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Explore the Creative Control of Concrete

Concrete offers a unique combination of versatility, flexibility and creative control that makes it a highly sought-after construction material.

Favoured for its strength and durability, concrete has long been used for landscaping and functional outdoor features like driveways, pathways and retaining walls.

Concrete is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity for its aesthetic appeal too, embraced by architects and builders for everything from polished concrete floors to entire homes.

But it isn’t reserved for only the rich and famous.

Decorative concrete options like Exposed Aggregate, Coloured Concrete and Polished and Honed Concrete are popular choices for residential properties, with potential applications both inside and out.

How much concrete you use, and where you use it, is entirely up to you as a homeowner. And most renovators will soon find more than a few uses for concrete.

 

Shape and Form

Concrete is the most widely used material in the world, second only to water, owing to its flexibility and versatility.

Poured as a fluid liquid, and setting as hard as rock, concrete is capable of taking on almost any form.

Depending on its preparation, pouring, and finishing, concrete can be used in major constructions like bridges, skyscrapers and residential architecture, through to artistic sculptures, pots and vases, or the finest of trinkets.

Evolution of technology such as 3D concrete printing is transforming the construction industry, opening up even more opportunities.

This new age of concrete may seem like a long way from the heyday of brutalist architecture.

Big, bold and brash, brutalism dominated civil architecture for several decades, but it remains just as evident, and relevant, today in cities all over the world.

While in the humble Australian home, concrete is making a comeback both inside and out, just with a gentler approach.

Exposed aggregate lends itself to neutral applications, mixed with natural stone for a textured, organic finish perfect for driveways, paths, and patios.

While polished and honed concrete creates a sleek and smooth surface for indoor flooring, as well as benchtops, dining tables and even pool surrounds.

True to its nature, concrete continues to offer endless possibilities for creative control of shape and form, evident in the built form of the world’s largest cities, to your very own backyard, or living room.

 

Creative with Colour

The range of colours and natural stone selections available in the Geostone product range makes decorative concrete an even more versatile building material.

From earthy and neutral tones to deep greens, and pure white stone to charcoal, the varied colour palettes foster freedom of creative expression.

But its benefits don’t stop at colour.

Coloured concrete provides industrial strength and durability, without the limitations of an industrial palette, or ‘50 shades of grey’.

This provides homeowners with both creative control and freedom to customise their interior and exterior uses of concrete, to complement, or contrast, the colour scheme of their home and local surrounds.

It also works in greater harmony with furniture, decor and other additions to the property, pairing perfectly with natural materials like timber, stone, and greenery.

While inside, concrete floors create a spectacular foundation for open plan living. Ideal for modern, contemporary, classic or minimalist styling, polished concrete can also be softened with furnishings like rugs, cushions and mood lighting.

 

Creating a Space

Rather than merely filling a space, concrete has the power to define it.

Whether it’s carving out pathways, building a retaining wall, or pouring a polished concrete floor, decorative concrete makes a statement powerful enough to stand alone.

Maybe it’s the natural stone aggregate detail, the unique colours, the high-sheen finish, or the way light projects and dances off it, but polished concrete floors make a bold statement.

While outside, concrete can be used to bring definition to backyards, landscaping and public spaces.

Geostone has been used in civil projects throughout Australia, from beach forefronts and public park footpaths to city centre walkways.

The colours and aggregates were chosen to carefully reflect the natural beauty of each area, while serving as a functional, and durable, construction material.

Geostone offers these same benefits in any application, indoors or out, including the humble family home.

Concrete continues to provide exciting opportunities for both creative control and expression, accessible to architects, builders and homeowners.

Although it has been used since ancient times, concrete is now enjoying modern breakthroughs in innovation and technology, supporting new possibilities for concrete in construction.

 

So only one question remains. And that is, what are you going to build with Geostone?

Contact us today to discuss your project vision.

 

How Much Does a Decorative Concrete Driveway Cost

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Geostone is how much does a decorative concrete driveway cost?

The answer depends on many factors, including the size of the area to be concreted, the location of the project, and which Geostone product you choose.

The beauty of Geostone is the variety of colours and natural stone selections available across our Exposed Aggregate, Coloured Concrete and Polished and Honed Concrete ranges.

We understand everyone’s home is unique, which is why we offer decorative concrete in a selection of different product styles, colours and finishes.

