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Top 3 Benefits of Decorative Concrete

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Concrete & Brick | Comments Off on Top 3 Benefits of Decorative Concrete

stamped decorative concreteDecorative concrete is one of the most renowned type of flooring material among homeowners, builders and designers. Its many uses, as well as the style and excitement it adds to various building projects, not forgetting functionality, makes it even more favorable. A new look is now replacing the grayish, plain and dull constructed flooring material. Here are the top three benefits of decorative concrete.

Low maintenance

The decorative coatings used in the creation of this type of concrete are water-proof. The chances of stains soaking into your floor are therefore reduced meaning that its look will not be compromised. The waterproof feature also ensures that the floor does not warp due to moisture.

Decorative concrete does not require regular polishing or coating, and it’s easy to clean. Any spills on it can be cleaned with the use of soap and water. And since it requires little to no maintenance, you can save your valuable time and money that you could have used to service or repair it.

Flexibility

The design flexibility of decorative concrete is almost limitless. You can use it on your old or new concrete surfaces, and you have the option to choose your texture and color. It can imitate cobblestone, brick, stone or slate. It’s also flexible enough to be used for outdoor purposes such as pool decks, patios, garages, entryways among others. You could also opt to replace your indoors old vinyl, carpet or tiles with the decorative concrete. Other than the walling and flooring purposes, it also goes well with counter tops and kitchen sinks.

Long lasting

In most cases, driveways, patios, and entryways are built to last. The decorative coatings increase the longevity, durability and the strength of these concrete surfaces making your floor withstand extreme weather conditions and heavy loads for long. This way, you are able to realize the value for your money as a long-term investment.

Since you have a broad array of flooring options available to you, you can effortlessly beautify and protect your surfaces with this low-maintenance and long-lasting decorative concrete.

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How To Clean Brick and Stone Exteriors

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Concrete & Brick | Comments Off on How To Clean Brick and Stone Exteriors

Walls and other parts of the building made of either stone or brick are soon going to change their color and general outlook due to dirt. Cleaning is therefore a vital part of building maintenance for those who want to retain the original appeal of their structures. Knowing how to do the cleaning thus helps one achieve this goal and better still cut on the expenses that would have been incurred if the problem was allowed to escalate.

Rubbing

Dirty brickwork can be cleaned by thoroughly rubbing with a smaller piece of brick of similar texture and color. The broken side of the smaller brick does the abrasion work hence removing the dull parts of the brick under renovation. Similar technique could still be effective for cleaning grubby stone wall surfaces. The color of the smaller stone or brick being used should be taken into very keen consideration as there are instances where their inner parts are of a separate color. Such types will only make the condition of your brick or stone worse.
Raking out a small portion of about half an inch of the dirty mortar of your brickwork or stone and replacing it with new mortar is also a remedy. The scraping could either be done using spike or gauge-nails.

how to clean brick exteriorRegular Cleaning

For stains, such as those caused by cement, there are cleaning fluids available in hardware stores that help do away with the drips. The fluid should be one that dissolves the stains without interfering with the masonry. Proper care should be taken by putting on gloves and goggles to protect hands and eyes since most of the fluids are acidic.

Special Stains

For algae and grime, pressure washers that use pure water are the solution. However, this may destroy the wood that normally surrounds the bricks.
Growths on stones such as molds and some fungi are best controlled by proprietary fungicides.

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