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DECORATIVE STAMPED CONCRETE
Decorative stamped concrete patios in Macomb Township, 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 for their home and business.
DECORATIVE STAMPED CONCRETE ADVANTAGES:
- Unique Stamped Patterns
- Custom Color Combinations
- Beautiful Finished Surface
- Durability & Longevity
- Decorative Concrete Patios, Driveways + Walks
- Design Option Flexibility
- Adds Property Resale Value
- Makes a Dramatic Impression
- Compliments Architecture
- Low Maintenance
- Cost Effective
Concrete stamps are used to give impressions to color concrete. When a concrete stamp is pressed into the laid concrete it leaves a beautiful stone texture. There are many different patterns and styles to choose from.
Biondo Cement offers you the best priced concrete, best concrete mix, best workmanship and the best two year warranty!
CONCRETE PATIO COST
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 offers you the best priced concrete, best concrete mix, best workmanship and the best two year warranty!
STAINED CONCRETE BORDERS
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, colored concrete, stamped concrete, concrete stamping, patio design, concrete staining, and stamped decorative concrete to find a stamped concrete contractor in their area.
MICHIGAN CONCRETE CONTRACTORS
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.
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.
HOW TO STAIN CONCRETE
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.
STAMPED CONCRETE VS. BRICK PAVERS
Why choose stamped concrete over pavers, bricks and other natural surfaces? 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.
WHAT IS STAMPED CONCRETE
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 its self. 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.
In Macomb Township, Michigan a permit is required for all decorative stamped concrete work. Biondo Cementwill 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.
CONCRETE PATIO CEMENT QUALITY
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. We’re your local area Michigan concrete contractors.
We take great pride in the personal commitment we make to all of our customers from start to finish. Let Biondo Cement create something spectacular for you!
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