagstone or a smooth one. For a broom finish you follow the previous listed instructions.
Finally there are many other effects you are able to give concrete. A leaf finish is unquestionably distinctive. After floating and troweling just press some leaves into the surface right after troweling. They must be embedded completely, although not covered. Leave them in place before concrete is defined and then remove them. Other things may be pressed into concrete for patterns too. You possibly can make round impressions in the surface by utilizing cans. What you genuinely believe that might will leave a stylish mark on the concrete is worth considering. Give it a try.
One finish I didn’t discuss is exposed aggregate. I believe it will be too hard for anyone with limited or no previous experience dealing with concrete.