When it comes to enhancing the aesthetic appeal and durability of outdoor spaces like driveways, walkways and back patios, choosing the right material is crucial. While there are many material options to choose from, including interlocking stone and concrete, one of the most popular options is Brushed Concrete. In this article, we will explore what brushed concrete is, its advantages, and why it’s an ideal choice for your driveway, walkway, and backyard patio.
What is Brushed Concrete?
Brushed concrete is the entry level finish among the four types of concrete finish offered by Markstone Landscaping. It is a finishing technique that creates a textured pattern on the surface of freshly poured concrete. After the concrete has been poured, levelled and smoothened, a broom is used to create brush strokes on the drying concrete, leaving behind a subtle, visually appealing texture. This process adds an element of style and grip, making it an excellent choice for areas where slip resistance is important.
Benefits of Brushed Concrete
Brushed concrete gives you all the benefits that concrete offers, including the following:
- Enhanced Slip Resistance: One of the primary advantages of brushed concrete is its improved traction. The textured surface provides a reliable grip, reducing the risk of accidents due to slips and falls, especially in areas prone to water or heavy foot traffic.
- Durability and Longevity: Brushed concrete is highly durable and built to withstand the test of time. It can handle the weight of vehicles and foot traffic without significant wear and tear, making it an excellent long-term investment for your outdoor spaces.
- Low Maintenance: Unlike other materials such as pavers or natural stone, brushed concrete requires minimal maintenance. It does not require regular sealing or extensive cleaning, saving you time and effort in the long run.
- Cost-Effective: When compared to high-end materials like natural stone or stamped concrete, brushed concrete offers an affordable alternative without compromising on functionality. It provides a cost-effective solution for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor areas on a budget.
- Customization Options: Brushed concrete can be customized to suit your aesthetic preferences. It comes in various colors, allowing you to choose a shade that complements your home’s exterior. Additionally, your concrete contractor can create different broom textures to achieve the desired look, from simple textures to a more pronounced pattern. And you can easily add borders using other finishes (e.g. exposed aggregate concrete, stamped concrete), or material (e.g. interlocking stone) to level up the aesthetics.
Brushed concrete offers a winning combination of style, durability, and practicality, making it an excellent choice for driveways, walkways, and backyard patios. Given its the least labour-intensive concrete finish, it’s a great option for homeowners looking for an economical and slip-resistant concrete driveway, walkway and/or backyard patio.