The beauty of concrete lies in its durability and stability as a foundation for different kinds of establishments. But, aside from its internal beauty, concrete is also popular for its external aesthetic versatility.
It might seem like a solid block, but concrete can have various types of surface finishing – a service provided by firms such as Syntech – with the use of different tools and techniques. Below are some of the types you would encounter in your everyday walk.
Floating or Troweling
Trowels are tools used to give the surface a floating finish. It smoothens the surface of the concrete to fine levels and done manually or with a power trowel. You can make patterns like swirls or arcs in the concrete surface with this technique.
Concrete stamps give surfaces a brick-like texture and finish. These are panels with inlaid designs and are “stamped” on the concrete while it is curing. Designs vary and may consist of stone and other decorative patterns.
Once you form the design, you may apply colours to finish the look.
Broom finish is great in providing non-slip surfaces. It might not be the fanciest, but it certainly is practical. The texture of the finish would depend on the coarseness of the bristles used.
You can apply rock salts to the surface of a wet concrete using a roller. Once washed away, the dissolving salt leaves small holes giving it a rough finish.
Rounded edges of concretes minimise cracking. They call this technique edging and can be quite tricky to master. Experts employ a specific edging tool to get the job done.
Who says aesthetics has no place in the tough image of concrete? These techniques and more prove that concrete is indeed marvellous inside and out.