Homeowners everywhere are discovering the versatility of decorative concrete. Learn what it is and discover four ways to update your home on the inside and the outside by being creative with concrete.

What is Decorative Concrete?

Decorative concrete is a way to enhance the look of the home, both inside and outside, by adding color, texture, or patterns to the concrete. This can be done using the following methods:

  • Staining
  • Stamping
  • Polishing
  • Stenciling
  • Overlaying

Many people are realizing the potential of using this moldable material in a variety of ways. While some homeowners are choosing to enhance their homes using do-it-yourself decorative concrete methods, others are hiring concrete contractors to ensure a high-quality, professional look.

Four Ways to Update Your Home Using Decorative Concrete

1. Concrete countertops - It might sound odd to have a countertop made out of concrete. But don't worry, your old out of date countertops won't just be replaced with a slab of cement. Instead, by using decorative concrete methods, your countertops will be customized to match or complement the colors of your kitchen or bathroom, making them more beautiful and durable than ever.

2. Interior flooring - Are you bored by your hardwood floors? Are you sick of looking at that plain old linoleum in the kitchen? Do you no longer want to spend time vacuuming your carpets? Update your interior flooring with decorative concrete flooring. There are many benefits for doing so, some of which include:

  • Less maintenance
  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain and odor resistant 

Another advantage to concrete flooring is that it is nontoxic. Some types of flooring, including padding and adhesive, emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Concrete flooring that is stained with nontoxic pigments eliminates this threat.

3. Patio - The patio is a great place to use decorative concrete. With the many patterns that can be created including brick, cobblestone, circles, and borders, all achieved by using stamped concrete methods, you will have the fanciest looking patio on the block. If you don't want a pattern, a beautiful seamless look can be achieved as well.

4. Steps - Give your front porch or back deck a facelift with decorative concrete. A variety of styles using an unlimited number of colors and designs can be achieved adding beauty and value to your home for years to come.

If you're looking for ways to add your own style to your home, or produce a stunning visual effect that will have all the neighbors talking, you can't go wrong using decorative concrete in one of these four ways.