STAMPED CONCRETE ARTICLES, BIONDO CEMENT
Decorative stamped concrete patios in Macomb Twp. Michigan are becoming very popular and the choice of many homeowners. The beauty, durability, low maintenance, and affordability of stamped concrete in Macomb county and Oakland County is the reason more consumers are choosing decorative stamped concrete over natural stone materials.
Concrete stamps are what are used to give different impressions to color concrete. When a concrete stamp is pressed into the freshly laid concrete it leaves a beautiful stone texture. There are many different patterns and styles to choose from.
Stamped patio costs have many different options. A ground level patio is usually lower in cost. When choosing to increase your patio height, this will require additional labor, materials like crushed concrete, cement, and framing boards. All these factors will cause an increase in the price. Also, the number of steps could be a factor, Biondo Cement tries not to exceed more than three steps because of weight issues and settling that could appear over time.
Biondo Cement has many beautiful border stains colors to choose from. Our stains are displayed on actual concrete boards so that our customers can see the true colors as they really are. Concrete stains by Biondo Cement have their own unique look and add beauty to any patio design. Our newest borders incorporate exposed aggregate and stained concrete together; this is a Biondo exclusive only.
Decorative concrete is just one version of many different ways to describe “stamped concrete”. Homeowners in Macomb County and Oakland County MI are using search terms such as, textured concrete, patterned concrete, colored concrete, stamped concrete, concrete stamping, patio design, concrete staining, and stamped decorative concrete to find a stamped concrete contractor in their area. Biondo Cement has created a video that shows customers all the details involved to create a custom decorative stamped concrete job, simply go to the main menu bar and look for “Crew at Work”.
Biondo Cement is fully insured and licensed by the State of Michigan. Our license was issued in 1990
and we are very proud to say that we have an excellent record. We are the leading concrete contractor specializing in patios, driveways, concrete floors, concrete staining, concrete sealing, exposed concrete, and concrete patio designs. We service Macomb County and Oakland county MI. Our expertise, quality, workmanship and the finished product will leave you very impressed and most of all very satisfied.
Biondo Cement services all of Macomb County and some of Oakland County Michigan. We provide affordable concrete in stamped, colored, textured, regular cement, exposed concrete, stained concrete, and decorative concrete. Our Super Guarantee is for two years.
A permit is required for all decorative concrete work in Macomb MI. Biondo Cement will apply for all
the necessary permits through the Macomb Twp. Building Department. All stamped patios must be inspected by a Building Inspector Official and must be approved by the Building Department. Stamped concrete in Macomb MI is very affordable, and the choice of many homeowners looking to stretch their dollars.
Multiple level decks are very unique. If you have the space you could consider a cooking level, a dining level, and a level with garden plants to provide a quiet place to relax. Decks containing multiple levels
are truly beautiful and provide a refreshing change from the boxed in feeling of a traditional deck.
Staining concrete is a traditional way that gives a more attractive look to any concrete surface, and
also protects the surface from the elements. Concrete stain penetrates deep and chemically reacts
with concrete for a permanent color that will not peal or flake off. Acid stain gives you a more transparent marble like look. Before concrete is stained you should remove any dirt, oil or grease
from the surface, and after properly drying you can begin applying stained concrete colors.
Brick, pavers, and cobbles look great, but since they form a surface of many interlocking pieces,they
are susceptible to frost-heave and other changes in the underlying surface. This can pose a problem if nottaken care of. Reinforcing rods within the stamped concrete help to tie the pavement together and strengthen it. Also, bricks, pavers, cobbles,etc. allow for weeds to grow up through the cracks and are
a nuisance to maintain. Since stamped concrete is a solid, continuoussurface, nothing can grow up through the "cracks." These "cracks" in the stamped concrete are actually saw cuts that only are cut
an inch and a half down from the surface. These are used to prevent the real "cracks" in your cement.
Ever wish you can spruce up the exterior of your house but regular concrete, wood, or pavers just
wont cut it? Lately a new trend has started. Stamped concrete orDecorative concrete uses different textures, colors and stamps actually added to and pressed into the concrete to create an eye catching addition to your house. Stamped concrete can be used to create patios, walkways, driveways, retaining walls and more. It all starts within the concrete itsself. A base pigment is added to the cement while still in the truck to give it its first color. Then it is poored into your prefered form for your driveway, patio, walkway, etc. While the concrete slab is still wet, another color in a powdered form called releaser is added. This will give your cement a two tone color look but also prevent the stamps from sticking.
Also while the concrete is wet, other patterens and textures on the borders or wherever needed will
be added. To finalize the process the stamped concrete will be cleaned when it dries, saw cut to help prevent cracking, and sealed to retain the color and give it a beautiful glossy look.
When a homeowner thinks about a shape for a patio, they should take into consideration where their patio furniture is going to be placed. Once that is established we can start on your patio design.
We will make sure that not only does your patio have an elegant look, all your space will be utilized comfortably. Establishing the height of your concrete patio is also important, because that is going to determine how many steps will be installed at your door wall. We like to install wider and deeper steps because they are more comfortable coming out of your door wall. When choosing an elegant patio shape we have many colors, patterns, shapes, and stone facing options that will add beauty and class to your patio designs. Staining your decorative patio is also an option. With many colors to pick from, these stains will break up the color combinations between your border and the rest of your patio pattern. Randomly staining different blocks in your patio is an option if preferred. When choosing an integral color for your patio, we start by showing you a color chart, release samples and also actual concrete "sample boards" which show different color combinations right in your home. We find that this hands on visual approach is the best way for home owners to make sure that they will achieve the colors that suit their style and home best. There are many patio design ideas to choose from and we can help you make the right choice!
In Macomb Twp. Michigan a permit is required for all decorative stamped concrete work. Biondo Cement will apply for all permits required by the building department. All patios in Macomb Mi, must have approved final grade certificates by the water department. patios in Macomb must be 20' away from rear lot line and 3.6" from side lot line, steel rods 2' on center is a city requirement that inspectors look for at the time of form and base inspection. When the job is completed a final inspection is required on all patios in Macomb MI.
The key for a long lasting concrete construction job is to use the best cement from reputable concrete companies in Michigan. The truth is that all cement is not created equal. Some concrete is better in strength, easier to work with, more creamy on top, not to many big stones, easy to hand trowel, makes a better stamp print, not to fast drying, is not watered down, rich in powder cement and not in additives, these are the qualities that we choose to use for your concrete patio work. A good quality cement usually comes with a higher price, but is a very small price to pay when your goal is to have an excellent reputation with your clients.
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