When many homeowners think about paving spaces around their home, they may be concerned about the drab appearance that gray concrete will have with their home’s curb appeal. There are many ways to dress-up and decorate concrete, as well as many practical reasons why concrete is a prudent paving option. Besides keeping the terrain smooth and clean, concrete also curbs the dust and dirt that can find its way into the home. Concrete is a practical solution, and the following tips may make it a bit more exciting when installing pavement around the home:
Concrete paving contractors can actually imprint designs, textures, and images onto the wet concrete before it dries. This brings an ornamental effect to the space, and also adds an important textural component to the smooth concrete surface. This will help to prevent any incidental slips or falls when the concrete is wet or slick. The stamped feature may replicate something like flagstone or brick, or it may be a design that implements the homeowner’s initials or monogram. Whatever option you decide to go with, stamped concrete is one solution to making ordinary concrete into something artistic and beautiful.
Another approach to giving concrete some pizzazz is through dyeing it. This may be done to compliment the colors of the home’s exterior, or it may be something flashy to give a sharp contrast and unique look. This involves the contractor adding tints to the concrete mixture so it is something that can be done by the same professionals that are installing your paved spaces. Asking about these options should occur early enough to allow the contractor time to get the particular tints and dyes for the job, and may require slightly longer drying times or installation so keep this in mind, as well.
Why not go all-out when paving the areas around the home? One strategy might be to off-set the concrete surfaces with some clever and unique pavers. These can be cast in concrete, and set directly in the soil to accent the concrete pavement, or to lead away from it, such as for paths or walkways. One way that this is achieved is to slather ordinary items, such as leaves or fronds with wet concrete. Allow these to dry fully before peeling the foliage away. The end-result is a distinct paving stone that may be joined with others to create a complimentary path from the door to the garage, or to meander through the yard. Any place that you decide to install these stones, the result will be a nice contrast to your smooth concrete driveway.
Tile with Tinted Grout:
Try bordering your concrete driveway or space with tiles for a finished, unique look. These may be set on top of the concrete using some tinted grout to compliment and match the concrete according to what you want the end-result to be. While tile is not practical for paving an entire parking lot or driveway, it is an excellent way to border or accent a simple paved space, and brings an ornamental detail that can improve curb appeal of the overall property.
There is no need to settle for plain, ordinary concrete when you are looking to spruce-up the exteriors of your home. Ask concrete contractors about stamping, dyeing, and tiling options to find something suited to both your tastes and the overall surroundings of your specific home.