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How To Choose The Right Concrete Bathroom Countertop

When we mention ‘concrete’ the first image it conjures up is industrial, grey and the familiar concrete slab in the sidewalk. But concrete countertops do not share any of these characteristics. It is luxurious, edgy and modern. In fact concrete is the latest material to be used for designing countertops and it has been gaining momentum for the last decade, thanks to its unique qualities.  Homeowners can opt for rock-solid concrete instead of going the usual granite route, when dealing with the countertop question. Continue reading

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5 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Pool Contractor

Who hasn’t imagined how awesome it would be to spend the summer relaxing by the pool in one’s own backyard and what a fun attraction it would be for family and friends? But getting your dream pool designed and built can quickly turn into a nightmare in the wrong hands. After all pool construction is a big project and can take weeks or months and you only get one chance to pick the right pool contractor for the job. Continue reading

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Concrete Pool Deck Ideas

Dreaming of a summer oasis in your own back yard?  Concrete makes a great material choice for pools and pool decks, no matter whether you are going for the modern exterior style or one a more traditional one. The versatility of concrete and the variety of color and texture choices, make it the perfect building material for all kinds of exterior home projects like pool, paving, outdoor kitchen counters, fire pits and more. The construction of the pool requires precise measurements and surface analysis, so it is important for experts to do the job.  Getting a good foundation for the pool is vital. And for the pool deck, there are so many options to make it look attractive, even with concrete.

According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, only 24% of people out of the 7.5 million pool owners in the U.S. use it primarily for swimming. This makes the pool deck even more integral to a good swimming pool design. Designing a one-of-a-kind, functional, and affordable pool deck with concrete is now easy for home owners. And the benefits are many. Not only do you gain a durable surface, it also resists excessive heat absorption, as compared to a wooden or stone deck. Concrete pool decks are slip resistant and do not become slippery when wet. Moreover, it is easy on the bare feet. With concrete pool deck you get a beautiful inviting area for sunbathing and barbecuing. A concrete pool deck is more affordable than using tile or stone too. No wonder then that concrete pools decks have been a popular choice for many years now.

Concrete Pool Deck Styles

Some of the biggest trends in outdoor design today involve concrete in various forms. With new techniques for stamping and decorative concrete application, you do not have to sacrifice look for function. You can choose from traditional poured concrete deck, stamped and decorative concrete, tinted concrete; exposed aggregate, stained concrete or concrete for edging too. You will be spoilt for choice.

Stained Concrete Pool Deck

When it comes to pool decks, you want it to be an extension of the style of your home.  If you want to focus on styling then you need look no further than stained concrete. Jazz things up in your pool deck by adding a splash of color to your concrete. Look up staining options for concrete pool decks. You can select a single color or pick a combination of colors for your deck. The stains soak right into the concrete to give you exclusive designs and colors. Homeowners and designers can express their creative side with the stained concrete pool deck. With stained concrete, you can even get stone, brick or wood finish. White on white decks are really trending now. They are built using uncolored concrete mix, which is then covered with white stain to create for a cooling effect. White does not absorb as much heat and is in fact 20 degrees cooler than the surface surrounding the deck, which is just right for a pool deck.

Stamped Concrete Pool Deck

Stamped concrete pool decks do not just provide a stunning look, they give you flexibility to work any look or design you can imagine. Moreover stamped concrete pool decks are relatively inexpensive than using stone or tile. Work in the labor costs and even that will be much less expensive. You can get your dream pool and pool deck without having to invest a large amount of money. The pool deck is where your friends and family gather around to enjoy food and drinks. You do not have to worry about staining with concrete nor do you have to think about concrete chipping when the chairs or tables around the deck get moved around.  Stamped concrete pool decks are also much easier to clean and maintain than any other type of pool deck surface. No worries about grout lines or filling in gaps between materials. The big concrete slabs are easy to seal and clean. All you need from time to time is a power washer to deep clean the concrete.