This guide has been designed to step you through Geostone’s product selection process, so our team can provide a detailed and accurate quote for your new decorative concrete driveway.  

 

Location

Geostone products are now available throughout much of Australia, but the colours and stone selections vary depending on the region.

Each Geostone decorative concrete product is exclusive to the local delivery area, including natural stones, known as aggregate.

As a result, the price for each product varies depending on the location, because the products are all different.

For this reason, when providing your quote, we will ask for the postcode of your project so we can provide you with localised product options and pricing.

You can also see the product range available in your region by using the regional selector on our website, whether it’s for Exposed Aggregate, Coloured Concrete, or Honed and Polished Concrete.

 

Landscape

Will the decorative concrete driveway be built on a sloping block, a suburban subdivision, farmland, a rocky hill, or maybe on top of an existing driveway?

The landscape of your project area will influence the amount of product required, and also the complexity of installation – and each of these factors will influence the price.

To provide an accurate quote, Geostone, and your chosen installer or service provider, will ask you questions about the landscape and topography of your project area.

 

Size

No two driveways are exactly the same. The size, shape and layout of your driveway will determine how much Geostone you require.

Many of our customers also choose to extend their driveway into a complete wrap-around of their property, including a front porch, side walkways and back patio.

We recommend asking your chosen installer to determine exactly how much product your project will need. But we invite you to use our Concrete Calculator to help you make an initial estimate.

 

Style

Do you like the natural stone features of exposed aggregate? Maybe you would prefer a solid coloured concrete, or a sleek honed concrete finish.

Whatever your style, Geostone has a range of options available to suit you and your home.

Remember, the product ranges, and prices, vary depending on your area.

As a first step, we recommend using the Product Range regional selector on our website to see the options available to you. You can also visit your nearest Geostone Display Centre to see samples in person.

Once you’ve decided on the style you would like to use, you’re another step closer to knowing how much your decorative concrete driveway will cost.

 

Colour

From creamy coloured neutrals to earthy reds, and forest greens to midnight black, Geostone decorative concrete is available in a wide variety of colours.

This assists  you to find the  colour selection to either match, or complement your home’s colour scheme and the natural surroundings.

We recommend taking a look at the colours available in your region using the Product Range regional selector on our website. Remember, the colour options are all unique to your local area, and the colours vary between the Exposed Aggregate, Coloured Concrete, and Honed and Polished Concrete.

Make a note of the names of your favourite colours, and head along to your nearest Geostone Display Centre to take a closer look, check the website for the various locations.

 

Installers

We recommend professional installation of Geostone decorative concrete, and there is a range of service providers, installers and finishers to choose from across Australia.

You can also use the Find A Service Provider search tool on our website, but please note this list is not exhaustive. Holcim does not engage the listed service providers directly, and does not have a system of accreditation for service providers. Holcim recommends each customer undertake their own research to find the most appropriate service provider for their needs. Installation and finishing costs will vary depending on the provider, and you will need to discuss this with your chosen contractor.

 

Contact Us

If you have worked through each of the steps in this guide, you should now have a clearer picture of the end result you could achieve with Geostone. With your project blueprint fresh in your mind, we recommend you contact us to request a concrete quote, which you can do by calling us on 131188, or you can submit an online enquiry. And if you’re still not sure which Geostone product is right for you, rest assured our Geostone Colour Specialists are here to help.

Using Honed Concrete Outdoors

Using honed concrete outdoors provides a sleek and polished finish for entertaining areas and pathways.

The honed finish can be applied to coloured concrete and exposed aggregate to create a contemporary space customised to the unique colour scheme and surrounds of your home.

So, what exactly is honed concrete? How do you implement it, and why choose it over other options? To answer those questions, here are some tips, tricks and suggestions for creating and maintaining a gorgeous outdoor area with the use of honed concrete.

 

Creating honed concrete

The process of honing concrete is achieved through grinding the top layer of the concrete to reveal a natural stone and a flat matt finish.

This surface is naturally slip resistant and suitable for all weather conditions, making it ideal for both indoors and outdoors.

Honed concrete is crafted to be low maintenance, easy to clean, allergy-friendly, hardwearing and has a high thermal mass, making it comfortable all year round.

And just like polished concrete, getting the honed concrete look is more affordable than you might think.

 

Myth Busted

We see a lot of concern and misconception among customers about the safety of using honed concrete outdoors.

