Concrete is one of the most versatile, durable and cost-effective materials available in construction today. One of the most widely used building materials in the world, it is also environmentally sustainable, with green credentials outperforming both steel and timber.
At Cyrus Concrete Construction, we specialize in concrete construction of all kinds, from traditional concrete structures to flatwork and decorative alternatives. Below you'll learn more about these unique construction methods that demonstrate the beauty and versatility of building with concrete, including:
Concrete's versatility, durability, and economy have made it the world's most used construction material. In fact, over 340 million cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete is used each year in the United States.
At Cyrus Concrete Construction, we use our expertise in concrete construction to build those traditional and functional concrete structures that are a part of our everyday lives, including:
- Catch basins
- Dumpster pads
"Flatwork" is the term used for any concrete construction that is flat — sidewalks, driveways, patios, and floors. In the past, concrete had a dull, industrial look and feel. But new techniques for shaping, patterning, and coloring concrete have added beauty and personality to its practicality.
Now a driveway with the durability and strength of concrete can have the beautiful look of stone, slate, or granite. Interior flooring can convey the warmth of brick, marble, flagstone, tile, or even wood.
How Much Does Decorative Flatwork Cost?
It's true that decorative concrete is more expensive than plain concrete. Coloring and texturing concrete to look like brick or flagstone generally doubles the cost.
But using actual brick or flagstone costs as much as two to ten times more than installing decorative concrete. Decorative concrete provides a longer lasting, lower maintenance material that has the decorative look of brick or flagstone at a fraction of the cost.
The stamping of three-dimensional patterns into wet concrete has given a new level of beauty and texture to this previously static-looking material. New patterns enable concrete to closely resemble slate, brick, stone and flagstone, wood, granite and marble, and the strength and durability of concrete allows you to have the look of more delicate materials in situations where durability and strength are assets.
The color palette for concrete goes well beyond traditional gray! Pigments can be mixed directly into the fresh concrete, or color can be applied directly to hardened surfaces via stains, tints, or dyes. Acid-etching creates variegated colorings like those found in wood, stone and other natural materials. The uneven shading and irregularities of tone add to the beauty and create a surface that can suit any setting. The colors are available in a wide variety of options – from cool pastels to deep, vibrant hues – and custom colors can provide a personal and unique look.
You design the look — driveways and walks can coordinate with your home's exterior using a soft, natural palette. Patios and retaining walls can either blend naturally with their surroundings, or you can choose a contrasting color. Colored and textured concrete can create a subtle transition from outdoor living spaces (porches, decks) to interior rooms.
What are the advantages to building with concrete?
Durability and strength
Concrete has been used in construction sites wherever strength and durability are prime concerns. It outlasts wood, brick or stone with minimal upkeep. Concrete absorbs minimal amounts of water so it does not warp or shift in damp climates.
Decorative flatwork costs much less than the materials for which the stamped concrete is a substitute.
Eco-friendly and earth friendly
Unlike carpeting, concrete does not release toxins into your home or into the atmosphere. Concrete is all natural, and, unlike asphalt, it does not release tar-based residue into the ground.