Sam Balthrop Concrete provides an extensive range of patterns and textures that can be used to enhance the surface of concrete hardscapes. These durable tools are made from high-quality polyurethane that produces realistic details. The surface of freshly-placed concrete is like a work of art that is just waiting for the artist’s touch. The concrete can be colored, stamped or textured to impart a wide variety of classic appearances.
Not all concrete flatwork is created equal. This is true of both its structural integrity and decorative function. Premium quality concrete requires precisely mixing aggregates, rapid delivery to ensure proper curing, and delicate application techniques to achieve a durable finish. Various methods will produce different kinds of finishing. Smoother finishes should be saved for indoors. Smooth concrete can be slippery when wet. Brush-textured concrete is better for exterior concrete flatwork.
Stampable overlays can be used on new or existing concrete and on interior or exterior surfaces. They can even be applied to walls and other vertical concrete. They are especially popular for refreshing the appearance of existing driveways, patios, walkways pool decks, and floors. Before opting for a stamped overlay, consult a professional to determine if your concrete can be resurfaced successfully. If the concrete is in bad shape, with many cracks or severe settlement, resurfacing may not be a viable option.
Never settle for anything less than the best. If you get the job done well with the best quality materials, you can have a solid, low maintenance, energy-saving basement that will last for years and years. Poured wall construction is virtually maintenance free. Poured walls have a compressive and flexural strength several times that of block, and far beyond the required safety factor. The increased strength & density of concrete makes a poured wall very water tight, dramatically reducing basement water problems. The energy-saving benefits of a basement are great. Concrete absorbs and holds heat. A poured wall contains a much greater mass of concrete than does a block wall; therefore, a poured wall will absorb and hold much more heat. When used with an insulation system, concrete walls can save significantly on heating and cooling costs.
Since concrete is such a versatile material, more and more people are realizing its value in making countertops. Shapes of countertops are only limited by imagination and the ability to build the forms. With the use of color pigments in combination with white cement and various aggregates, the spectrum of colors available in concrete countertops is virtually limitless. It’s been more than a decade since concrete countertops found their way into shops, restaurants, and homes. Once the realm of either the do-it-yourselfer or the wealthy, they seem to have gained acceptance in just about every level of residential application, from moderately priced homes to high-end places. Nowadays, lots of people have a good feel for what can be accomplished with concrete countertops. Whether an interior is traditional, contemporary, or somewhere between, concrete is a versatile medium to express the aesthetic of designer and owner.