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Design Ideas for Small Backyard Patios

On August 21, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Design Ideas for Small Backyard Patios By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com columnist If your backyard (or budget) allows for installation of only a small concrete patio, you can still make a big impact by taking advantage of concrete’s ability to be cast in nearly any shape, pattern, or color. Consider these decorative options to give your […]

Design Ideas for Small Backyard Patios
By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com columnist
If your backyard (or budget) allows for installation of only a small concrete patio, you can still make a big impact by taking advantage of concrete’s ability to be cast in nearly any shape, pattern, or color. Consider these decorative options to give your small patio greater visual appeal and functionality.

Incorporate curves.
You don’t have to settle for boring square shapes with straight lines. “There’s a trend for curved patios that blend with the landscaping,” says Matt Zook of J&H Decorative Concrete. He likes to shape concrete patios so they flow with the landscaping. His patios typically only “square off” when they meet up with a walkway or doorway.

Add a pattern or stenciled design.
You can give your small patio the look of natural stone or brick by using a stamped pattern or stencils. With stencils, you can also create more elaborate custom designs, such as a faux outdoor area rug.

Add a border.
Zook likes to frame small patios with a border, especially if the patio has a pattern. “It looks cleaner,” he says. “I don’t like the look of a pattern running all the way off the edge.” Borders also are an effective, inexpensive way to dress up plain concrete, if economy is an issue. Other easy-on-the-budget finishes for small patios include exposed aggregate and a rock salt finish
Use color judiciously.
You can achieve a wide array of great decorative effects using integral or topically applied color. For a small patio, however, it’s best to keep it simple. “The price goes up with more choices of color,” says Zook. “It can be more economical to use the same color for patterned fields and borders.” He also recommends choosing colors that match or complement the house.

Allow enough space for outdoor furniture.
Zook recommends a minimum patio size of 20 to 25 square feet to accommodate furniture and space for walking. He tells customers that for a six-chair outdoor table, they will need at least 10 feet of circumference for the table, plus additional walk-around room.

 

How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace

On July 19, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace By Denise Schoonhoven, eHow Contributor Made of lightweight concrete and molded to replicate the look of natural stone, manufactured stone veneer is a modern building material for fireplaces. While the firebox itself is made of heavy-duty materials, the hearth, mantle, and chimney are clad with faux stone. […]

How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace
By Denise Schoonhoven, eHow Contributor

Made of lightweight concrete and molded to replicate the look of natural stone, manufactured stone veneer is a modern building material for fireplaces. While the firebox itself is made of heavy-duty materials, the hearth, mantle, and chimney are clad with faux stone. Manufactured stone is colored with pigments and stains to match the type of stone found in nature, then sealed to maintain the veneer’s integrity. Both indoor and outdoor fireplaces clad in manufactured stone are low maintenance.
Instructions
Things You’ll Need
• Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
• Vacuum extender attachment
• Broom
• Towel
• Spray bottle glass cleaner
• Garden hose
• Exterior window cleaner
• Garden spray nozzle
• Manufactured stone cleaner
• Brush
• Pressure sprayer
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Vacuum the entire surface of an interior manufactured stone fireplace once a month or more frequently in regions where dust and debris accumulate quickly. Use the brush attachment on the hose of the vacuum cleaner to avoid scratching the seal on the faux stone. Add an extender attachment to the hose to reach higher surfaces. For an exterior fireplace, brush dust and debris from manufactured stone surfaces with a broom.
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Wipe the hearth, mantle, and any surfaces that can get fingerprints with a soft towel moistened with glass cleaner. Allow the cleaner to dry completely before starting a new fire. Outdoors, spray a manufactured stone fireplace with an exterior window cleaner attached to a garden hose. Rinse residue away thoroughly with clear water through a garden spray nozzle attachment on the hose.
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Use a manufactured stone cleaner to remove stains or built-up grime that can accumulate on outdoor fireplaces near cooking areas or during construction. Clear the area of furniture and cover the surrounding surfaces with plastic. Dilute the cleaner with water in proportions directed by the manufacturer’s label instructions. Moisten the faux stone with clear water, apply the cleaning solution with a brush or sprayer, then rinse repeatedly with a pressure sprayer.

Read more: How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6397409_care-manufactured-stone-fireplace.html#ixzz1f23BTgLm

 

BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING

On June 27, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING So what makes an epoxy coating one of the best finishes for your garage floor? Besides looking nice, the hardened and thick application that you get from epoxy creates a coating that is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, chemicals, stains, and surface abrasion. You don’t have […]

BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING

So what makes an epoxy coating one of the best finishes for your garage floor? Besides looking nice, the hardened and thick application that you get from epoxy creates a coating that is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, chemicals, stains, and surface abrasion. You don’t have to panic about damaging the floor if you drop a wrench or a bicycle falls over.