Decorative Concrete Pool Deck

Pools and decks are becoming more important with smaller backyards forcing the trend towards smaller swimming pools with leisure areas that flow from the indoor living space. Having a colored, textured and inviting area surrounding the pool is equally important. Pool decks now get as much attention as the exterior design of your home as both should complement each other. With decorative concrete, you can select any size, shape, color and surface treatment for your pool deck to get the look of any material you may fancy such as slate, stone or even wood. Use a combination of decorative treatments to get the look you are after. If you need to give your existing concrete pool deck a new look, you can consider refinishing it with maybe exposed aggregate or getting decorative curbing. Little designer touches with decorative concrete can improve the entire look of your pool deck.

Davis Concrete has professionals that work fast and efficiently every step of the way in creating a customized pool or pool deck for you. We have the right equipment and over sixty years experience with concrete jobs to provide the best results.  Whether you want a decorative, stamped, colored, stained, and/or sealed concrete pool deck, we can design a concrete pool deck that suits almost any setting, budget and lifestyle,

If you are interested in a concrete pool deck or have any questions, please call Davis Concrete at (800) 910-6928. It is the number one choice of contractors and concrete experts in the Tampa Bay area.

 

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5 Reasons To Choose Concrete Flooring

People are quick to dismiss concrete flooring as cold and unwelcoming. Others relegate concrete flooring only for the basement or the garage. This attitude is due to longstanding misconceptions about concrete as a building material and concrete flooring. You will be pleasantly surprised by the flexibility and design options concrete offers you for your flooring needs. Whether you are a designer, homeowner or contractor, concrete flooring offers enormous advantages over other materials. Read more about the mind blowing benefits of concrete flooring and you may soon turn to it for future projects. Continue reading

Amazing Concrete Innovations

Innovation encourages economic growth and development in every industry. Advances in technology and manufacturing promote the use of concrete and cement-based products in the construction world. Concrete continues to provide solutions for issues facing people and communities everywhere. Experimentation in the architectural merits of concrete continues to drive innovation in building design, in both the residential and commercial space. Anyone who has seen the new Len Lye building in New Plymouth will vouch for that. Here are some innovations in concrete that are taking the world by storm and changing the way we build with concrete.  Continue reading

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Ultimate Design Trends For Outdoor Living In 2017

Outdoor living is very much a part of the American culture, with homeowners spending more time in the outdoor living areas than in their indoor living areas. So what are the major exterior design trends in vogue this year? On top of the “What’s Hot?” in home design list is blending outdoor and indoor living spaces to create an attractive and livable outdoor space.

The backyard has always a firm favorite among homeowners for barbecuing and enjoying outdoor games in summer or to enjoy the warmth of a fire on cool fall evenings but consumers now want more from their backyards. Outdoor spaces now are comfortable entertaining extensions that help bring a sense of nature into the home Continue reading

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Concrete Flooring Ideas for Home

Concrete has been the most popular flooring material for centuries because it is strong, durable and long lasting. The strong performance of concrete has ably supported the grandest structural creations in both ancient Egyptian and Roman civilization.

The success of concrete as a building material is still built on its fundamentals. Concrete flooring has long been considered simple and utilitarian but modern advances have ensured that there are a wide variety of design options for concrete builders and homeowners to reinvent this old building material workhorse.

Concrete floors can be designed for different functionality and use. It can now be polished smooth, stained in different colors, or textured for traction. In fact you can even reproduce the look of natural materials, or use complex printed designs for your flooring. Continue reading

5 Rules For Maintaining Your Concrete Driveway

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Concrete driveways are extremely popular because of their durability, sturdiness and look, which needs very little maintenance over its lifetime. But if you want to keep your concrete driveway looking its best then it will need some maintenance every now and again. Concrete driveways are constantly exposed to harsh sunlight and extreme weather, which may cause cracks from expansion. Besides filling small cracks that may appear you also need to reseal your driveway every two years at least. You can hire expert help for the job if you have a large driveway.  Here are some rules you should follow to preserve your concrete driveway in the best possible condition. Continue reading

Concrete Maintenance Tips: Extend the Life and Look of Your Concrete

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People prefer concrete as building material for home improvement, construction, and landscaping projects as it is durable and versatile. Well-mixed concrete used in driveways, walls, floors results in an easy to maintain finished product. This exceptional building material is constantly under attack from the natural elements. Your valuable asset, concrete can be preserved and protected to last decades with the proper care and maintenance.

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