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Bring Your Home's Exterior To Life With Decorative Concrete

by Howard Barnett

If you are like a lot of people, when someone mentions concrete to you, you conjure up an image in your head of a dull gray slab that doesn't boast a whole lot in the way of aesthetic appeal. However, the world of concrete has completely evolved from just an industrial-looking material. There are all kinds of cool things that concrete contractors can do with modern concrete materials. Some of these designs could be just what you need to glam up the look of your home's exterior. Here are a few of the most popular exterior concrete design ideas that you may want to talk to a contractor about for your home. 

Get the look of tile, brick, or stone walkways without the hassle. 

If you have a walkway that needs a little extra something to make it more appealing, make sure you talk to a contractor about stamped concrete techniques they may have to offer. Stamped concrete is just as it sounds - heavy metal stamps are used to alter the surface appearance of the material before it dries. Through this process, plain old concrete can look like real bricks and stones, or even ceramic tiles. 

Create an impressive driveway with creative decorative concrete.

Forget the plain asphalt driveways, eliminate the hassles of gravel, and forget a boring gray slab. The driveway that leads to your house can become one of the most attractive exterior features of your home with decorative concrete. Contractors use all kinds of techniques, from marbling different concrete colors together to creating an earthen appearance with concrete infiltrated with red clay, to create some of the most fascinating driveways you could imagine. 

Opt for a totally unique, custom patio design with concrete inlay creations. 

Find yourself a concrete contractor who has a creative flair for artistic design, and you will be amazed at just how far this professional can take your basic concrete patio ideas. Many of the most highly sought after concrete contractors have a knack for creating custom-designed patios with beautiful intricate inlays. The process involves using multicolored concrete pieces, cut to precision and laid during concrete installation, to implement a specific pattern or attention-grabbing centerpiece that sits in a particular area of the patio. The contractor will work with you to come up with a design that suits you and your individual design ideas, whether it is fitting the backyard patio with an inlay that looks like a large compass, monogrammed letter, or something even more creative.