CD Designs Blog
Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are becoming increasingly popular. But concrete doesn’t have to stay outside. It’s a versatile flooring material as well. Previously on this blog we’ve written about incorporating a pattern imprinted concrete garage floor into a driveway installation. This could also be done with conservatories, depending on design and build factors.
But we’ve come across some examples of interior concrete flooring that are a little bit more exotic than simple garage floors. These floors are fancy. They utilise the fact that coloured concrete can be poured in bands and fields, meaning that a massive variety of different shapes and effects are possible. They also make full use of the extensive palette of colours available to concrete contractors.
There are some excellent examples of different concrete finishes on that page. Polished concrete, or concrete which has been treated with other admixtures, can look miles different from traditional grey concrete. We’re particularly impressed by the Ferrari logo on that page, which shows exactly how much detail it’s possible to get when you’re using concrete. It’s also an example of how commercial customers are embracing concrete as a high impact interior product as well as an excellent utilitarian construction material. And, hey, if it’s good enough for Ferrari, it’s good enough for us!
21st December 2010
Concrete; it never ceases to amaze. For a material first discovered in ancient roman times, it’s currently going through a so many advances that it’s starting to resemble something from science fiction. Not necessarily the type of concrete that we use in our pattern imprinted driveway and patio installations, mind; we’re talking about the new types of concrete which are being developed in design labs across the world.
Here’s a new development; bendable, self-healing concrete. This new composite can bend – not something that traditional construction concrete is well known for. When it bends it cracks; these cracks are auto-sealed when moisture – rain, for example – and atmospheric carbon dioxide come into contact with the concrete. The water, carbon dioxide and exposed concrete form calcium carbonate, “scarring” over the cracks in the concrete. And there you have it; concrete that can bend until it cracks, then heal itself.
This concrete has a great number of potential applications, although we won’t be using it for our pattern imprinted concrete driveways. The ability to bend dramatically isn’t really high on our list when it comes to driveway surfacing features. And, as the article linked to above explains, the bendable, self-healing concrete costs at least triple the cost of normal construction concrete. That’s an expense that we can’t see our pattern imprinted concrete driveway and patio customers being happy with.
25th June 2010