If you’ve been keeping up with our local concrete company blog, you know by now that concrete doesn’t have to be solid boring grey. With the advent of stamped concrete and decorative concrete, more and more homeowners are realizing the material’s versatility from both an aesthetic standpoint as well as a durability one.

But when there are so many kinds of concrete out there, it can be a bit tricky to pick the right one for a given job—so Creative Concrete, as a local concrete company, is here to help. Below we’ll talk a bit about a few common concrete types and where you might find them at work.

Air-Entrained Concrete

We’ll start off with a concrete type that might sound somewhat exotic to the average homeowner—air-entrained concrete. This concrete uses the power of air to increase its weatherability and resistance to freeze-thaw cycles. Small voids strategically placed inside the concrete allow for any water that seeps in to expand as it freezes without putting unnecessary strain on the structure.

Because it’s made to handle areas with tough freeze-thaw cycles, you’ll frequently see it used for exterior purposes in such climates.

Pumped Concrete

Ever wonder how, when working on tall projects, concrete is transported stories high? Wonder no more—a specific type of concrete allows for this, aptly nicknamed pumped concrete. While the name doesn’t refer to a numerically exact mix, it does refer to concrete that has fine aggregate particles that makes it physically possible for it to be pumped against gravity.

Pumping concrete is a complex trade, as is covered in this article from The Constructor. It tends to be used when concrete transport is difficult, but it also can be seen creating pools.

Stamped Concrete

One of our personal favorite concrete types and a close cousin to decorative concrete, stamped concrete is designed to wow the passerby with intricate designs. It’s often made to mimic natural stone; residential concrete contractors take advantage of its affordability and low-maintenance nature to deliver luxe-looking results. Because it can be made to look like nearly any natural material out there, it’s incredibly versatile from a cosmetic standpoint, and it can be seen dashing anything from concrete patios to concrete driveways.

Creative Concrete: We Know Our Trade

From the decorative to the practical and all the shades in between, this local concrete company gets you results. Give our New Brighton office a call today at 612-414-7932.