Concreting is often an overlooked, yet important aspect of landscaping. A common mistake made by people is the belief that concrete and cement are the same. Actually, cement is just one of the components of concrete, together with water and aggregate, which could either be gravel, rock or sand.
Beneficial properties of concrete
While concrete is oftentimes associated with walls, driveways, pathways and sidewalks, concreting has many uses both in landscaping and in other home improvements. It is preferred because of the following properties:
Strength and durability
It can withstand all kinds of weather and heavy foot traffic. It can likewise resist scratches and abrasion brought by the movement of heavy equipment, appliances and furniture. It is long lasting as well.
Compared to other materials, the use of concrete in your landscape projects is easier to install and can create a high-end appearance at a lesser cost.
It enhances both indoor and outdoor spaces and can even be used to make sinks, countertops, fireplaces and benches. It can likewise be used as border, decorative pieces like fountains, statues, birdbaths.
It can be used in a wide range of applications and designs and comes in varying texture, size, colours and surface treatment.
A concrete surface is easy to clean, maintain and is free from the growth of weeds and wild plants.
There are different types of applications to enhance the look of the concrete portion of a structure.
A great way to have a more natural looking concrete area is to use the exposed aggregate technique. This occurs when different coloured stones and concrete are used in the concrete mix. The top surface of the concrete is washed off, exposing the coloured stones and leaving a natural and aesthetically pleasing finish that requires minimal maintenance.
Textured Spray Finish
Textured spray finishes come in multiple colour selections which is applied to the concrete by high pressure air spray or in some cases troweled onto the surface. This is a very versatile form of finish which can be used to create an attractive modern finish to your home paths, patios or driveway areas.
Colour Tinted Concrete
This is an effective way to add colour using various oxides mixed in with the plain grey concrete to compliment your landscape and achieve a unique appearance. This application is popularly used in driveways, patios, pool areas and walkways.
Since concreting is a crucial and essential part of landscape construction, using the licenced professional services of Jason Reading Landscapes will ensure you get the best result.