If you are thinking about modernising the exterior or your home - your pool surrounds and/or outdoor living area, the first thing you need do is sit back, do your homework and decide on the type of coatings you want on your concreted areas. No doubt, there is a huge variety of options available from exposed aggregate, concrete stamping, epoxy flooring to seamless polyaspartic decorative floor coatings.
In order to determine the most suitable covering for your requirements consider the your available options, research the pros and cons, discover what maintenance (if any) is required and most importantly decide on how you want your area to look. For example, you might want a tropical Balinese feel, or a Tuscan look, you may be dreaming of having your own English country garden or if you have a small space to work with - a minimal and modern sophisticated chic may be called for. These styles, as you would realise all require different floor coatings to set the stage.
Style & Colour
If you are after those clean and modern lines and sophisticated chic, seamless polyaspartic floor coatings offer you a wide choice of colours with paint flakes or quartz chip finishes all meant to enhance your indoor-outdoor living flow. A particular advantage of polyaspartic floors is that they are durable, seamless, retain their gloss, and colour stable (so no fade). Exposed aggregate offers a lovely finish, particularly suitable if you are looking for a flowing natural look in the backyard, pool surrounds and walkways, especially with the backdrop of beautiful gardens, palms, sandstone blocks and pavers you just can’t go wrong.
Maintenance & Cleaning
Polyaspartic seamless floors are waterproof and easy to clean; this is due to its smoothness. Stains are simply wiped up, or if you are in the mood to do a spring-clean the use of plain soap and water with a hard bristled broom is all that is required. Polyaspartic seamless floor coatings feel great under foot too. In the case of pool areas where a slip resistant finish is required for safety, the addition of quartz chips will give you a smart, easy to maintain slip resistant finish. Exposed aggregate contains iron bearing minerals which can often oxidise from water laying on the substrate surface, this can leave rust coloured stains. The only way to stop this from happening is to seal the surface, otherwise, to clean the stains you need to acid wash the area. Keep in mind this action will cause the surface to become even rougher and sharper underfoot. I don’t know about you, but I just love to walk around barefoot and when it comes to walking on my exposed aggregate patio - locating my thongs is one of the first things I do.
Ultimately it comes down to personal choice. If you were thinking like an interior designer, you would follow the rules of colour, pattern, texture and layout. However, if doing it yourself stay with whatever makes you happy. So look at your surrounding area, the gardens, the plants, the furnishings you have, do the research and then go ahead and plan, create a relaxed, functional, sophisticated outdoor living area in a style you will enjoy year after year – you won’t be sorry with the effort you put in to making that final decision.
Contact Rhino Linings Australasia Head Office for information on Rhino ArmaFloor polyaspartic decorative floor coatings. With its one-day turnaround and quick return-to-service you could have that beautiful and inviting space to show off and share with family and friends this weekend!