Concrete is one of the oldest, versatile and cost effective building materials ever used. Everything from the Coliseum to the CN Tower was built with concrete. It is an incredibly strong and durable material, capable of supporting the tallest skyscrapers and surviving the coldest Canadian winters. There’s no doubt that concrete has left an enduring legacy on the world.
The variety and quality of concrete services available to individuals and businesses today is a testament to the enduring popularity of the material. Today, concrete services are less expensive and more readily available to homeowners than ever before.
Modern Concrete Services
When we say ‘concrete’ what do you think of? Many people, unfortunately, think of the imposing monolithic, brutalist architecture of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Some people are fascinated by this style, but to others it embodies all of the negative stereotypes of concrete: cold, ruthlessly modern, flat, dreary, and grey.
When it comes to modern concrete, nothing could be further from the truth.
Modern concrete comes in all textures, colours, and styles – without sacrificing the strength and simplicity that have made it the best building material available for millennia.
Just take a look at one of the most popular concrete services today: stamped concrete.
Stamped concrete, as the name would suggest, is poured concrete which is stamped with a specific pattern. Patterns range from the purely aesthetic (like faux stone or brick) to the highly practical (brushed or ridged to provide traction). Stamped concrete can also be dyed to look like anything from brick, natural stone to weathered materials (for a more historic look). You can also choose from different finishes including a glossy smooth finish, a rough broom finish, or even custom saw finishes. Regardless of your home’s style, stamped concrete will complement and enhance it.
Advantages of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is more cost effective than brick or stone, looks just as good, and will last for decades. Masonry and bricklaying are highly specialized skills which can only be performed by specialized tradespeople.
Pouring concrete is a skill, but because it is such a popular material, homeowners will find it much easier to find highly skilled workers capable of pouring concrete. This means that the work can be done quickly and more cost effectively than when working with other building materials.
Home Applications of Concrete
Many homeowners choose stamped concrete to meet a wide range of different needs. Some of the most popular ways to use concrete around the home include:
- Heated driveways
- Pool surface areas
- Patios and verandas
- Landscape design
- Porch coverings
- Garages, sheds, and gazebos
- Retaining walls
- Truck dolly pads
- Concrete steps
- Accessibility ramps
Concrete that has a special finish applied to it, which will not fade over time with regular maintenance It will look just as good, after years of use as it does on day one.
Finding the right concrete services provider to complete your project is just as important as your vision for the project. Most of all, the right contractor will be upfront about price,fully insured and certified, and also have a track record of success. Contact the pros at Concrete One to learn more.