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Outdoor Concrete Resurfacing: Chicago Decorative Concrete Delivers

Chicago Concrete - Monday, August 25, 2014

Need a way to pave your home’s way to featuring a grand entrance or exit? Outdoor concrete resurfacing is your ticket to a brand new home exterior. Starting this type of project now, while summer is still here, will be beneficial to your property in more ways than you think.

When you resurface your outside concrete surfaces, you’re doing more than adding a new look; you’re also adding more life to your home. When you resurface concrete, you actually make it more resistant to freezing and thawing — conditions all too familiar to Chicagoans.

A resurfacing job by Chicago Decorative Concrete Company ensures that your outdoor surfaces are protected against ultraviolet radiation — which can cause unsightly color changes — as well as mold, mildew, and undesirable staining.

Chicago Decorative Concrete’s process for sealing your newly resurfaced concrete makes certain that your concrete surfaces will last you years. No outdoor area at your home is off limits to a concrete resurfacing job. You can choose to change the look and quality of your existing patio, porch, sidewalk/walkway, pool deck and even sunroom, or add in a completely new surface.  

Chicago Decorative Concrete makes sure that your newly resurfaced concrete features a design and hue that blends in well with the rest of your home’s exterior, whether your home features brick or siding. The custom design work lies in your hands and imagination.

Your resurfaced concrete can look like brick, slate, tile, or whatever tickles your fancy for creating a sleek outdoor space worthy of long summer evenings and weekend barbecues.  

Ready to shake things up on your patio? Request a quote today to see how we can customize your backyard.

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Custom Concrete Decor - Do more with concrete

- Saturday, August 16, 2014

A client requested we create a custom picture frame for a large antique map of Paris. In order to matched the aged appearance of the map, we built a form and packed it Portland cement in bunches so that air pockets would appear on the surface, we then grouted these pockets with a light gray cement mix and lightly polished the surface. Read More

Colors You'll Love - Concrete Staining Chicago

Chicago Concrete - Thursday, July 10, 2014

We've all heard of the "Colors of the Wind," well what about the colors of concrete?

When you hear the word “concrete,” you probably think of the bland, gray surface outside or in industrial buildings. What you might not realize is that that bland gray concrete can actually be stained and changed colors and turned into a beautiful work of art.

Concrete staining can turn that old garage into an envious work space or take your boring backyard patio and pool deck and transform them into a beautiful place to relax with friends and family, all done by simply changing the color.

Concrete staining imparts a luxurious richness that can't be achieved by any other coloring method. Rather than produce a solid, opaque effect like paint does, staining permeates the actual concrete, infusing it with luminous, translucent tones that vary depending on the surface and the techniques used.

When concrete staining is properly applied, it won’t chip, fade, or peel away, unlike paint.

There are different types of stains that are available to apply, such as an acid-based stain, made up of inorganic salts that are dissolved in an acid and water solution, which creates translucent, rich tones and attractive marbling.

Non-reactive water-based stains fill the pores of the concrete surface to produce a colored film or coating, ranging from translucent to opaque, depending on the product. The difference between these two stains is that there is no chemical reaction that takes place with water-based staining, so the coloring is consistent.

The results of concrete staining can mimic anything from a polished marble look to natural stone to stained wood. Your creative upgrading options are endless.

With all the styles, colors, and different designs you can add to stained concrete, there are endless possibilities. See what Chicago Decorative Concrete can do for your space and Request a Quote.

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Why Use Concrete for Sound-Proofing?

Chicago Concrete - Friday, July 04, 2014

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Customizable Residential and Commercial Space Custom Concrete Interiors

Chicago Concrete - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Decorative Concrete Floors: A Touch of Feng Shui

Chicago Concrete - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Everyone wants their homes to be safe and filled with “positive energy”: A little concrete, believe it or not, can help you to achieve this during the spring/summer this year in a major way. You’ve probably heard of Feng Shui, and if you want to experience positive “Chi” energy this year, you better take a look at your floor and go for the gray stuff.

