Broom finish, flagstone, color, texture, swirling, and more. All finishes to newly poured concrete. And all finishes everyone can do themselves. Any one of those finishes will give your patio or sidewalk something besides the same old look. The questions are, what can you do and how do you get it done? However before we get that far, I am assuming you learn how to prepare, form, mix and pour the concrete. If not, visit link resource box for information which will assist you. And should you choose, read on.
Let’s start with Broom Finishing. It’s fairly simple to do. When the concrete surface is sufficiently set drag a smooth broom or brush lightly across the concrete. For even less texture wait before the surface has further hardened. With concrete the timing is important façade cleaning. If your initial brooming left overweight a finish you will need to retrowel the top to remove all traces of the first finish, wait several (or more) minutes and rebroom. If you like the look of the broom finish, but think a little extra in the brooming would look better. Try this. As you drag the broom across the top of your concrete pad move it back and forth sideways merely a little. Only 2 – 3 inches in each direction. Doing which will put what is know as a wavy finish to your concrete sidewalk or patio.
Another way to offer your sidewalk or patio an alternative appearance is by using a shell or swirling finish. Each is performed with a wood hand float as the concrete is still fairly wet (again trial and error. The swirling look is performed by randomly moving the wood float across the top in no apparent pattern. It’ll rough up the top and give it a fairly coarse look. The shell finish is performed in the same fashion, but, rather than the swirling random strokes, a shell pattern is applied. For the shell finish you hold the wood float on the surface of the concrete and move the the surface of the float from side to side while keeping underneath of the float in a single place. Then move the float right alongside your first shell and do another (again trial and error. Keep this up before the entire surface has been covered together with your shell pattern. You almost certainly will need to make several attempts only at that before you are pleased with how it looks. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look’right’at first. Just practice several strokes and it will come to you.
Color is no doubt the quickest and easiest thing you are able to do to offer your concrete an alternative look. There are three approaches to color your concrete. The foremost is to place color in the concrete mix before it’s poured in to the forms. The 2nd way is to apply it to the top of the concrete whilst it is still wet. And the third is staining.
You can buy color and stains for concrete just about any lumberyard and home improvement store. None of the three color methods are difficult to do. With the first you add along with in the concrete mix before it’s poured in your forms. In cases like this just follow the directions given with the color. In the second method you spread along with uniformly across the top of your concrete whilst it is still wet and then utilize the float to spread it around and in to the concrete. Then finish the concrete as usual. Staining is the last color method. There are two kinds of stain. Regular and semi-transparent and both are put on new concrete after it has cured. Regular stain is much like paint. It goes on and covers completely. Semi-transparent stain goes on the same way (use a paintbrush, a spray can, a roller, I saw one finished with a mop and it looked pretty good), but there’s a difference. It may be applied in layers. Considering that the stain is semi-transparent the prevailing surface of your concrete sidewalk or patio will show through the first few layers of stain. The more times you apply the stain to the top the less the original concrete coloration below will show up. In this case it’s all a matter of preference.
A flagstone pattern finish is just a little trickier than the others. Here you float as usual and then make the flagstone as the concrete is still 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 the other in to the concrete. Then just pull it across the surface. That which you are wanting to do is create a falgstone pattern with random geometric shapes on the surface of the concrete. Once you have finished with making the flagstone you should refloat the concrete. The last step here’s whether you will want boom finish on the surface of the flagstone or a smooth one. For a broom finish you follow the prior listed instructions.
Finally there are several other effects you are able to give concrete. A leaf finish is obviously distinctive. After floating and troweling just press some leaves into the top just after troweling. They must be embedded completely, although not covered. Leave them set up before the concrete is defined and then remove them. Other items can be pressed into concrete for patterns too. You possibly can make round impressions in the top by utilizing cans. What you believe that might will leave a nice-looking mark on the concrete may be worth considering. Give it a try.
One finish I didn’t discuss is exposed aggregate. I believe it would be too difficult for a person with limited or no previous experience dealing with concrete.