The thicker coating also does a great job of covering over minor imperfections such as small spider cracks and flaws in the concrete. Because epoxy is a topical sealer, it is also anti-dusting. Much of the dust in a garage is created from the powder that a cement floor can shed. Normal traffic on bare concrete can kick up this dusty powder that has a tendency of collecting on cars, tool benches, and storage items, as well as being tracked into the house.

As a topical coating it is also naturally moisture resistant. This is a great benefit for people who live in snowy climates. It makes for easy cleaning of icy brines and road salts that can collect on the floor during the winter. Just a little mild soap and water is all it takes. Dust and debris can be collected with a dust mop or soft broom when the floor is dry.

Depending on whether you added colored acrylic flakes to the floor and the type of topcoat used, some surfaces can be slippery when wet. For people who live in drier climates this usually isn’t an issue. If you want some extra grip however, you can add slip resistant aggregate to the final coat that will create a non-skid surface.

Why Epoxy is a Premier Garage Floor Coating

 

How to Kick Back, Relax, and Vacation at Home

On June 5, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Put the World On Hold Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind, says Amy McDonald, spa director of El Monte Sagrado, in Taos, New Mexico. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to […]

Put the World On Hold
Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind, says Amy McDonald, spa director of El Monte Sagrado, in Taos, New Mexico. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Leave them there for the whole day (or two, or five).

Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that “not at all” is always an option.

Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail (even if your office is a corner of the playroom). Say you won’t be checking your e-mail till you’re back from vacation. Then power down the computer and throw a towel over it.

Skip the news—and maybe even stop the mail—for a week. When you banish the source of stress, the stress itself may follow. The earth will continue to turn even if you’re not reading all about it every morning at 7:30 sharp, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.

https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/staycation/put-world-on-hold

 

25 Genius Ways to Throw a Better Backyard Barbecue…

On January 5, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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It’s summertime and — as the saying goes — the living is easy. Or at least it will be when you steal these fast, fresh tips for your next backyard BBQ. BY KATHLEEN HACKETT AND MARIA CARTER http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/

It’s summertime and — as the saying goes — the living is easy. Or at least it will be when you steal these fast, fresh tips for your next backyard BBQ.

http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/

 

Summer Fun

On June 27, 2016, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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For some great summer fun ideas with the kids and family, the following link will get you started making summer a great  http://www.listotic.com/32-best-diy-backyard-games/    

For some great summer fun ideas with the kids and family, the following link will get you started making summer a great  http://www.listotic.com/32-best-diy-backyard-games/

 

 

 

Outdoor Kitchens and Concrete Countertops

On July 30, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Backyard kitchens with cooking surfaces, sinks, bars and storage areas are all the rage in the growing outdoor living trend. Concrete countertops are being noticed as the number one material that is both highly functional as well as decorative for taking cooking and entertaining activities outdoors. Designing with concrete countertops outdoors is also attractive because […]

Backyard kitchens with cooking surfaces, sinks, bars and storage areas are all the rage in the growing outdoor living trend. Concrete countertops are being noticed as the number one material that is both highly functional as well as decorative for taking cooking and entertaining activities outdoors. Designing with concrete countertops outdoors is also attractive because of their easy maintenance and vast design flexibility. Here are some tips from HGTV’s favorite garden artisan, Scott Cohen, on how to build with today’s most popular cast concrete countertop finishes.

 

 

 

SMALL PATIO IDEAS

On July 14, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Even if you only have a small space, you can still entertain some small patio ideas. A patio doesn’t have to be large to be enjoyed! We all need a little outdoor space to get fresh air, relax and do other activities like grilling. First you need to decide the shape of your patio. This […]

Even if you only have a small space, you can still entertain some small patio ideas. A patio doesn’t have to be large to be enjoyed! We all need a little outdoor space to get fresh air, relax and do other activities like grilling.

First you need to decide the shape of your patio. This may be very easy if your space is limited. If you have a larger yard, you can play a little more with the shape of your patio. Maybe you want to incorporate built-in planters or add a curved edge.

Best Patio Colors

As with any small space, lighter colors and patterns should always be used rather than dark colors and large patterns. The light colors or neutral colors will help make your space seem bigger. Carry the use of light colors when you are choosing your patio furniture. Light colored wood furniture or white wickers are excellent for a small patio.

To add some color to your patio, think of accent pieces such as planter, vases or decorative objects.

