Decorative Concrete & Resurfacing Options
-Integral Colored Concrete
Stenciling Patterns Into Concrete:
-Stenciling On Fresh Poured Concrete
Walls - Stone-Crete
brushed finishes on concrete began as a practical matter, so
surfaces wouldn't be too slippery.
use of decorative finish options increases, brushing or brooming
the concrete surface has evolved into a fairly uncomplicated,
yet versatile, technique to create unique artistic applications.
like putting a brush in an artist's hand and letting him
create on a canvas except this is on concrete. You pick a
pattern and go with it.
A good thought
to keep in mind is to mix applications to get different looks.
You can mix the broom with stamps or with stains and different
colors. For example, in long spans of concrete, like a driveway,
you color it and broom it; then you do the borders with a stamp.
concrete is not much different than sweeping the floor with
a broom. The finish look can vary widely, depending on how soon
the brooming is done, the texture of the bristles and whether
the concrete surface is wet or dry.
for the job are simple. There are essentially two types of brooms
- those made of horsehair and those brooms made of synthetic
materials as nylon. Horsehair brooms create finer textures than
do synthetic varieties.
content of the brush is also critical to creating various looks.
A damp, stiff-bristled broom, for instance, can produce a coarse
texture, perfect for heavy traffic areas and sloping surfaces.
Dry, soft-bristled brooms are best suited for creating medium
to fine textures.
Timing is another
important factor. Getting on the concrete too early can create
a weak surface; getting on it too late can mean the strokes won't
make the desired indentations. Knowing when the concrete is ready
to be brushed it's something you learn from experience and practice.
Do the finger test: push your finger in and if it's hard enough
and your finger won't leave an impression, then it's ready.
critical factor to ensuring the desired effect is keeping the
brushes clean. The bristles should be rinsed frequently to keep
the tips clean.
the whole slab looking the same, apply the same pressure on
the broom throughout.
to avoid when you're brooming:
too long to begin the process or getting on the concrete too
•A dirty broom
•Too much water on the surface
possibilities for brooming effects:
the direction of strokes with different textured brushes can
simulate the look of wood grain, similar to that of a parquet
the concrete with alternating brush strokes in jointed blocks
can resemble a checkerboard.
a lightly featured brush in a circular motion can create "Swirls".
frame" look can be achieved by using the trowel's hard
edge to block off the broomed parameter.
broom can be used to create curves, waves, and herringbone
patterns, even circles.
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