Uses For Concrete

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Unusual uses for concrete at home

Concrete has been used for foundation and construction for centuries, however, it’s now entered a new age! Formerly unpopular due to its somewhat dull and cold appearance, the material is now loved for its versatility. So, if you are still thinking “pavement” and “garage floor” when someone mentions “concrete”, you are in for a treat. With endless designs and colours available, it will make for striking additions to your home.

Uses For Concrete

Why choose concrete?

Far from its usual use for garage and driveway flooring, concrete has recently been brought inside the home under many different shapes. Favoured for its urban, industrial style, it is used to make accessories and furniture. But why choose concrete over other materials such as wood, for example? While high-maintenance wooden furniture is now considered as vintage and sometimes even outdated, the sleek aspect of concrete makes for simple, but beautiful and modern furniture. But the material is not only preferred to its rustic counterpart for its appearance. Unlike wood, concrete is particularly cheap and it does not rot or burn. Another great reason to choose this material is that it is sustainable. Usually made with limestone, one of the most abundant materials on the planet, concrete can also be made with waste by-products such as: fly ash used in power plants. Not only that, concrete is used to recycle by-products and is also recyclable. Once it has served its primary purpose, it can be crushed to make a new batch of concrete that can be used to make pavements and roads. So, no more excuses not to let concrete into your house!

Concrete inside the house

From small accessories to countertops, concrete will add texture to your space. The material’s adaptability makes for endless possibilities, and will integrate perfectly in your existing designs, whether they are modern or rustic.

  • Countertops and tabletops

Heat resistant and durable, concrete is an excellent option for your countertops. Whatever the size and style of your counters, it can be moulded, designed and coloured to any shape and style to fit your kitchen or bathroom perfectly. With the right sealer, your countertops will be stainless – liquids will bead at the surface to make your kitchen super easy to clean. Functional and extremely versatile, you can also consider concrete for a new kitchen island or tabletop that will last a lifetime.

  • Accessories

Small concrete accessories can be a nice, original touch to a room. Hooks, door knobs, lamps, candle holders… The options are limitless!

  • Walls

For the ultimate industrial look, add a coat of concrete to your walls – you can choose to have it bare or coloured for a warmer finish. Decorative concrete tiles, with many colours and patterns are also an option for a more decisive look.

  • Stairs

Consider concrete for your open staircase! Whether concrete matches your actual decor or offers a beautiful contrast to it, concrete stair treads will be a stunning addition. Concrete will offer a better resistance to foot traffic and longer lasting.

Concrete in the garden

Totally weather-resistant, sealed concrete is a favourite for outdoor furniture. Its colour won’t fade, and you won’t have to move the furniture every time it rains for fear of water damage. With its many advantages against wood, concrete can also become a new permanent home for your flowers and shrubs. If you or your children are feeling inspired, you can use chalk to decorate your concrete “work of arts” and then use a sealer so it doesn’t wash off.

No matter how unusual your ideas for your home are, concrete can bring them to life. Whether you are looking for an original addition to your décor, or you want to achieve a total industrial look, concrete is the answer. Cost-effective, low maintenance and extremely versatile, your imagination is the only limit.

If however, you need some concrete resurfacing done at your property – driveway, pool surrounds, pathway, staircase, whatever it may be, contact the concrete resurfacing experts at The Coating Company on 0499 852 473 for a FREE quote.

 

What Is Concrete Resurfacing

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What is concrete resurfacing & when should you do it?

The times of dull concrete floors are over! Don’t settle for an outdated, aging driveway, or a worn and cracked entrance to your home any longer. Concrete resurfacing is a cheap and easy way to rejuvenate your floors. Here is an explanation on what concrete resurfacing is and when to do it.

A transformation potion

Concrete resurfacing is like plastic surgery for your floors – but better! Although concrete is one of the most durable materials for surfaces, the harsh Australian weather and the natural wear and tear will eventually cause it to erode. With concrete resurfacing, the aging or damaged surface of your floors will be removed. Then, the small holes and cracks will be filled for a smooth, healthy surface. Finally, a brand new overlay will be applied. This will help increase your floors’ longevity, but also dramatically improve the look of the entire surface!

A brand new look

After the “plastic surgery” is complete, why not add a bit of “makeup” to your floors? Thanks to innovative technologies, concrete doesn’t have to be plain grey anymore. Indeed, one of the best advantages of concrete resurfacing is that it comes in a wide array of designs, colours and textures. So, unless plain grey is what you want, there is no reason why you can’t spice things up! You can finally give your floors the exact look you’ve always wanted.

What Is Concrete Resurfacing

The best time to resurface your floors

You should consider concrete resurfacing as soon as you notice signs of ageing in your floors. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will become, until resurfacing might not be an option anymore. Doing it sooner rather than later is cost effective and less time consuming. It will keep your concrete floors healthy for longer and avoid the hassle of having to completely destroy and then rebuild your floors.

The types of surfaces we go over

  • Exposed aggregate that’s gotten old and worn
  • Stencilled or stamped concrete
  • Existing tiles if they are sound (eg: not drummy or lifting off), or if needed remove tiles and coat the underlying slab.

Now that you know everything you need to about concrete resurfacing and the best times to do it, you might be ready to take the leap! Although you can do concrete resurfacing on your own, we would highly recommend to call upon professionals. The same way you would not go through with DIY plastic surgery, doing your own resurfacing is ill-advised for aesthetics, but also for safety reasons! After all, you will be walking on them so they’d better be stable, safe and sound! Call the concrete resurfacing experts at The Coating Company today on 0499 852 473. We’ll have the area looking flawlessly fresh in no time!