Decorative concrete can be bricked, stoned, paved smooth, acid-washed, and a whole host of other finishes. However, it is the latest thing to do to decorative concrete that has people buzzing. It is the use of some unique troweling and troweling skills that will knock your socks off. The following highlights some of the more fun ideas.
Steel Bristle Roll-It
Imagine laying fresh concrete on the driveway. It was a tough job, but worth it. There is just one problem; it is too boring to look at. No problem; fetch a steel bristle roller machine, or a hand roller with steel bristles. When the concrete is just barely wet enough to make an imprint, roll over it with the steel bristle roller. The pattern created is a uniform, poke-scrape look that gives plain concrete a more interesting appearance.
Here is a technique that Jackson Pollack probably would have loved on his driveway. Scoop up and whip balls and bits of half-wet and all-wet concrete at your half-wet concrete surface. Do not worry about the lumps or the splatters; that is the whole point. Just have fun with it. This is a great technique for concrete walls, or concrete pool decks.
Abrading means that you are taking something rough and grinding it against or into some other surface. Absolutely anything you can use, from sanders to saws, from bricks to stone polishers, you can use to abrade your concrete. Want a really interesting look? Use multiple different abrading tools and objects to get a really wild and funky look.
Since this trend began, there has been a few companies who have developed some styling trowels. These might be fun to try too, if you like one or more and what they can do. Some home improvement stores sometimes offer a class on these tools for homeowners that want to take their concrete skills to a new level. Then you can test out the styling trowels before you commit to any of them, or decide that they are not what you are looking for after all.
Ask a Concrete Contractor
Concrete contractors are constantly trying to keep up with all of the new-fangled ways to make concrete "pretty." If you want to know what you can do with your concrete surfaces, ask a concrete contractor. He or she might be able to supply you with a few more decorative concrete ideas.