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As our regular readers will know well by now, we are very passionate about creating pattern imprinted concrete driveways, patios, and other external home features that will amaze and delight. But we are also very interested in exploring other uses of our favourite building material. In this article we’ll explore nine alternative uses of concrete around the home.
- Concrete is great for work surfaces and counter tops. You can get it looking like just about any material you want given the right combination of pattern imprints, colours and stains, and you can seal it to make it hard wearing and long lasting.
- Concrete flooring is also a good choice, with patterns available for tiling effects and any other look you might want.
- Kitchen accessories in simple shapes, like hooks and small shelves, are perfect candidates for concrete construction. You can create these easily using moulds, and mould making kits are available from most craft stores.
- We have recently also seen bathroom sinks and larger shelving units being cast from concrete. With a water proof seal and some suitable paint, you can make these look great and stand the test of time, even in wet conditions.
- You can also make a great Fireplace out of concrete – it has got what it takes in terms of heat resistance and creating the right kind of look.
- What about concrete wall coverings? It is a perfect material for the job, especially if you want to create some kind of rugged or industrial look.
- It may sound like a raw deal, but believe us, concrete furniture – done right – is a lot more comfortable than it sounds.
- Faked wood! There are times when you’ll want to fake other materials using concrete, wood being one of the most obvious. You might wan to do this for reasons of cost of strength, but whatever the case concrete can provide a great alternative for real wood panels, decking, or other items.
- Recently there has also been a rise in the use of concrete for insulation – with insulating concrete forms being used to build foundation walls of houses. These consist of high density foam filled with concrete and steel reinforcements, to create a very strong, very effective insulator.
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22nd September 2011