Decorative concrete finishes are rapidly becoming a popular way to add a bit of flair to a residential property. Using the latest skills and tools and a wealth of experience, concrete finishing services are installing concrete that takes on much more interesting appearances. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of decorative concrete finishes to help you decide if this is good for your property.
Pro: Decorative finishes on your concrete can add value to your property.
When you have concrete that has been decoratively finished on your property, whether it is a walkway, driveway, or patio, the improvement naturally brings value. These designs are unique and out of the ordinary, which means they can be viewed as a bonus worth paying more by a prospective buyer.
Con: Concrete with a decorative finish can be a little harder to clean.
If you do opt for decorative concrete, the surface texture can be different from ordinary concrete. You will be given specific instructions for caring for the decorative finish after installation. You may have to forego some of the usual concrete-cleaning practices, such as using a pressure washer or using harsh chemicals, because it can degrade the decorative surface. For most homeowners, however, the extra caution when cleaning is worth the value the concrete brings to the property.
Pro: Decorative concrete gives you upscale looks without the upscale price.
Imagine having a driveway that appears as if it were crafted from flagstone, marble, or granite. Now think about what you would pay for that kind of work on your property. If you are like most homeowners, these upscale luxuries would be impractical. However, you can achieve a driveway that appears to be marble, granite, or flagstone even though it is made from concrete. Best of all, you can get these upscale looks for a very attractive cost.
Con: Concrete with decorative finishing may wear differently than ordinary concrete.
All on its own without additives or decorative finishes, concrete is perhaps one of the most resilient construction materials. It is for this very reason that concrete is used for everything from building bridges to supporting large buildings. However, decorative concrete can wear differently than traditional concrete if it has pigment additives or textures added to the surface. The concrete itself will be just as durable as ever, but the decorative finishes may have to be periodically touched up by a professional to retain their appearance.
For more information, contact a concrete finishing service in your area.