There are many alternatives to stone and brick for walkways and driveways. Concrete can be given a number of specialized treatments that can give it a complex and decorative treatment. Or, the outer skin of concrete can be removed to expose the aggregate underneath (a finish referred to as exposed aggregate.) Permeable pavers can also be used for flat surfaces. These pavers allow water to permeate back into the water table. They are beautiful, durable, and and environmentally friendly. Concrete can be treated with stains or colorants to create a rich variety of hues and textures, or stamped with patterns to mimic natural surfaces from marble to wood planks. Whether the project calls for stamping, integral colorants, acid or water based staining, polishing, engraving, or a myriad of other finishes or treatments, Bobcat Concrete and Masonry offers you expertise unparalleled in the industry.
One of the most popular treatments for concrete is stamping, wherein a stamp or mold is applied to wet concrete. The stamp is then removed, leaving its impression in the dry concrete. This impression can create the appearance of brick, stone, or many other interesting and attractive artistic patterns.
Chemical staining is a coloring process that involves a chemical reaction on a cementitious material. A solution made with water, acid, and inorganic salts reacts with minerals already present in the concrete, the result of this reaction is color. Chemical staining gives concrete a mottled, variegated, marble like look. It creates beautiful colors on concrete, mostly earth tone browns, reddish browns and greens. A wide array of effects can be created using brushes, mops, sprayers, etc., or by creating patterns with leaves, sawdust, rags, or other inert materials.
Polished concrete is a mechanical grind and polish process that utilizes industrial diamonds & impregnating hardeners and sealers to level, densify, polish, and seal concrete floors. Polishing brings out the natural beauty of concrete by smoothing the surface. Advantages include elimination of dusting from efflorescence, Superior durability, Eco friendly, Cost-effectiveness, Low maintenance, Improved reflectivity and ambient lighting and Reduced tire wear.