- Stamped Concrete
- Stained Concrete
- Decorative Concrete Overlays
- Colored Concrete
- Concrete Polishing
- Concrete Countertops
- Concrete Resurfacing
- Design Ideas for Decorative Concrete
- Concrete Designs: Decorative concrete ideas for patios, floors, driveways, pool decks, countertops, and more
- Six Hot Decorative Concrete Design Ideas on a Budget
- What Is Decorative Concrete?
- Glossary of Decorative Concrete Terms: What is a band? What is a field?
- Types of Textured Finishes: Float and trowel textures, broom finishes, rock salt
- Decorative Concrete Mix Design
- Decorative Concrete Cost
- Maintaining Decorative Concrete
- Cleaning Decorative Concrete
- Concrete Sealers
- Other Resources
- Going Green with Concrete Floors and Countertops: An overview of concrete's eco-friendly benefits
- Concrete Contractors: Find A Concrete Product Supplier or Distributor
Textured Concrete FinishesStamped, Stenciled, Float and Troweled Textures, Broom Finishes, Rock Salt
Textured concrete finishes are going to be the least expensive of the decorative concrete ideas listed here. The reason is because all these finishes are done by the concrete finisher, or maybe one or two extra finishers on the crew. They require no added materials to produce (except for several bags of salt in the rock salt finish application).
Stamped concrete, commonly referred to as textured or imprinted concrete, is concrete that is designed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile and even wood.
Stenciling concrete can be a great alternative to decorative stamping while permitting similar design flexibility.
Float and Trowel Finishes
Patterns can be made on the concrete, such as swirls, or different size arcs. The texture created can be coarse, medium, or smooth depending on the tool used to impart the pattern. Wood floats create coarser textures. Aluminum floats or steel trowels create medium or smooth finishes.
Rock Salt Finishes
Water softener salt crystals 1/8" to 3/8" in size are broadcast onto the fresh concrete. A roller is then used to press the salt crystals into the concrete. The surface is later washed, dissolving the salt and leaving small holes. Read more about rock salt finishes.