What is decorative concrete? Decorative concrete is basically concrete that has no real structure value. Its mainly for the purpose of improving property value and eye appeal. Decorative concrete also makes it more easier to maintain. Concrete is very porous and crumbly, so these two things make it very unattractive.
Different kinds of decorative concretes are skim coats, overlays, stamped concrete, acid staining, alkaline staining, polishing, stain and polishing, and apoxie coatings. Skim coatings are usually 1/16 of an inch. They're made of Portland cement and different kinds of glue polymers. This would give your concrete surface a uniform and consistent look. Skim coats can be stained. They also can have stamping done to them and decorative saw cuts. Skim coatings are considered an overlay.
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History of Concrete
The Egyptians made a "concrete like" material in 3000 BC. To make this material they used mud mixed with straw. They used gypsum mortars and mortars of lime to make bricks when they making the pyramids.
A primal form of concrete was used over 2000 years ago when building the Pantheon and the Coliseum in Rome. For this material they used hot lime, small gravel, coarse sand mix, water, horse hair to prevent shrinkage and sometimes animal blood.
1756 - The very first modern type of concrete was made in this year. The man who made or invented this was John Smeaton, who, at the time was a British engineer. The first modern concrete was called "Hydraulic Cement". John Smeaton mixed pebbles as a Coarse aggregate. He also mixed powdered brick. This inventor of Hydraulic Cement successfully mixed all of those materials and created this type of cement.
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I am writing this article because I recently read something that caught my attention. Someone brought out the fact that counter top sealers may not be safe due to potential contact with food. What caught my attention was an article about stone enhancers and a picture of a granite counter top. I would like to share with you my knowledge about natural stone and surface sealers. Counter tops consisting of concrete, marble, limestone, and all other man made, and natural surfaces.
First you have to determine how dense, and hard the surface that you are applying the sealer to is. The easiest way to determine this is by understanding how absorbent the surface is. You need to determine what kind of visual effect you want the sealer to emit. Also, you need to find out what effects you would like the sealer to have to your surface.
Now lets talk about what an absorbent sealer is, and what it does. An absorbent sealer actually penetrates and soaks into the surface with which it is applied. Absorbent sealers will actually soak into the surface in which it is applied. These sealers are always solvent based, always breathable, and you shouldn't be able to see the sealer sitting on top of the object. Absorbent sealers are best used on all natural stone such as marble and limestone.
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