The way concrete is finished makes a big difference in how your concrete surface will look. The same mix of cement, water, and aggregates can have an entirely different look. One of the things we love about concrete is how versatile it is. You can use it for very utilitarian purposes — like foundation repair or pouring — or you can design stunning patio spaces or entire homes and buildings. 

In today’s blog post, our concrete company shares a few concrete finishing methods. If you choose to work with A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair for your next Nashville concrete pouring project, we’d be more than happy to talk you through your options for finishing. Learn more and contact our concrete contractors for concrete floor leveling, driveway repair, and more.

Trowel 

This the most basic concrete finishes, like you’d see on sidewalks and patios. Troweling can be accomplished through both manual or mechanical means. It gets its name from smoothing with a hand trowel — a flat steel blade with an attached handle — that is pulled across the concrete surface. Power trowels are also used to finish concrete and they resemble large fans with blades that sit against the concrete and smooth the concrete floor. 

Broom Finish

A broom finish can be applied to concrete to make the surface less slippery. Just after troweling, a broom is dragged across the concrete surface to create small ridges. These ridges provide traction control when the concrete surface is wet and is an easy way to make your concrete floor or patio safer.

Texturing

There are many many different kinds of concrete texturing, and A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair concrete contractors are more than happy to talk with you about your options! In general, you can think of texturing as simply other ways of creating texture on the surface of your concrete. 

A common form of texturing is an exposed aggregate finish, which you can see on many sidewalks of old cities. You can see the edges of the natural stone aggregates in the concrete, or there may be pebbles or shells, providing a beautiful, slip-resistant finish. You can mix all kinds of aggregate into your concrete, and many choose to use rose quartz, limestone, and basalt to create unique textures and finishes.

Stamped Concrete

Many homeowners in Nashville choose to finish their concrete driveways and patios by stamping their concrete. Concrete stamping involves placing panels with inlaid designs onto the concrete as it cures. Common designs include brick and stone, allowing you to mimic the look of other materials while retaining the strength, affordability, and durability of concrete.

Grinding & Polishing

Cured concrete can be ground and polished for a clean and glossy look. Not only does polished concrete look great, but it is also very easy to maintain and actually provides more slip resistance than non-polished concrete. Polishing is typically done by using concrete floor grinders that have diamond abrasives that smooth the floor. Depending on the finish you’re looking to achieve, finer and finer diamond abrasives can be used. If you are interested in grinding and polishing your concrete surface, it’s important to first make sure you have a level surface. A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville can help provide concrete floor leveling services.

Salt Finish

Our concrete contractors use salt finishes most often for Nashville swimming pool decks. A salt finish is created by applying rock salt to the top of the wet concrete and then washing it away, leaving small pits in the finished surface. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to make a plain concrete surface look more unique.

A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair – Nashville

If you’re thinking about pouring a new concrete patio, driveway, pool deck, or any other concrete project, our concrete company can help. We’ll work with you to find the concrete finish that fits your needs AND your budget! Along with pouring new concrete, we also specialize in concrete repair like concrete floor leveling and foundation repair. Contact us today for a free quote.

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