Concrete is versatile, completely sustainable and with an occasional resurfacing will last for years. It is widely used for indoor and outdoor floors, patios, swimming pool constructions, and driveways. If you decide to resurface the concrete in your home or business, our team at Looks Great Concrete Resurfacing Services is going to ask you what type of finish you would like on its surface. This article will help you make that decision by answering the questions “what is concrete finishing?” and “what are the different types of concrete finish?”.
What is concrete finishing?
Our concrete masons invest hours in preparing old, worn concrete for resurfacing and then applying a new coat of concrete. They finish the job by working the surface of the concrete to give it a finish that contributes beauty and texture. There are several finishes that also increase the concrete’s usefulness by giving it a non-slip surface.
What are the different types of concrete finish?
Below we are listing the five basic types of concrete finish, beginning with the smoother finishes and ending with those that provide more traction.
- Smooth finish for concrete – If you are wondering how to give concrete a smooth surface, the process is simple. Our masons first take a bull float over the wet concrete to level any ridges and fill voids and then rub the concrete multiple times with a steel trowel during the drying process.
- Trowel finish for concrete – Smoother and denser than the smooth finish, the trowel finish is done with a specific trowel called a fresno. Every time the masons trowel the surface of the concrete they increase the angle of the fresno to pack and smooth the surface even more.
Considering that the smooth and trowel finishes result in a smooth surface, we don’t usually recommend them for pool areas, driveways or other places where slipping would be dangerous. The following three concrete finishing options have texture and are the ideal types of finish for concrete driveways and similar areas.
- Broom finish for concrete – Brooming concrete involves taking a stiff brush or broom over the wet concrete to create texture. Our masons can use their stiff brooms to create simple horizontal or vertical lines, as well as a checkerboard effect or even circles and swirls.
- Cove finish for concrete – The cove finish is done with a trowel that produces a circular texture. The fine circular pattern gives the concrete great slip resistance and increases durability.
- Stipple finish for concrete – The stipple finish also includes smoothing the wet concrete with a trowel, but it requires a specific trowel that allows the mason to give the swirls in it more or less depth to produce the desired amount of traction.
Stencil concrete instead of a finish
The concrete finishing techniques that we just discussed add beauty and texture to concrete, but they don’t change its appearance.If you want to completely redesign your concrete surfaces, consider adding a layer of the best stencil concrete in Melbourne.
We use our special spray on concrete for the stencilling that will leave the concrete looking like bricks, inlaid stone or numerous other patterns. The spray on concrete also gives you the added benefit of being able to colour the concrete in a way that will complement your interior or exterior decor.
These techniques for finishing concrete are fairly simple, but they are essential. Finishing concrete increases its lifespan and decreases the need for ongoing maintenance. What finish are you going to put on your concrete?