If you’ve ever set foot on traditional concrete—and you most likely have, given that it’s such a versatile paving material—you may have noticed that the surface isn’t completely smooth. Indeed, it’s rough underfoot, scored with numerous nearly-parallel lines. Such a texture is created by a process known as brooming.

But why broom concrete in the first place? Traditional concrete, in many cases, isn’t as snazzy as decorative concrete, so it must not be for decoration. Why go to all that extra work—and what does that work even consist of?

Creative Concrete, your New Brighton residential concrete contractors, has all the answers about this common concrete-finishing technique below.

Why Broom Concrete?

Simple: traction.

Concrete that is left to cure on its own will dry completely flat. In our crazy Minnesotan climate, that means things get slick pretty quickly if precautions aren’t taken!

In addition, since it’s not recommended to use de-icers or salt on your concrete structure—as we covered in our local concrete company blog “Top Three Winter Concrete Maintenance Tips”.

Brooming creates a slightly uneven surface that helps with grip.

How Is Brooming Accomplished?

Every concrete contractor accomplishes brooming slightly differently, though there are of course some commonalities across the industry. A stiff broom, for example, is generally the tool of choice for creating the characteristic rough finish.

It looks like a simple technique when watched—just like sweeping, no? In reality, however, it requires precise timing and conscientious movements to get the desired texture as an end result.

Does Brushing Mean Concrete Can No Longer Be Decorative?

Of course not! Though brushed concrete is a form of textured concrete, stamped concrete and other ritzy finishes can be added as borders for a truly one-of-a-kind work of concrete art.

On top of that, contractors are beginning to think outside the box when it comes to brooming to create both practical and functional finishes.

Creative Concrete: New Brighton Decorative Concrete Experts

No matter the concrete project, we’ve got the expertise and service-driven mindset to execute it. For all your concrete needs, contact our New Brighton office today at 612-414-7932.