Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. One special subset is called architectural and decorative concrete, which refers to a substance that provides an aesthetic finish and structural capabilities in one. This material is made to be seen. Whether creating broad expanses or minute details, concrete permanently captures the chosen look. Achieving an architectural or decorative appearance usually requires that something different be done to the concrete. Whether that involves special forms, special finishing techniques, or special ingredients, the variety of effects is almost unlimited.
Architectural and Decorative Concrete Applications
Since concrete is such a versatile material, more and more people are realizing its value in making countertops. Shapes of countertops are only limited by your imagination and the ability to build the forms. Read more on concrete countertops.
Decorative Floors & Flatwork
Through the use of stains, stamps, dyes, colored pigments, white cement, textured patterns, ornate sawcuts, epoxy overlay, and more, concrete floors are becoming increasingly attractive for home and facility owners. Read more on decorative floors and flatwork.
Strands of optical fibers are cast by the thousands into concrete to transmit light, either natural or artificial, into all spaces surrounding the resulting translucent panels. Read more on light-transmitting concrete.
White portland cement has essentially the same properties as gray cement, except for color. Read more on white cement.
White Self-Consolidating Concrete
Self-consolidating concrete (SCC) provides good form filling characteristics and a good quality finish. That makes it well suited to any type of concrete that will be exposed to view, where appearance is important. Read more on white self-consolidating concrete.