Stamped concrete is a great option for commercial outdoor cafes and courtyard areas. It can be treated to emulate stone pavers and gives premises an upscale look. But unlike pavers that can sink and allow weeds to sprout, concrete presents a continuous surface. It's also durable and offers many design options. Here are some ideas for customising the concrete areas of your business's outdoor space.
You can decorate concrete with colours in diverse ways. For example, lay pale grey concrete for the most part, and set it against a charcoal border. Or else, create grey bands over the paving, breaking it up into a design of large squares. You can also use warm tones. For example, colour the concrete terracotta and edge it with a pale beige border. Consider the surrounding landscape when choosing hues. Make sure the paving blends with structures like fences and nearby buildings.
If you want a faux stone look but plan to keep costs in check, use minimal colour variations. For example, opt for a main colour, and pick only one or two accent hues to give antiquing effects. Layering more tones will cost extra because of the increased products and labour that are required.
You can also texture the concrete in your commercial space. Doing so will not only make it visually pleasing, but the paving will have a better grip and thus be safer. You can combine different texture techniques on one surface. For example, cover most of the concrete with exposed aggregate and lay a border of faux slate pavers. Or install rock-salt finished concrete and border it with stamped paving.
Using a simple design like a broom finish and pairing it with an elaborate border is a great way to cut costs. Contractors then only have to apply the stamp mats to the edges, which will take less time than if they pressed them over the entire paving surface. Your commercial concrete contractors can provide more decorative ideas and tips on ways to save on costs.
Sealing after the design is finished, the contractors will seal the concrete to protect it from stains and weathering. A penetrating sealant soaks in and is virtually invisible. On the other hand, a topical sealant comes in matte and glossy finishes and enriches the concrete colours. Both will offer protection to keep the area in excellent condition and make it look better for longer.
Contact a commercial concrete contractor to learn more.