Patterned Decorative Concrete

Written by Adam Blau
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Decorative concrete exudes a natural, warm feel that suits the aesthetic of other natural materials like wood and stone. Unlike harsher synthetic materials, concrete matches earthen materials with extreme ease. Even when patterned, marbled and mottled, concrete can emanate a feeling of coziness and warmth.

Making a Pattern in Concrete

Contractors each have their own special proprietary techniques to pattern concrete. For the most part, though, the concrete is chemically treated or mixed after the initial grinding stage and before the sealant is added. The pattern exists under the outermost layer of epoxy, or whatever sealant is used by a given contractor.

Decorative patterns in concrete can be achieved by numerous means. Chemical stains can be introduced to the surface of the concrete to achieve a specific design. Many times a contractor will work an entire layer of color-infused concrete into a countertop, afterwards grinding through it to reveal some of the original pigment underneath.

Patterns can also be achieved by introducing outside materials into the surface of the concrete. Ground glass or stone can be worked in to create a marbled effect in the surface. Patterns can even be introduced in the epoxy layer, depending on the nature of the sealant.


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