Gray vs. Decorative Concrete

From on March 23, 2007 in Concrete

While plain gray concrete is still the most often concrete walkway installed, there are numerous decorative alternatives to dress it up, taking your walkway from boring to amazing. The best part is that most of the options will work just as well on an existing walkway, because the concrete industry has rapidly developed many decorative products that can be applied to existing plain concrete walkways.

Advantages and Cost Saving Tips to Using Gray or Decorative Concrete


Gray paving is inexpensive, traditional, and requires little maintenance.

Decorative paving

Decorative paving can add a new dimension to your home—regardless of the age of your property, it can benefit from an imaginative makeover. Whether you are looking to transform a well-worn driveway, bring color to a swimming pool, or surround or brighten up your patio, decorative paving can provide the perfect answer. Some contractors offer upwards of 250 hues and shades.

Many homeowners tend to gravitate toward the more natural browns, tans, charcoals, and terra cotta reds, but colored concrete can be used in combination, abutting each other, or stamped with a variety of textures to simulate brick, flagstone, pavers, or tile. The same colored concrete can also be made to look different, just by using different finishing techniques: For example, a broom finish creates one look. Brooming the concrete in opposite directions creates shadow effects. Swirl or fan patterns create a different type of look. For even more dramatic effect, the colored concrete can be lightly sandblasted or heavily sandblasted, or a retarder can be used and then the aggregate exposed. The availability of custom colors and penetrating stains can create natural-looking and attractive concrete patios.

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