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The Top Concrete Design Trends for 2018

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Getting creative with stencils

Stenciled designs in concrete are going well beyond the use of standard off-the-shelf patterns and borders. More contractors and designers are customizing their stencils to convey a particular theme or to tell a story. Thanks to sophisticated CNC machines that can laser cut elaborate patterns and shapes into sheets of stenciling paper or plastic, contractors are now able to produce custom stencils to suit any design scheme.

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Putting a polish on outdated floors

How do you breathe new life into an outdated concrete floor while staying true to its original character? More contractors are stepping up to that challenge by polishing the concrete to remove the old and expose the new. This technique works especially well when existing concrete floors must be blended with newly placed floors or when a floor needs to be restored to serve a new purpose.

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Paying homage to nature

More people want the concrete in and around their homes to reflect the surrounding environment by incorporating themes inspired by the natural landscape. On this project, a decorative overlay with an engraved tree motif was installed over an existing concrete driveway to enhance a wooded estate. Another example of a project incorporating elements from nature is this concrete kitchen island. To create the effect of a flowing river and a wave-washed beach, the island was enhanced with many natural embeds, including exposed sand, rock, and petrified wood.

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New uses for metallic finishes

Decorative metallic coatings are a popular way to dress up concrete floors. But now contractors are discovering that they can apply these same coatings to concrete counter-tops, vanities, and even sinks to add some glitz and glamour. On this project, a silver metallic coating was applied to a master bathroom sink and vanity with very successful results.

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Creative collaborations

Decorative concrete contractors can achieve incredible results when they work solo, but even the most skilled contractors will admit that the outcome often improves when they collaborate with professional designers and artists. We’re seeing more contractors taking that teamwork approach, resulting in such success stories as a stamped concrete patio that works beautifully with a formal landscape design and a concrete counter-top showcasing the staining mastery of a celebrated artist.

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Forming with fabric

Remember the popular grade school art project, where you wrapped string around an air-filled balloon and then popped the balloon after coating the string with glue? Well, that’s similar to the effect you can achieve with fabric forming. Wet concrete is cast against flexible formliners made of plastic sheeting or fabric to create interesting shapes and textures that remain after the forms are removed. Fabric-cast concrete is often distinguished by soft curves and organic surfaces, bringing unique beauty to architectural concrete.

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Winter Concrete Repair

With winter coming, it is more important than ever to make sure all of the concrete at your home is in a good state of repair. After all, you don’t want someone to fall and hurt themselves because your concrete steps or sidewalk are in bad shape. Not only is it a liability but it is a preventable accident that doesn’t have to happen. And if your concrete sidewalk is sloping toward your house, that could also give melting snow and ice a clear path to your home’s foundation, which could then lead to problems like flooding and cracks to your home’s foundation.

Repairs to residential concrete this time of year range from smaller ones, like repairing cracks in the concrete using sealer but we can also help with bigger problems, like gaps between where your residential concrete meets brick or a similar type of material. These gaps should be sealed so no one inadvertently steps in them and gets a foot stuck (depending on how big the seam is) or simply trips where the concrete should be but is missing. This is especially important if there is already ice on the concrete, which presents a slipping hazard in and of itself.

If your residential concrete steps or sidewalk are in really bad shape, you should definitely call us as soon as possible to get them fully replaced. You don’t want to be walking in or out of your home this winter, step on them and have them give away, especially if the weather outside is particularly snowy and cold. And you definitely don’t want a family member or anyone else to fall and hurt themselves on your concrete steps or sidewalk either.

Even if your residential concrete sidewalks or steps are still in good shape, keep in mind that you should never use de-icer that contains salt. A de-icer like that will cause the ice to melt, but the water can get into your concrete seams and then refreeze. The expanding and contracting water will cause your concrete to crack and break, which could then present a new hazard during the winter or the following spring.

If you would like more information on residential concrete in the high desert, call S&S Construction Restoration at 760-559-2667