Landscaping Concrete

Concrete has been around since ancient times and can be found in many famous structures. Concrete is still in use today in everything from bridges to homes.  Let Need For Build show you how you can use concrete in your exterior renovation projects. 

Concrete is a popular material to include when designing your landscape. Concrete is made up of various forms of rock, sand, gravel and water. Often times people only think of gray walkways when mentioning concrete when in fact, concrete is much more versatile in design and utility. Concrete is also durable and can withstand many uses.

Durability of Concrete

Concrete comes in different grades of strength denoted by an M followed by a number. The M is for the mix proportions of the materials in the concrete. The higher the number after the M, the higher strength rating. Concrete with a rating of M20 has 1 part cement, 1.5 parts sand, and 3 parts aggregate coarse material. It has a strength rating of 20 MPa which equals 2900 psi. This is the rating for the amount of pressure the concrete can bear before cracking or failing. M20 is a common rating of concrete for outdoor slabs.

Design Options for Concrete

Concrete can yield a wide variety of designs, it can imitate the look of other materials or have a look all its own as well. Stamps gives concrete various textures. Some popular stamped concrete designs include wood plank, flagstone, brick, slate, cobblestone. Many more stamps are available so you can have the perfect texture you are looking for.

Concrete stains are used for coloring concrete. Concrete stains hold the color very well because the stain penetrates the concrete unlike paint. Use stains with stamps to imitate different materials with your concrete from wood to leather. You can let your mind run wild with all the designs you can achieve with stamps and stains for your concrete.
Stamped Concrete next to artificial turf

Uses For Concrete

There are countless structural ways to incorporate concrete into your landscape design. Below are some of the popular uses.
Are you inspired for your next concrete landscape project? Use your imagination and I’m sure you can find many more uses for this wonderful material for your landscape. It would be amiss not to say that concrete is gaining popularity for interior renovations as well.