Frequently Asked Questions

Is decorative concrete more than just a trend?
Absolutely. Decorative concrete is a cost-efficient means of boosting the value of a home or business.

Does decorative concrete have a realistic appearance?
Thanks to innovative technology and cutting-edge tools, it is hard to tell the difference between genuine materials and decorative concrete patterns.

Are there different color options for decorative concrete?
There are 42 standard colors, but we also provide customization for any project using different mix designs. To learn more, please visit Colored Concrete Services.

Do you offer different patterns, as well?
Based on your personal preference for conventional or customized decorative concrete, we can create virtually any design or pattern. To get an idea of different options, you can visit Stamped Patterns.

Over time, do colors change?
Color pigmentation in decorative concrete is affected by sunlight. Therefore, the amount of direct sunlight the surface receives will dictate the degree of change.

Does the surface need to be resealed?
The answer is yes, but the timeframe depends on various factors, including UV ray and chemical exposure. Typically, sealant for decorative concrete that receives normal wear and tear will last between three and five years.

Is an exposed aggregate the same expensive as a stamped concrete?
No, exposed aggregate is less costly due to material and labor hours.

How long does color actually last?
The color in decorative concrete is always there, but when it begins to fade, it can be enhanced with sealant.

When having decorative concrete installed for a pool deck, patio, or sidewalk, how long will the installation process take?
It takes between one and four days, based on the construction site, the size of the project, and the full scope of work involved.

When poured, what is the standard thickness of concrete?
Generally, concrete is about 4′ inches thick. When needed, it can be increased to 6′ inches.

When using salt to de-ice the surface of concrete, does it cause problems?
Unfortunately, salt can cause very serious damage. In place of salt, you should consider a commercial de-icing product sold at any home improvement or hardware store formulated specifically for concrete surfaces, such as calcium chloride flakes. Otherwise, allow mother nature to take over to melt the ice. Another option would be to use a radiant heating system before installing you concrete surface.

Are there differences between decorative concrete and natural stone?
Yes, there are several key differences. For instance, decorative concrete is a more cost-effective solution. However, because water cannot penetrate grout joints, freeze, and then loosen, it is also more durable. Something else to consider is that, unlike natural stone, decorative concrete will not flake when exposed to direct sunlight. In addition, when protected with our high-quality acrylic sealer, decorative concrete will last as much as three times longer than natural stone. Once sealed, your new concrete surface will be easier to clean because the sealant closes pores, preventing dirt and debris from penetrating.

How much will I pay for decorative concrete?
The cost depends on several factors, such as configuration and slope of the yard, total square footage, added stain or color, whether stairs or steps are required, and so on. To get a ballpark figure for your project, simply click here to complete the quote.

Why is the cost of decorative concrete higher compared to regular concrete?
This is primarily because of the additional cost for labor, experience, and materials. Keep in mind that even a small project will take roughly twice as long to complete because each step involves very specific timing, whereas conventional concrete can be formed, placed, completed, and then sealed in just one day. In addition, the installation of decorative concrete requires special tools and materials, as well as greater experience by the installer.

Are there viable reasons for choosing concrete for a deck as opposed to pavers?
In looking at other options, there are definite advantages in choosing decorative concrete. As an example, you have greater design flexibility in that options for color, pattern, and shape are virtually limitless. In addition, when using decorative concrete, weeds do not grow up through the concrete material, so there is no need for herbicides. Then, during freeze and thaw cycles, or if you experience insects or animals burrowing beneath your patio, you never have to worry about differential settling as you would with pavers. Finally, when comparing decorative concrete to wood used for decking, concrete is the most cost-efficient solution, it is far more durable, it does not have to be restained every year and you never get splinters.

Is the price of decorative concrete affected by the shape?
Not at all.

If steps are added, will that affect the cost?
When steps are added to the project, you will pay more. Along with the tops, the faces must be finished, which requires additional materials, time, and skill. Having an elevated patio installed would be the same scenario in that all exposed edges must be properly finished.