According to the ancient Chinese art form of Feng Shui, any obstacle to positive energy can lead to problems in all aspects of your life—from your finances to your health and even your career. This idea has become more popular in the West during the past three decades. In fact, concrete today is actually considered the most important Earth element for humans: It represents safety, stability, family joy, self-confidence and good health.

In addition, adding earth tones and earthen shapes, such as squares or lines, to your concrete through Chicago Decorative Concrete Company’s acid-stained concrete services can further add to this positive energy. Your floor can be smooth and easy to maintain, thus making your life smooth and positive all around.

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Say Goodbye to Ruined Floors with Concrete

Chicago Concrete - Friday, May 30, 2014

Concrete Floors: A Great Way to Go Green

Chicago Concrete - Thursday, May 29, 2014
Don’t suck so much this summer—as in suck up all of your home’s energy, resulting in higher utility bills and a relatively disgruntled Mother Earth. Instead, spring for a new decorative concrete wall or vertical overlay, which not only makes your home or business more attractive to visitors but also is more attractive to you when bill time rolls around. 

Concrete flooring features a “thermal mass” property, meaning that it can easily absorb, store and release cold and heat. This helps to regulate indoor temperature, thus preventing you from experiencing huge swings in temperature. Furthermore, your air conditioning and heating equipment will thank you years later, when it will still be functioning—at a time when it otherwise could have gone kaput due to unnecessary overuse

The “thermal mass” benefit is especially valuable in Chicagoland, where the temperature can swing from extremely cold in the winter to very high in the summer. In addition, up to 50% of thermal mass in a building is lost through the floors. With a concrete floor that is acid-stained—a service that Chicago Decorative Concrete Company offers, you can see a savings of up to 26% on your utility bills. Get in touch with Chicago Decorative Concrete Company, a member, for your free estimate on your concrete floor project. Request a quote today!

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Get Ready for Summer with a Concrete Patio

Chicago Concrete - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

With summer just around the corner, now's the time to think about getting your patio in shape for all of your barbecues and backyard parties.

Chicago Decorative Concrete can help you create a custom outdoor space for your outdoor space. Say goodbye to eyesore stains, dangerous cracks that serve as trip hazards, and unattractive textures. Say hello to vibrant hues, unique textures, and a sleek, classy look that will make your neighbors just a little jealous.

Choose your custom texture, color, and material for a decorative concrete patio that looks deceptively like wood, tile, or even high-end masonry. From staining to stamping, you've got more options than you think when it comes to a concrete patio. We can even customize your pre-existing concrete patio with a new overlay, making your patio look brand new.

Chicago Decorative Concrete's weather-hardy concrete products can stand up to all of your furniture, grilling, pets, and parties throughout the years (not just seasons). Unlike brick and stone patios or wood decks, concrete patios boast a high tolerance for all kinds of abuse, including extreme temperatures.

Ready to talk about design ideas for your backyard? Request a quote and see what we can do for you.

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Go Green with Decorative Concrete

Chicago Concrete - Monday, July 15, 2013

Going green doesn’t have to be typical or “boring”: There’s more to being green than recycling bins featuring three chasing arrows or using cloth shopping bags. You can actually go green in style in your own home by installing decorative concrete this summer.

For instance, you can choose to add acid-stained concrete to your home. The stain can come any hue that you choose to match the rest of your living space’s decorations, and this type of flooring is especially eco-friendly in that emits little or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and generates minimal construction waste. Furthermore, it is easy to maintain and is very durable enough to never have to be replaced.

Concrete in and of itself is very energy-efficient to produce in the first place, naturally making it green from the start. In addition, the ingredients in concrete are waste products or recycled materials, and all of these materials can be found locally, so the process of generating concrete is earth-friendly.

You can keep your green for years to come—especially a perk if you decide to sell your home in the future. After all, a day will come when a non-green home will be seen as a dinosaur in the real estate market. In addition, having a green home with the help of decorative concrete flooring can be healthier for your body and for your wallet each month when it’s time to pay the utilities bills.

Chicago Decorative Concrete can bring home beautiful, durable green surfaces that not only save money, but can add value to your home. Request a quote and we'll walk you through all the options.

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