Decorative concrete can enhance any indoor or outdoor living space. Decorative concrete includes stamped concrete, coloured concrete, wall stamps and wall-carved applications, concrete countertops, concrete furniture, fire tables, outdoor fireplaces, fountains, accent pieces, and much more!
Decorative concrete is unique, versatile, and durable. You will be able to enjoy your space for years to come!
At Hard Rock Concrete Supplies, we have the products and knowledge necessary to help you make your dream space a reality! Everything, from countertops and walls to floors, can be designed and created with you specifically in mind. If you can imagine it, we can help you create it!
Most of the decorative concrete mixes we carry are white in colour. This is so that you can produce nice, brightly coloured pieces. By adding a colour pack, you can integrally colour the piece. Integrally colouring a piece will produce a more uniform colour throughout the piece.
These concrete pieces may also be stained. Staining a piece will produce more highs and lows in the colouring. You can augment this natural highs and lows colouring system by adding water to dilute the stain and applying it in layers to create highs and lows where you want them. Layer different dilution ratios or different colours until you achieve the look you want. Integral colouring and staining are also possible.
Precast countertops and panels
Countertops, vanities, tables, shower panels, and backsplashes can all be poured and then placed. These pieces can be coloured in a number of different ways. Each way can produce a unique piece that will be one of a kind!
Our Extreme Precast Mixes can be used to make pieces from 1/2” thick to 2 inches thick. You can drop edges to make the pieces look thicker than they really are without losing any strength. This will make your pieces lighter, but still strong enough to take what life will throw at them.
Shower panels, fireplace surrounds, and backsplashes can be poured at as little as ½” in thickness.
Countertops, tabletops, and furniture pieces can be poured at as little as ¾”.
This mix will take on the texture of whatever you pour on it. Melamine, Plexiglas, casting mats—the possibilities are endless.
Pour-in-place pieces can have other materials embedded in them. All you have to do is place these pieces in the mould before you pour. Glass, rocks or stones, ammonites, crystals, glow stones—the list goes on and on.
Countertops can also be poured-in-Place. These countertops, vanity tops, and tables should be poured at 2” to 4” thick.
Dropped edges are also doable in these pieces.
Your finishing abilities will come into play here. Pieces may be polished to create a smooth, finished piece.
At Hard Rock Concrete Supplies, we have materials that are meant to be mixed and then troweled onto a vertical surface to create many different kinds of finishes. This mix is meant to be stamped with a rubber stamping tool or carved to create a pattern on the wall.
Wall spray is a mix that is mixed in a bucket and then sprayed onto the wall with a hopper gun. It can either be left with a rough stipple effect or you can then use a trowel to get a plaster look, a knockdown effect, a sand effect, or a slop trowel effect.
Micro-Tek One Coat
Micro-Tek One Coat can be used to help produce a Venetian plaster look on your walls.
Stamped and coloured concrete
Stamped-coloured concrete can look like almost anything. Want a wood plank look on your concrete? At Hard Rock Concrete Supplies, we have a wide variety of stamps, integral colour, release powders, clear liquid release, Eco-Accent (antiquing agent), and stain to help you attain your specific look.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get decorative concrete countertops outdoors?
Yes, you certainly can do countertops outdoors or indoors. The same products are used both outdoors and indoors. The same techniques for pouring the concrete are used for both as well.
Can I integrally colour my concrete and stain it as well?
Yes, you can both integrally colour and stain your concrete. The stain we carry is called Eco-Stain, and it is a penetrating stain. What that means is that the stain will work with the colour of the concrete. If you integrally colour the concrete, then stain on top, you may achieve a different colour than you would if you had not integrally coloured your concrete.
What do I need to know about sealing my pieces?
The sealer that you use will depend on what you want the piece to look like, as well as where the piece is and what it will be used for.
We have sealers that are meant for countertops or tabletops, shower stalls, and walls in the bathroom. These sealers are food-safe. These sealers come in a variety of sheens, from matte to gloss. Some of these sealers are water-based, and some are solvent-based.
Hard Rock also carries sealers that are specifically designed to cover stamped concrete or exposed aggregate. These sealers are solvent-based acrylics. These sealers can be completely penetrating, partially penetrating, or completely topical. These sealers also come in different sheens, from semi-gloss to high gloss.
What type of sink can I use with my concrete countertops?
You can use either a top-mount or under-mount sink with concrete countertops. Generally, it helps to know what type of sink you are going to use before you pour the countertop. The sink that you choose may alter the way you construct the form for the countertop.
Is decorative concrete suitable for a bathroom?
Yes, you can definitely use decorative concrete in a bathroom. Countertops, shower surrounds, walls, and floors can all be made from concrete. Sealers need to be used in high-water areas.
Are high-gloss sealers more durable than lower-gloss sealers?
High-gloss sealers have a higher percentage of solids (plastics) than lower-gloss sealers. With that knowledge, you would think that the higher the gloss, the higher the level of protection you will achieve and the longer the sealer will last. Although that seems right, there really is no significant difference in the wear times of the sealers.
What really seems to make a difference is the quality of the sealer. The higher the quality of the sealer and the higher the quality of the plastics used (whether they are acrylic, polyurethane, polyaspartic, or epoxy), the longer the sealer will last. The better the sealer, the longer it will look, and so on.
Are there any differences between high-gloss and semi-gloss sealers other than sheen?
Yes, generally, the shinier the sealer is, the slippier the surface will be when it gets wet or snowy.
There is a non-slip ingredient that you can use to help combat how slippery the concrete will get. There is more than one kind of grit that you can get. At Hard Rock Concrete Supplies, we carry two different non-slips. The first is a non-slip additive.
This comes in a 1lb. container that is used in a 5-gallon pail of sealer. This additive is mixed right into the sealer and then applied. The second kind we carry is called non-slip broadcast. This material comes in a 4lb. container and is too heavy to stay suspended in the sealer.
Instead, this non-slip is either broadcast onto the surface to be sealed and then sealed on top, or sealed and, while the sealer is still wet, broadcast on top. This type is more aggressive than the additive.
The other major difference between lower-gloss sealers and high-gloss sealers is their ability to colour-enhance the concrete. The higher the gloss, the more colour enhancement the sealer will provide the concrete.
What are the differences between water-based sealers and solvent-based sealers?
Water-based sealers have less colour-enhancing ability than solvent-based sealers, but the same goes for the sheen; the more sheen, the more colour enhancement the sealer will provide.
For outdoor acrylics, solvent-based sealers will last longer and stay shinier than water-based sealers.
The same is not necessarily true for polyurethanes and epoxies. For these types of sealers, there does not seem to be much difference in the performance of water-based varieties compared to solvent-based varieties.