Will my project be designed by a contractor?
Typically, very few contractors will offer you those services. However, by working with Eagle Rock Concrete Construction, we can provide you with a free drawing and design to better visualize the completed project. For an additional charge we can provide a 3D pictures with an extensive detailing and design based on what you want.

How is the color for decorative concrete chosen?
The contractor that you hire will provide assistance. With expertise on how different color combinations interact, this professional will be of great value. However, a good rule is to choose natural-looking colors. You may find it easier to first, followed by the color or colors that complement best. As an example, if you ultimately go with a flagstone pattern for your decorative concrete project, brick red is a great color. In this case, any other color would not appear natural.

Can my decorative concrete project be colored to match my home?
With such a broad range of color options, you will have no problem finding a color for the concrete that matches or complements your home.

Does decorative concrete last a long time?
Compared to regular concrete, decorative concrete usually lasts longer because of the maintenance steps involved. Obviously, when going with decorative concrete, you want the surface to remain beautiful for years. To accomplish this, the surface must be properly cleaned and sealed. In addition to continued beauty, this will extend the lifespan.

How is decorative concrete maintained?
For starters, you need to clean the surface on a regular basis and reseal it using a clear sealant. Although you can hire someone to maintain your decorative concrete, this is something that you can easily do. As far as resealing, this is on an as-needed basis, depending on wear and tear from traffic, direct sunlight, and weathering. For the most part, decorative concrete is resealed every from every three to four years.

Is it mandatory to reseal decorative concrete?
To extend its life and prevent the color from washing out, this is something that you should do every three to five years.

Will the concrete surface be slippery?
As long as the decorative concrete has been properly installed, the surface is not slippery. However, to make wet concrete slip resistant, texturing and skid-resistant additives can be combined with the sealer. Interestingly, the primary reason that stamped concrete becomes slippery is over-sealing.

Will the color fade?
The good news is that pigments are colorfast. However, if they are not properly maintained, they will begin to fade or wash out. To restore the original color in your decorative concrete, the surface should be resealed with a high-quality sealant.

Is cracking a potential problem with decorative concrete?
Whether decorative or not, concrete is concrete. Therefore, it has the same behaviors, including cracks. To prevent and control cracking, you might want to use a rebar and fiber in the concrete. However, saw cutting and placing contraction and expansion joints properly will also help.

What is the best type of concrete to use?
The recommendation for Michigan customers is 4,000 psi and air-entrained concrete that has fiber added. To prevent differential settling, wire mesh or rebar can be used as well.

What is the best time to have decorative concrete installed?
Due to fluctuations in temperature, the climate in Michigan is what dictates the timing for decorative concrete installation. Usually, this occurs from early April to the middle part of October.

For existing concrete surfaces, is it possible to have a decorative overlay applied?
In some instances but not all. Ultimately, this depends on the condition of the concrete. Remember, an overlay must be installed on a sound underlying base. If there are cracks, heaving or spalling caused from freeze/thaw cycles, de-icing salts, or even unstable soil, affixing the overlay would be a major challenge.

Is the surface of polished concrete floors slippery?
The reason for choosing polished concrete is to achieve a surface that looks as smooth as glass. However, as long as the floors are clean and dry, the surface is not slippery. In fact, compared to polished marble or waxed linoleum, polished concrete floors are less slippery. Commonly used in facilities with heavy foot traffic, polished concrete floors look incredible and prevent accidents caused by falls and slips.

On average, how long does stamped concrete last?
As long as stamped concrete is properly installed and maintained, it can easily last for decades, even when exposed to harsh winter conditions. In certain circumstances, stamped concrete is more durable than conventional concrete, in particular if a color hardener was added to the surface. Usually, a sealer is added by the contractor as a means of protecting it from abrasion and wear. In addition, a quality sealer makes maintenance easier.

At Eagle Rock Concrete Construction, we go out of our way to provide every customer with superior products and service. If you want an outstanding finished project, have questions, or need guidance, we invite you to contact us today.