Patio Floor

Once you know how you want your patio to look, it is time to decide on which material you want to use to build it. There are lots of choices to fit every budget and artistic temperament. Bricks will give you a traditional feel, while pavers take that feeling and give it a little tweak.

Concrete was once the most boring of choices, but not anymore! Today, concrete can be dyed, stamped, stenciled, textured and decorated. Natural stone is a bit more pricy, but it makes an impressive patio. Another alternative is to combine materials.

Maybe mix brick with sections of concrete or stone tiles, for example. Be sure to choose an option that not only fits your budget, but complements your home. Alternatively, if you have an existing concrete patio that you’d like to fix up, decorative concrete overlays can be done to make it look like a brand new patio.

http://www.backyard-landscape-ideas.com/small-patio-ideas.html

 

How Do I Protect and Maintained Stained Concrete?

On May 21, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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How Do I Protect and Maintain Stained Concrete? Although stain is permanent and won’t flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with […]

How Do I Protect and Maintain Stained Concrete?

Although stain is permanent and won’t flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of clear sealer (outdoors) and a floor wax (indoors). A good sealer will provide other benefits as well, such as adding sheen to the surface and enhancing color intensity. (See Protecting Acid Stained Floors and The Concrete Network’s Shop Smart Guide to Buying Concrete Sealers.)

While protecting stained concrete with a sealer or floor finish will repel dirt and help prevent wear, it does not eliminate the need for periodic maintenance. How much traffic the surface receives often dictates the amount of ongoing maintenance required. To protect your investment, ask the stain manufacturer or stain applicator to provide you with care and maintenance guidelines, including recommendations for cleaning products.

Here are some general tips:

  • For interior concrete floors subject to only light foot traffic, maintenance is usually a simple matter of dry dust mopping and occasional wet mopping with a neutral-pH cleaner.
  • If stained floors begin to loose their luster or shine, rewaxing will usually revive the appearance. In a typical residential setting, a year or longer may go by before it’s necessary to buff and rewax the floor. In businesses with more traffic, it will be necessary to reapply the finish at more frequent intervals.
  • For exterior stained concrete, keep the surface clean by sweeping it with a broom or leaf blower or rinsing with a garden hose. To remove stubborn dirt, scrub with a mop or medium-bristle brush and a mild cleaner.
  • To keep exterior surfaces protected, apply a new coat of sealer every year or two, or as necessary. When you begin to notice that water no longer beads up on the surface, it’s time to reseal.
  • Stained concrete countertops will have different protection and maintenance needs than walking surfaces. Be sure to consult the installer for guidance.

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3 Budget Friendly Decorative Finishes for Exterior Concrete

On April 29, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Three Budget-Friendly Decorative Finishes for Exterior Concrete By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist In this ailing economy, many homeowners are cutting back on remodeling expenses and forgoing some of their dream projects. But if your dream is to install a fabulous decorative concrete driveway, sidewalk or entryway that will transform your home and boost its curb […]

Three Budget-Friendly Decorative Finishes for Exterior Concrete

By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist

In this ailing economy, many homeowners are cutting back on remodeling expenses and forgoing some of their dream projects. But if your dream is to install a fabulous decorative concrete driveway, sidewalk or entryway that will transform your home and boost its curb appeal, you may still be able to get the high-end look you’re after without emptying your pocketbook. Instead of spending a premium for elaborate stamped, stenciled or multicolored concrete, you can achieve equally impressive results with these three budget-friendly decorative treatments. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also get a durable, low-maintenance surface that will last for decades. Now that’s true economy!

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Exposed Aggregate
With an exposed-aggregate finish, you can achieve spectacular effects at a reasonable cost because few additional materials (other than the decorative aggregate) are required. To get the look, your contractor simply places the concrete and then removes the top layer of cement paste by scrubbing or pressure washing to reveal the embedded aggregate. Many types and sizes of decorative aggregate are available to achieve unlimited color and texture variations. Durable and skid resistant, an exposed-aggregate finish is ideal for most exterior flatwork.

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Rock Salt Finish
A rock salt finish is a traditional and easy method for adding subtle texture and skid resistance to plain or colored concrete. The salt leaves a speckled pattern of shallow indentations on the concrete surface, similar to the appearance of slightly pitted, weathered rock. While the pattern isn’t elaborate, it has a distinctive look not achievable with any other method. Salt finishes are attractive alone, but are particularly stunning when used in combination with colored concrete and other decorative treatments. Even better, the finish requires few additional tools and materials to produce, keeping the cost affordable.

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Brooming and Borders
If you’re on a tight budget, you can achieve impressive results by mixing stamped or stenciled concrete borders with fields of less-expensive plain or broom-finished concrete. Using contrasting colors will give the surface even more pizazz.

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