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 gives your patio or sidewalk something besides the same kind of look. The questions are, what can you do and how will you get it done? However before we get that far, I am assuming you know how to prepare, form, mix and pour the concrete. Or even, head to link resource box for information that will assist you. And should you, read on.
Let’s begin with Broom Finishing. It’s not too difficult to do. When 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. If your initial brooming left fat a finish you must retrowel the surface to get rid of all traces of the first finish concrete company sydney, wait several (or more) minutes and rebroom. If you prefer the design of the broom finish, but think a little extra in the brooming would look better. Try this. As you drag the broom across the surface of one’s concrete pad move it back and forth sideways only a little. Only 2 – 3 inches in each direction. Doing that will put what’s know as a wavy finish to your concrete sidewalk or patio.
Another way to provide your sidewalk or patio a different appearance is with a layer or swirling finish. Each is done by using a wood hand float as the concrete is still fairly wet (again trial and error. The swirling look is done by randomly moving the wood float across the surface in no apparent pattern. It will rough up the surface and give it a fairly coarse look. The shell finish is done in the same fashion, but, instead of the swirling random strokes, a layer pattern is applied. For the shell finish you support the wood float at first glance of the concrete and move the top of the float from laterally while keeping the bottom of the float in a 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 most likely must make several attempts as of this before you are satisfied with how it looks. Don’t get discouraged when it doesn’t look’right’at first. Just practice several strokes and it can come to you.
Color is no doubt the quickest and easiest thing you can do to provide your concrete a different look. There are three methods to color your concrete. The very first is to place color in the concrete mix before it’s poured into the forms. The 2nd way is to utilize it to the surface of the concrete although it is still wet. And the third is staining.
You can aquire 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 place the color in the concrete mix before it’s poured in your forms. In this case just follow the directions given with the color. In the next method you spread the color uniformly across the surface of one’s concrete although it is still wet and then utilize 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 forms of stain. Regular and semi-transparent and both are placed on new concrete after it’s cured. Regular stain is much like paint. It continues and covers completely. Semi-transparent stain goes on a single 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. Because the stain is semi-transparent the existing surface of one’s concrete sidewalk or patio will show through the first 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 just a little trickier than the others. Here you float as usual and then make the flagstone as the concrete is still workable. Get a piece of 1/2 or 3/4″ inch diameter copper pipe and bend it into an S shape. Retain one end of the pipe and press another into the concrete. Then just pull it throughout the surface. That which you are wanting to accomplish is create a falgstone pattern with random geometric shapes at first glance of the concrete. After you have finished with making the flagstone you should refloat the concrete. The last step here’s whether you will want boom finish on top of the flagstone or perhaps a smooth one. For a broom finish you follow the last listed instructions.
Finally there are several other effects you can give concrete. A leaf finish is certainly distinctive. After floating and troweling just press some leaves into the surface just after troweling. They should be embedded completely, but not covered. Leave them in position before concrete is defined and then remove them. Other things could be pressed into concrete for patterns too. You may make round impressions in the surface by utilizing cans. Whatever you genuinely believe that might will leave an attractive mark on the concrete is worth considering. Give it a try.
One finish I didn’t discuss is exposed aggregate. I think it would be too hard for a person with limited or no previous experience working with concrete.