Patterned Concrete Driveways
Decoratively patterned concrete driveways are becoming more and more popular today, and they give homeowners an opportunity to give themselves luxury driveways without the high price of one. The surprising thing in most patterned concrete driveways is that the stones, blocks and bricks that the concrete appears to have been combined with are simply an illusion, because it comes forth as a result of staining. Staining is a method that allows us to make it look like other materials are embedded within concrete. While it is slightly time-consuming, it is quite worth it once you see the end results of some patterned concrete driveways.
First, sweep the concrete driveway so that is clean and then ensure that there is not a single wet spot on it. Even better would be to carry out this process on a hot, dry day. Mix one part muriatic acid with five parts water and put it into a plastic spray bottle. Spray the concrete of the driveway with this mixture and let it remain for five minutes. Then rinse the solution away using a hose or a bucket of water. Then mix five parts water with one part ammonia and spray this new mixture on the concrete. The acid etching will open up pores in the concrete while ammonia will set the pH value of the surface of the concrete.
Tape off adjoining surfaces to the driveway and then mix some water into the concrete overlay material and mix it well. Then dampen the concrete and spread the mixture onto it using a squeegee before allowing it to dry for five hours. Remove any excess that you find after this time and also use a grinder stone to remove any bumps or marks.
Many patterned concrete driveways have designs that look complicated but can actually be achieved quite easily. Random stones, large blocks or brick work are all popular designs used for patterned concrete driveways. Use a stencil of your desired pattern and then lay it on the concrete before you add a second layer of the concrete overlay mixture on the stencil, but this time thin it a little bit by adding water. Let it dry for five hours before removing the stencil. Sweep away debris, and then use an acrylic stain that is water-based to spray the driveway with a color of your choice to have a patterned concrete driveway that looks like a work of art.
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