Decorative concrete has been described in a number of forums as “not simply a utilitarian medium for construction but as an aesthetic enhancement to a structure, while still serving its function as an integral part of the building itself such as floors, walls, driveways and patios.”
Concrete is evolving and Australian home owners, renovators, designers and builders are finding amazing ways to make this essential construction medium a new and exciting feature of construction. Today’s concrete may be coloured, stained, dyed, exposed, ground, polished, recoloured, resurfaced and featured in structures. Specialised aggregates are being introduced to enhance the design and look of concrete and to even improve the functionality of a structure, like glowing aggregates in footpaths for after dark usage. Some ways which concrete is being used as a design element include: coloured concrete, exposed concrete, polished concrete, colour resurfacing, stamped concrete, stencil concrete, colour sealers, concrete benches and furniture.
There are numerous other systems and finished which can be applied to achieve decorative finishes including dyes and stain or epoxy, flake, polyurethane and polaspartic coating systems.
Canberra has a plethora of organisations working with the local design and building community to achieve more with their concrete. Furthermore, it is important to engage with these businesses early in your construction process so you can understand what is involved with working with concrete to meet your designed vision. Start a conversation with your pre-mixed supplier, local decorative concrete supplier, concrete placer or specialist concrete contractors to see what you can achieve on your project.