Contrary to popular belief, honed concrete is naturally slip resistant.

Although the stunning sleek look of honed concrete may appear otherwise, honed concrete is suitable for uncovered outdoor areas and pool surrounds.

Professional installation and finishing along with proper maintenance and care will ensure a safe outdoor landscaping option that stands the test of time.

Of course, any surface can become difficult to walk on if wet, so always ensure your outdoor area, although weatherproof, is routinely cleared of water run-off.

 

Maintenance

Decorative outdoor concrete, like honed concrete, is easy to clean and maintain.

Regular sweeping or light hosing is adequate for cleaning concrete, but if in doubt, always ask a professional concrete installer what other options they recommend.

Honed concrete is an increasingly popular outdoor landscaping and building material, providing a unique and customisable solution for backyards, patios, paths and pool surrounds.

Visit our website to see the Geostone honed concrete product range available in your area and be sure to visit our blog archive for more information about decorative concrete.

Should You Restore or Build a New Driveway?

Whether you’re upgrading your home or buying an established house, restoring your driveway is probably on the to-do list.

Driveways come in many forms and materials, including pavers, bricks, concrete, asphalt, gravel or sometimes just good old fashioned compacted dirt.

If the existing driveway is aged and hasn’t been maintained, it’s likely you’re faced with stains, cracks, potholes, water damage or other signs of ageing that make the entrance to your home less than inviting.

So if you’re investing in renovating your home or upgrading the exterior, you’ll probably also want to renovate your driveway.

Should I restore or build a new driveway?

While it is possible to lay Geostone over an existing surface, a well-prepared foundation will always provide the longest lasting results for

your decorative concrete.

So removing the existing driveway and building a new driveway might be the most cost effective option in the long run.

If the foundations of the existing driveway are deemed appropriate by your service provider, it’s possible Geostone coloured concrete or exposed aggregate could be poured over the top to create a new driveway.

Either option will give you the ability to tailor the colour scheme of your driveway and landscaping to complement the rest of your home and natural surrounds of your local area.

Important factors to consider when restoring a driveway

As with any landscaping or home improvement project, there is a range of important factors to consider before embarking on your new driveway.

Going into your renovation with a defined budget, well thought-out plan and a clear vision of the finished project will make the process much easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

It is particularly important to communicate this plan clearly with your suppliers and service providers. If you’re installing a driveway as part of a bigger landscaping and renovation project, it is essential to coordinate the timing of the driveway construction with those too.

Budget: Budgeting may not be fun, but it is important. By determining a budget at the beginning of a project, and sticking to it, you can avoid spending too much on renovations. 

Timing: You probably don’t want to pour a brand new concrete driveway right before earthmoving equipment arrives to clear the backyard. If you need landscaping and pathways in other areas of the property, you could potentially save time and money by combining all of the projects together. Weather is also a factor when pouring concrete, so it’s important to consider the best time to renovate your driveway.

Longevity: When investing in home renovations, you want them to last. This is why you and your service providers should take steps to improve the lifespan of your new driveway, including measures to prevent concrete cracking.

Value: Whether you’re improving your home for your enjoyment, or preparing to list the house for sale, you’re probably interested in ways to add value to your home. Restoring your driveway using decorative concrete, is one way to increase resale value.

Colour: Did you know neutral colours are more likely to return higher value when you sell your home? Choosing the best coloured concrete for your home ensures you enjoy your space while you live there and reap the greatest benefits when it comes time to sell.

Sealing: Not all service providers include outdoor sealer as standard. Thoroughly finishing your decorative concrete including using an outdoor sealer, can help to extend the lifespan of your driveway.

Atmosphere: Ultimately your driveway is the introduction to your home, making it a really significant restoration project. Our resident architect Peter Colquhoun shares his insights into creating the perfect welcome home.

Be sure to check out our Driveway Installation Tips  and visit our blog archive for more decorative concrete inspiration and ideas.

Contact us today for a personalised quote or more information about Geostone.

Demystifying Concrete: 5 Common Concrete Myths Busted

Your home is not only your shelter, but also a major investment.

For many of us, it is the largest purchase we will ever make, and we’ll probably spend many years, sometimes decades, working hard to pay for it.

We also spend a lot of time enjoying our homes, whether it’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen, entertaining friends, gardening or sleeping in on Sunday.

And sometimes, we’re hard at work making home improvements – updating, renovating and landscaping to nurture our investment and make our house a home.

