Adding concrete sidewalks and walkways to your property does not only offer greater functionality but increases your property value. While most property owners usually opt for simple concrete pouring, which results in a dull grey pavement, there are other options which can beautify your landscape and property while boosting curb appeal and making your property stand out from the rest.
When it comes to building a decorative pavement, people mostly think of expensive materials like natural stone. However, we have a few ideas that will allow you to be unique, garner aesthetic appeal, and still enjoy the benefits of concrete.
Concrete pavement is long-lasting, highly durable, and requires minimal maintenance. Concrete is also very customizable, but most people don’t take advantage of its versatility. Below is a list of ideas for concrete sidewalks and walkway designs which are sure to give your property a real boost.
Interlocking Concrete Pavers
Concrete pavers are the most popular option for decorative surfaces despite being expensive. Pavers are available in multiple sizes, shapes, and colors. Also, repairing a walkway made from pavers is easy – unlike other options – as the damaged paver can be easily replaced (if you can find one that matches the other pavers).
Decorative Concrete Sawcutting and Scoring
Concrete saws and hand tools can be used to engrave permanent patterns into a walkway or sidewalk. The sawed design can be enhanced by color to create elaborate designs and distinctive graphics. This method is more time-consuming and takes a lot of effort.
Exposed Aggregate Finishes
Exposed aggregate finishes give a walkway or sidewalk a colorful pebble-like finish and slip-resistance at a reasonable cost. You can achieve a more dramatic effect by combining smooth and exposed aggregate concrete finishes in a single design or using stones in different colors.
One way to avoid getting a mundane gray concrete walkway is by giving it some color. There are multiple permanent coloring and staining options. Chemical stains, dry-shake hardeners, and integral color are the most common methods for coloring exterior concrete surfaces in a single color or to achieve a multi-tonal effect. Also, coloring goes great with stenciled or stamped concrete.
Stamped concrete is a relatively popular decorative surface treatment with unlimited patterns. You can make it resemble traditional materials such as slate, brick, flagstone, or wood. It can also feature intricate designs and motifs. After the concrete mixture is poured, any pattern can be stamped on it. You can even use different finishes, sealers, and stains to add color to the surface.
Stenciling is similar to stamping. It offers excellent design flexibility. However, instead of using rubber stamps to emboss the design on the wet concrete slab, disposable paper stencils are used in stenciling. Dry-shake paint is used to color the exposed concrete, so once the stencil is removed, the areas covered by the concrete look like mortar joints connecting individual elements.
We hope this post gave you some great ideas for how to upgrade your own concrete sideway, or walkway. However, before you finalize anything, do keep in mind that decorative concrete sidewalks and walkways require a more extensive concrete maintenance regimen so that the pavement can retain its texture, look, and color.
D&J Site Construction offers affordable concrete solutions in McAllen. Contact us to discuss different ideas for your project, and if you already have a creative vision for your project, then get an estimate today.