This finish is usually appropriate for garages and indoor spaces such as screened in porches. It has a smooth, slick surface that can later be sealed, painted and/or polished. It is normally not appropriate for driveways or walkways because it can be slippery when it gets wet. While the concrete is still wet, the smooth texture is created by multiple passes with a hand trowel or a towel machine.
Broom finish is one of the most common exterior application for driveways, patios and walkways/sidewalks in Hampton Roads. It is usually the most cost effective finish and provides a non-slip surface for walking and enjoying outdoor activities. While the surface is still wet, a horse hair broom is used to create a consistent, even texture with a little grip for footing.
Textured finish is a good choice if you want an upgraded look but do not have the budget for pavers or other masonry products. Also called stamped concrete, it can provide a different atmosphere for a patio or covered porch, especially if you are using it for a space for entertaining. Depending on the type of texture desired, this surface can become slippery when wet. For this reason, we may offer guidance on where this is an appropriate application as well as the pros and cons.
Exposed Aggregate is a pea gravel base concrete. The concrete is usually gray or a buff (tan) color. It is applied and finished like a regular concrete product. Once it is poured and smoothed, a liquid product called Control Set is sprayed on the surface with a sprayer and covered with plastic. After a number of hours or the next day, depending on the size and scope of the job, the plastic is removed and the surface is power washed exposing the pea gravel. The surface is then acid washed and sealed with a luster sealant.