Are you looking for ways to decorate your home with concrete? Well thankfully, people have been using concrete in their homes for decades and not just the average and boring gray stuff. There are dozens of different types of concretes that can take your home to the next level. What you want to do before you just start mixing up your concrete is to make sure you have all the information you need before a bag of concrete even comes into your home. Thankfully, we have a few tips that you can follow to make sure you are making the right choice when it comes to the types and finishes that concrete has to offer! So, let’s get started!
The first step of the process no matter what type of concrete you are going to use is making sure you have done your research. But, you have an amazing tool at your disposal, the internet! The internet can provide useful information and even videos going over what you are specifically trying to do. Down below you will find a few of the things that you should research before choosing which type concrete makes its way into your home:
- Concrete that excels in your specific climate
- Different concrete manufactures that use different concretes
- The finishes that the concrete can provide if any finishes at all
- A few different types of concrete coatings to amplify your bare concrete
When you have completed your research in the field of concrete, you will feel a bit overwhelmed, but don’t worry so do most other people the first time around. There are different types of concrete rated for different traffic levels and even how often the concrete will become exposed to moisture. Before taking the risk of buying a concrete, there are a few things that you should take into consideration and you can find them down below:
- Different concretes can be used for different finishes
- Making sure the concrete is rated for what you are going to use it for
- Choosing a level of protection that is right for you
- Finding concrete that has more colored pigments readily available
Plan Your Layout
After you know what type of concrete you are going with, the next step is going to be to plan your layout. For this process, again your best chance is going to be to take to the internet for inspiration. There are millions of pictures online of different designs using all types of concrete coatings that you can twist with your own flair. But, don’t only limit yourself to the internet, go outside and examine a few local buildings. In my experience, museums and government buildings have beautiful flooring that can serve as an inspiration for your next project.
Finding The Right Tools
An element that is just as important as finding the right concrete for your project is making sure to find all the tools that you are going to need for your project. With the millions of different tools that are out there for concrete, it can be hard to tell what you are going to need for your purposes. But in most cases, your concrete is going to come with directions and a small list of tools that you might need to carry out its installation. But in case yours doesn’t, here are a few tools that are good to have when working with concrete:
- Mixing drill with a paddle
- Trowels/Margin trowel
- Water and mixing buckets
- Spray Bottles
- Rubber gloves
Keeping An Open Mind
Sometimes it can be a little harder than we might like to admit when we have bitten off more than we can chew, but don’t worry about it, it’s very common when working with concrete. Especially when working on a DIY project, asking for help isn’t a big deal at all! Bringing a professional contractor into the mix can make your life much easier because they know what is the best concrete, have all the best tools and all the knowledge needed to get your project done ASAP.
These are our tips for decorating your home with concrete, make sure to never rush into the project without taking this advice. With concrete coatings, the simplest mistake can leave you needing to start the process over again. We wish you the best of luck on your next project and those after!