Don't Like the Gray Slab? Upgrade the Look of Minnesota Concrete Driveways, Sidewalks, and Patios

If you polled homeowners, and asked what’s the one thing they don’t like about concrete, most of them would say the appearance. Let’s face it, when you see that big truck out on the road, you know it’s going to dump a load of gray substance that isn’t too pretty. And even when it’s smoothed out and finished, many people prefer the look of another product. But those who need to replace or install a Minnesota concrete driveway, patio, or sidewalk need to know they have options when it comes to concrete.

There are several ways to upgrade the look of concrete. In many cases, you won’t even be able to tell it’s concrete, but you will get the benefit of a long-lasting, strong product. Many homeowners choose one of the following upgrades to give their patio, sidewalk, driveway, or garage floor a special look.

  1. Adding color. If the gray tone bothers you, then there are many ways to get a different color. Sometimes the color is mixed right in, which is called integral coloring. With this process the entire depth of the slab is colored. Other times, color is added after the concrete is poured, using a powder that is broadcast across it while it is still wet. Acid stains or dyes are also options when it comes to achieving a certain pigment. Experienced installers know a variety of techniques to get the desired color.
  2. Stamping. Through this process, you can really get creative and give your concrete your own personal design. The concrete is textured, cut, or embossed to give it an entirely different look. Through stamping, concrete can be made to look like brick, wood, stone, tile, slate, flagstone, or a variety of other surfaces. If you already have existing concrete that is in good condition, you can even use this process on it without having to pour a whole new product.
  3. Coatings. Many homeowners choose to finish their project with a coating. These products are often epoxies, or fast-setting polyaspartics, which not only provide a finished look to the concrete but provide some protection as well. This is an especially good choice for areas that might come in contact with automobiles, because it can protect against salt, sand, oil, and other automotive products which could damage the surface of the concrete.
  4. Overlays. This is another final product that can be used to transform boring concrete into a phenomenal, aesthetically eye-popping product. This thin layer added on top of the concrete will not only add durability to the product, but can give it the appearance you’re looking for. If you want a glossy finish, a colorful design, or a metallic sheen, an overlay can provide the look you want.

When most people think of concrete, they think of durability. When properly mixed and installed, it will last for years with little wear, so it’s a great choice for garages, driveways, sidewalks, patios, steps, and around pools. But the gray slab often turns people off and pushes them into choosing a sub-par product. Thankfully, with the innovation of concrete installation, you can now choose from a variety of looks, and most people will be surprised to learn you achieved it with concrete. Whether you want a slate patio, a tile pool surround, a paver sidewalk, or a shiny, metallic garage floor, you can do it all with concrete.

Concrete installation is not just a job, but more of an art form. When you need a job done right, you want to make sure you hire a company with plenty of experience. Minnesota Concrete serves the greater Twin Cities area, and would like to talk to you about your next project. For more information, contact us.


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