If you are going to pour a concrete foundation for your home, you should consider some ways to make it look a little more dynamic. That is, most people will agree that raw, gray concrete doesn't exactly look great. Additionally, raw concrete, without any texture or color, is going to show stains, cracks, and other blemishes more prominently. This article explains two ways you can add style to a concrete foundation.
Add a Tint to Your Concrete
Adding a tint to your concrete is a great decision. The best concrete tints are those that come pre-mixed into the actual concrete powder. This way the entire slab of concrete is going to be the same color. It won't just be the outer surface that is tinted. Most people choose a subtle tint that matches or coordinates with the colors on their exterior walls. These not only look warmer and more stylish, they also help to hide blemishes and dirt stains. Basically, stains won't be as noticeable because of the coloring.
Add a Texture to Your Concrete
A slight texture can also make your concrete look much more stylish and easier to clean. Textures are usually applied while the concrete is being poured, during the drying process. That is, any traditional concrete product can be used, but a special stamp is applied to the concrete as it is drying. This stamp usually has a texture and some sort of shape to it. The shapes kind of take the form of fake grout lines, making it look like a stone or tile floor. Basically, most textures are made to make the concrete look a little bit more like real stone. However, the texture can also be polished for an extremely smooth and stylish finish. A texture and also help to prevent your concrete from getting dirty. Most people add a textured finish to their concrete will also invest in a tinted concrete. This way their concrete has a tint and a texture.
Whether you get a tinted finish, a textured finish, or both, you can finish off your concrete and make it more durable by adding a glaze. A clear glaze over the top your concrete is going to protect it from staining, give it a slightly shinier look, and generally create a smoother surface. As you can see, it is pretty easy to add some extra style to your concrete foundation. To learn more, contact a foundation repair specialist