Looking to broom finish concrete? Concrete is widely known as a multi-purpose construction material, used worldwide for an innumerable range of commercial and domestic uses. Concrete retains its energy inside, but its beauty outside, and this external appearance can be altered by the use of different types of materials and methods, which are outlined below.
What Broom Do You Suggest To Finish Concrete With?
While you can really use any broom, we suggest using a brand new broom with hard, plastic (Nylon) bristles. This will make sure your concrete isn’t contaminated by any existing debris.
O-Cedar Professional 24" Multi-Surface Maxi-Lok Push Broom
- Commercial-Grade quality push broom built with soft outer bristles that sweep up fine dirt particles, while sturdy inner bristles sweep away large debris
- The 24" Multi-Surface push broom features Maxi-Lok technology and anti-rotation socket so broom head never comes loose
- This broom is eco-friendly with broom block and bristles made of 80% recycled material
- Designed for all outdoor sweeping - garages, sidewalks, decks and other outdoor surfaces
Do You Seal Broom Finish Concrete?
Yes! This is to ensure the concrete doesn’t get stained by spills, car oil etc. This will ensure its always good looking. This is what we suggest you take a look at.
KILZ L390201 Interior/Exterior Concrete, Brick, and Tile Liquid Masonry Sealer, Wet Look (High-Gloss), Clear, 1-Gallon, 1 gal, 4 l
- A good masonry sealer protects and beautifies concrete, brick, and other masonry surfaces while preserving and maintaining color and detail without fading, yellowing or changing color.
- KILZ Interior/Exterior Sealer is high-solid, non-yellowing acrylic-based formula that enhances coated and uncoated stone, tile, cement, and stucco surfaces with a high-gloss, wet-look finish.
- Use KILZ Liquid Masonry Sealer indoors and outdoors on masonry, stucco, concrete, tile, brick, aggregate, natural and artificial stone surfaces. Not for use in high moisture areas such as pool decks.
- This sealer can be applied with a brush, roller, high quality pad applicator, or high quality pump sprayer. The sealer dries within an hour and can be recoated in 4 hours.
- This is a 1-gallon can of KILZ Interior/Exterior Concrete, Brick, and Tile Clear Liquid Masonry Sealer with a wet-look finish. Covers 250-400 square feet per gallon depending on surface texture.
How to Apply Sealer to New and Old Concrete
How to apply a concrete sealer to new and old concrete! This is what will be going over in this video! So Protect your concrete from stains and get it sealed!
How To Seal Concrete Patio (Behr Wet Look Sealer)
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Different Concrete Finishes
A standard concrete finish is mainly a smooth surface that is obtained by using screeds and trowels. Immediately after the concrete is poured into different types of forms, concrete finisher uses these tools to level the surface. A screed is often made up of long wooden or metal piece and is used to pull out and forced onto the concrete surface to remove any excess concrete and to fill any hole in the surface.
To ensure that the concrete surface is non-slippery, a special type of broom finish is applied. This finish is accomplished by positioning, leveling, and troweling the surface. Once a smooth concrete surface is achieved, the broom is moved in backward and forward direction all over the surface to create tiny ridges that aids in providing more traction, especially when the surface is wet. It’s usually noticed that concrete surfaces that don’t have brush finish are slippery, especially when they are wet. We suggest you check out brooms for concrete floors.
Trowel or Drift
After the concrete is tooled with the help of screed, finishers use trowels for smoothing and finely leveling the top of the concrete. This is accomplished with both manual and technical means. To manually level the concrete surface, a hand trowel, usually consisting of a fixed metal blade and a connected handle is forced and pulled through the entire concrete area. Power or electric trowels are widely available and are generally used for heavy commercial and industrial works where the use of hand trowels is simply not practical. Energy trowels look like large fans through the blades that are in a straight line, unlike concrete. These powered trowels are available both in the riding as well as walk-behind variants.
Edges and Borders
Concrete edging is done to obtain rounded or beveled sites over the finished concrete and to create joints wherever necessary in the area to greatly assist in reducing the risk of cracking. A variety of edge devices can be used to perform this a specific task but do understand that this job requires a lot of practice.
In addition to broom finishing, other methods exist to create textures on the surface of the concrete. Some of the most essential are listed below:
Usually found on sidewalks in old and forgotten cities, an exposed aggregate finish is usually created by cleaning the top layer of concrete. By washing, the upper layer reveals the top edges of the stones that are used in the concrete mixture. These uneven textures not only provide excellent traction control but also improve the appearance of somewhat dull concrete surface.
In addition to using traditional materials such as sand, gravel, cement, and water, other materials can be added to the mix to obtain exposed finishes with a completely unique feel and appearance. Examples of the most unusual materials are blue granite, pink quartz, dark grey limestone, etc. Sometimes you can even find colored glasses and even seashells in the mixture. However, there is one essential point to keep in mind, and that is to avoid any additives that have iron because they can create stains in the concrete. In addition, it is essential to provide superior quality sealing once the concrete has hardened. This is essential if you want to protect the upper surface.
Salt-Based Concrete Finish
This type of finish is mainly used for concrete surfaces that are supposed to be immersed, such as swimming pool decks, etc. This type of finish is achieved by the uniform application of salt (rock salt to be exact) on the surface of the freshly poured concrete. The surface is then washed, resulting in the formation of small pits on the concrete surface.
The most common approach to adding textures is using concrete pads. These stamps are generally made up of panels with engraved patterns or designs and are then placed on the surface of the concrete while it is still fresh and wet. These panels can have designs of brick, decorative styles, stone or something that mimics some of the most commonly used building materials while maintaining the true strength and durability of any concrete block.
Various Ways to Color Concrete
Concrete is generally colored so that its appearance harmonizes with that of the architecture of the building or structure concerned. The coloring of concrete is generally obtained by mixing distinct pigments or by staining.
the use of pigments in the coloring of the concrete is actually a quite easy process, and it is achieved by incorporating various types of pigments into the concrete before casting. These pigments are usually available in the market in liquid or perhaps in a dissolvable package. In either case, these pigments are poured into the mixture along with other essential building materials such as gravel, sand, cement, and water. It should be noted that the pigment colors are limited to some dark variants of brown, green, gray, and blue.
A number of staining products can be used to manipulate the color of concrete. One of the most widely used methods to stain a concrete surface is the usage of acid. Like the pigments discussed in the previous section, the range of colors is limited to somewhat dark but relatively subtle tones. Also note that water-based coloring offers you the most varied color options, including white and black. These stains can be applied to even-aged concrete surfaces, but it is important for you to be aware that the coloring is generally brighter if the stain is applied immediately after the concrete is poured.
Cured or hardened concrete, regardless of its age, can be polished to give it a cleaner, shinier appearance. Polishing the concrete surface also makes maintenance easier and provides a much-needed slip-resistant texture that is difficult to find on an unpolished concrete surface.
Polishing is normally carried out using the sanding machines, which are usually equipped with diamond abrasives, and surface smoothing are determined by the degree of aggressiveness used (which can actually vary from coarse to fine).
Now you know the difference between broom finish concrete and all the other types. If you have any questions leave them for us below!