One of the most overlooked finishing options available to homebuilders and home designers is concrete. In many cases, people who have worked with concrete throughout the duration of the construction usually overlook concrete as the finishing option for walks, patios and pool decks.
One of the reasons why this happen is the fact that people do not consider concrete as one of the finishing options. For almost everyone, concrete is the best building material there is for foundations and related construction.
When it comes to finishing the property, there are many options available from wood to stone. The real decision of choosing a particular material rests with the designer and architect. Cost is the prime concern for many people as finishing is one area where compromises could be made. This leads to the use of fake stones and synthetics that cost a fraction of the original product. However, they do not last, as long and they house is up for repairs and replacements after a decade or so.
What makes concrete as an ideal finishing option is the versatility of the medium, in terms of colors and designs. Even texture could be manipulated to some extent. Factor in the cost of concrete and it is easy to see it as one of the most cost efficient finishing material available.
One of the greatest misconceptions about finishing is that it is essential to match the exterior with the material used in construction. Thus, a house with stonewalls must have stone paved patios and a house finished in brick must have brick lined walks. At first, this line of reasoning is good enough. There is already stone or brick available and the cost of design and lying of the patterns do not cost that much.
In real world, the problem with this line of reasoning has to do with the materials themselves. What looks good on the walls does not necessarily look good o the ground. Matching of the patterns and colors is another area where use of similar material could be a big problem. Even if the match is perfect in the beginning, overtime, the wear and tear on the walkway and patio will highlight the difference between the walls and the floor. The results are not pretty.
In contrast, stamped concrete offers better option from both functional and aesthetic point of views.
When talking about concrete, few people would think of it as an aesthetically attractive material. However, the latest innovation in material means that concrete could be used as a viable alternate to stone and tile. The possibility of developing patterns and designs means that concrete could mimic stone or tile with ease. The possibility of color adds a new dimension to the use of concrete for decorative purposes.
Concrete is more functional than either stone or tile. Given the high endurance of concrete and the easy repairs, it is easy to see why decorative concrete is fast becoming the choice of many designers.