Why Choose Concrete ?
Concrete is a strong, sustainable, eco-friendly and versatile material that is customizable and no longer available in only a natural gray color. Rather, concrete can be stained, dyed, and colored to fit any decor. Moreover, decorative concrete is used universally for artistic interior and exterior decorative designs. It is not just for driveways and patios, either. Many choose decorative concrete for countertops, flooring, furniture & surrounds, walkways, sinks, and fireplaces. In fact, along with the ‘green movement‘, many people are building concrete homes!
* One of the most durable aggregate materials available
* Cost-effective in comparison to other materials
* Low maintenance
* Eco-friendly, sustainable
* Virtually endless design possibilities
* Versatile in blending with other architecture and landscaping
* Concrete is naturally durable
* Shorter installation process in comparison to other materials
Stamped Concrete vs. Pavers
A concrete slab for a patio, driveway, or walkway can be more inexpensive than pavers. Although it is always a personal preference many people are unaware that concrete can be created to imitate virtually any natural stone, tile, slate, or river rock. Some of the major drawbacks of pavers are that they can settle because they are not a permanent structure, most pavers are porous and stain very easily, and the most common drawback is that weeds will grow between the joints. Stamped concrete on the other hand completely eliminates weed growth. Even though PLC, Inc. does its best and uses top quality concrete products, concrete can crack. Fortunately, cracks can be repaired to the extent of which you will never notice it again.
Concrete vs. Slate or Bluestone
Stamped concrete patios, driveways, or walkways that look like natural stones are becoming extremely popular because of its positives. In most cases natural stones cannot be sealed outdoors because of their acidic level. Installing a stamped concrete slab which imitates these natural stone will last much longer and be much easier to maintain. Natural stones in most cases need to be installed one at a time on top of a concrete slab, therefore needing much more time to install and much more material and adding up the cost. Stamped concrete can be up to half the price of natural stones.
Concrete vs. Tile
Why would anyone even think about concrete unless it was outdoors? The most common flooring for interior floors would normally be tile. However, concrete interior floors have become the newest crave. Concrete floors can be made to look like tile, natural stone, slate, or marble. Stamped overlays for interior floor can give a home a warmer and earthier feeling than the traditional tile. Acid staining concrete floors will give a home a more appealing look than any tile surface. One of the major complaints of tile floors is the dirt debris that gets trapped in grout.
Concrete vs. Asphalt
The benefits of concrete over asphalt and other materials are not always obvious to a home owner or commercial establishment. In many cases, the initial cost is a large factor in the decision process when choosing one over the other. It is no secret that the initial cost of asphalt is half that of concrete but that is only the initial cost. Concrete will last three (3) times longer than asphalt which makes concrete a more cost effective choice over time due to less maintenance required with the resurfacing and replacement costs of asphalt. Other benefits of concrete over asphalt and other materials are appearance. Concrete is much more attractive and customizable. Concrete also does not heat in the summer months. With asphalt, this effect causes a semi-flexible surface that promotes valleys from auto vehicle weight. Concrete is also simply cleaner and cleaner looking. In conclusion, choosing concrete over other surfaces for driveways would be a cost-effective and attractive investment in your home‘s decor.
Other Popular decorative concrete services we offer are:
* Stamped concrete
* Exposed aggregate concrete
* Pervious concrete
* Colored Concrete
* Concrete countertops
* Concrete pool patios
* Stamped concrete overlay
* Concrete spray textures
* Acid-etching & staining
* Concrete resurfacing
* Paint chip epoxy systems