Washed concrete ideal for garden paths or driveways.
What exactly is meant by concrete that has been washed out, or washed concrete? This type of concrete refers to a type of concrete that is a special variant of a concrete floor. Washed or washed concrete has a slight degree of relief, which gives this concrete type a beautiful authentic atmosphere. The concrete that has been washed out is mainly used outdoors, to floor driveways and garden terraces.
How do we apply washed concrete?Concrete that has been washed out is poured in a special way. A strong foundation is started, usually of lean concrete. This is a type of concrete with less cement in it than regular concrete. A layer of stone rubble is placed on top of this. These two layers are both about 20 centimeters thick. The washed concrete cement is placed on top of this in a layer of 15 to 25 centimeters. Once the concrete has been poured, a so-called setting retarder is immediately added to the concrete. This retarder prevents the top layer of concrete from hardening. The top layer remains slightly porous, after which water is sprayed on it via a high-pressure cleaner. This causes the top layer to disappear and soil, stones and grit - also known as aggregates - become visible at the top of the concrete.
What are the advantages and possibilities of washed concrete?Washing out concrete has several advantages. In the first place, an advantage of washed concrete is the fact that this type of concrete has a stylish and classic appearance. Second, concrete floors that have been washed out are very strong and durable. So they last a long time. A third plus is the limited amount of maintenance that washed concrete floors require. Fourthly, washed concrete floors offer numerous options in terms of finishing. For example, you can opt for certain types of stones and, on the basis of colored stones or by adding dyes, a finish in special color variants is also possible. In terms of stones, you can also go in all directions with washed concrete types. You can opt for a finish with gravel, basalt, porphyry or sandstone, to further embellish the floor. Fifthly, a nice feature of washed concrete surfaces is the extra grip these floors offer. The relief makes it less likely to slip if the floor is damp or if oil has leaked, for example.
Finally, the relatively favorable price is another interesting plus for washed concrete surfaces. Washed concrete has many implementation options. It is possible, for example, to work with a white concrete type with a dark / light / yellow / blue granulate in it, but it is also possible to work with a dark flooring with a white granulate in it. Implementation options are therefore always the color of that day. In any case, you will receive a unique product. As a user, you can go in any direction you want with washed concrete floors.
What are the disadvantages of concrete floors that have been washed out?Just like any type of floor, washed concrete floors also have some drawbacks. Perhaps the biggest drawback, according to users of these floors, is the fact that the relief makes the floor dirty faster than a smooth concrete floor. Due to the difference in height, dirt can easily get into the seams and edges. So cleaning it is a bit more difficult. Fortunately, this problem can be easily solved by spraying the floor with a high-pressure cleaner. Or, as mentioned, it is possible to have the top layer of the concrete finished with a protective coating, which has a dirt-repellent effect and prevents wear.
What does the installation of a washed concrete floor cost?In terms of prices for installing concrete floors, you can expect an average of about 40 to 60 euros per square meter. These costs can be higher if you choose to add dyes and also depend on the type of material used as the top layer, such as soil, cobalt or sandstone. Request a specified quotation from us, then you know in advance exactly where you stand in terms of price!
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What are the areas of application of washed concrete?A garage driveway and garden patio are the two most popular places to install washed concrete floors. When you have us pour the concrete, we pay extra attention to the foundation of the driveway or terrace. It must be very strong and stable. Furthermore, we always ensure a slight slope, so that rainwater is properly drained and you do not have to deal with puddles on your plot.
Why have a washed concrete floor installed with glossy concrete?It is best to have washed concrete floors installed through us. Our added value lies, among other things, in the fact that we have a lot of experience with these concrete floors and can therefore install these floors quickly and of high quality. We are not satisfied if you are not satisfied and we ensure a perfectly finished concrete floor. We can also advise you free of charge. You will also receive a quote from us in advance so that you are not faced with financial surprises. Finally, it is good to know that we offer competitive prices for our washed concrete floors. A professional foundation contractors Detroit can assist you with your foundation needs.
Can I carry out washed concrete myself?If you are handy you can of course do everything yourself. Just follow the step-by-step plan above and read carefully on the surface regarding how long to wait. However, since this is such a specific matter, we recommend that this be carried out by a professional. We place washed concrete weekly and concrete daily, in this respect the work will be carried out much better.
How long should you wait to wash out concrete?Depending on when you poured the concrete and how wet the concrete was at the time, you should generally wait about 10-24 hours for the core of the concrete to set. You should certainly not wait too long, but the concrete should not be washed out too early either, because then you will wash away the granulates, call us today to schedule!