Concrete Company Calgary | Our Concrete
Concrete Company Calgary | Whether you’re looking for a simple broom finish sidewalk, exposed aggregate or a little more decorative like stamped and polished concrete, Pittman Concrete has you covered. Our veteran crews are highly skilled experts and will tackle your project like an artist! Give us a call and let’s talk about your project.
Concrete Company Calgary | Flat Concrete
Flat or “troweled” concrete is the most common concrete finish used for many types of applications such as; garage pads, garages, basements and commercial spaces.
This smooth finish can be then be tiled over or finished with wood, laminates, vinyl or carpet. Flat concrete can also be stained and engraved with decorative colors and patterns or simply sealed and left natural or polished and epoxied to a high shine. Its design versatility and contemporary aesthetic has propelled it to a popular design choice for residential flooring applications where a modern, low maintenance design is desired. Combined with radiant heating applications installed before it is poured, it provides the same comfort as traditional carpeted floors, with a lot less maintenance and updating needed.
Broom Finish Concrete
Broom finish concrete is a rough textured finished obtained by dragging a broom like apparatus on the trowelled surface of the concrete while the concrete is still fresh.
It offers traction control and slip resistance to the concrete surface that is missing on a smooth or trowelled finish and for this reason is a good choice on sidewalks, patios, walkways and stairs where safety may be a concern.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Exposed aggregate is a type of concrete where a thin top layer of concrete is removed during the curing process using a natural liquid, combined with water pressure, to expose the gravel mix that’s always part of the mixture but usually hidden.
The end result is a textured surface that brings natural beauty to any space. In Southern Alberta, the aggregate used for exposed concrete is typically “14mm”: a smaller and rounder rock mixture than regular concrete.
Exposed aggregate has been in use for over a hundred years and offers a timeless appearance with practical advantages such as added traction for cars when used on driveways and under foot when used on pathways and stairs. A smaller mix of rock can be used for traction yet retaining bare-foot comfort around pool decks. Exposed aggregate is sealed with a water based sealer to enhance the look, bring out the colors and textures and also offers stain resistance. Sealing is typically reapplied every 2-3 years, depending on climate and wear.
Stamped & Decorative Concrete
Stamped concrete is obtained by pressing patterned rubber mats onto freshly troweled concrete, pressing the pattern into the concrete to leave an imprint.
Depending on the desired pattern & effect, the base color of the concrete mix is often altered at the plant with a specific color ratio and then top colored with a “release” color before pressing the pattern mats into the concrete. The variations available to a client are only limited by their imagination. Stamping patterns range from rough-hewn wood plank pattern, random large slate, cobblestone & travertine to various pre-set patterns and sizes of flagstone & brick. Used in select areas of a space, it can highlight a shape or “zone” and offer the same visual benefits as an exterior “area rug”. When combined with other concrete finishes such as exposed aggregate on the perimeter and an inlaid stamped concrete in a specific area in a coordinating color, the result is often a finer, more purposeful design and can prove to be more cost effective than the entire space being treated with a single stamped pattern.
The polished finish on a concrete surface is achieved by a mechanical process of grinding and polishing with the help of a penetrant chemical, along with the aid of specialized tools and equipment to provide a desired polished texture.
The final result is similar to polished porcelain tiles, but without the grout lines and size restrictions. Typically used in commercial and hospitality spaces, polished concrete is becoming increasingly popular in interior residential spaces where a contemporary design aesthetic is desired. Final sealers are required to maintain the finish and to offer some stain resistance.