So when we invest in home improvements, we want to be sure they are going to last. Concrete is a durable and versatile building material with wide-ranging applications, making it the perfect option for home improvement projects including driveways, pathways, entertaining areas, pool surrounds, landscaping, polished concrete flooring and even benchtops. Considered once merely a structural material hidden under other finishes, concrete is now rightly appreciated for not only its inherent strength but natural beauty. With the advances in finishes and the decorative range, concrete adds design gravitas to any area of the home.

To make sure there’s nothing stopping you from choosing decorative concrete for your home, we’ve busted some of the most common concrete myths.

 

Myth #1 – It cracks

One of the most common concerns we hear about concrete is that it might crack. It’s important to remember that all solid surfaces have the potential to crack, including tiles and paving, but measures can be taken to prevent concrete cracking.

Holcim Australia has revealed the major causes of cracking are poor site preparation and construction supervision issues – both avoidable factors. Design defects and unfavourable weather conditions can also contribute to concrete instability.

As always, prevention is better than cure. The Geostone Best Practice Placement Guide provides helpful advice for our customers and their concrete installers on the best methods to prevent cracks in concrete.

 

Myth #2 – It’s too slippery

Decorative concrete is a popular material for pool decks and pool surrounds and also high in demand is concrete floors for bathrooms and wet areas.

Exposed aggregate is ideal for outdoor use, while indoors, polished concrete offers a sleek flooring option, and honed concrete can be used both indoors and out.

The exposed aggregate and polished and honed concrete finishes from Geostone offer slip-resistant qualities, which make them a safe flooring and underfoot option for the family home.

In fact, new research shows polished concrete is one of the safest architectural hard surfaces available today. Concrete also provides a flat and stable floor surface, reducing tripping hazards or the risk of tipping furniture. In high traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms, kitchens and indoor/outdoor interfaces, concrete is the one material which can help link and define these zones and withstand the wear and tear.

 

Myth #3 – It’s old fashioned

A quick search for ‘concrete’ on Pinterest will reveal this building material is considered anything but old.

Concrete has experienced a modern-day resurgence as a highly sought-after building material, capable of creating award-winning and awe-inspiring homes and architecture. A look at the most recent Australian Architectural awards will show you how concrete is very much the go-to building material when it comes to cutting edge home design. It suits all Australian environments as its thermal properties keep interiors stable without excess heating or cooling costs.

The versatility of concrete means it can be used creatively to suit any style of home. According to leading designers, it’s also a material which complements all other  finishes. So whether you are looking for modern and contemporary building materials, or something a little more classic, you will soon discover why decorative concrete is the new cool.

Myth #4 – Concrete looks too industrial

In case you still need more convincing after busting Myth #3, let us say one thing.

Concrete doesn’t just come in grey anymore.

Geostone’s coloured concrete is available in a range of natural and earthy colours giving customers the power of choice when it comes to designing their dream entertaining area and home exteriors.

The exposed aggregate and polished and honed concrete ranges also feature natural Australian stone, creating a warm and welcoming finish to driveways, pathways, pool surrounds and more.

 

Myth #5 – It requires too much maintenance

Concrete is a naturally durable and long lasting hard surface, meaning it requires less maintenance than some other flooring and landscaping options.

Low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance however, and decorative concrete will look better for longer by following a few simple steps for cleaning and care.

Regular sweeping is recommended for exterior concrete surfaces to avoid build-up and potential staining, while indoors a damp mop is sometimes all you need for cleaning decorative concrete.

Taking steps to preserve the concrete surface such as waxing polished concrete floors or sealing outdoor concrete can also help to protect your solid long term investment.

Still have questions about concrete? You might like to check out our Frequently Asked Questions, Contact Us directly for more information, or to see Geostone’s wide range of decorative concrete in person, find your nearest Geostone display centre.

 

Why Concrete Is the New Cool

Using contemporary concrete styling in your home

The industrial vintage look of concrete has made a return to dominate contemporary architecture on a global scale.

And you can now replicate this style in your very own home.

Once confined to house slabs and the base of the Hills Hoist, concrete is now being used extensively throughout residential construction.

Home renovation programs like The Block have escalated this age-old building material to new heights, using concrete to add modern and unrefined functional features to the home – even in the kitchen and bathroom.

Programs such as these have proven to be highly influential, with viewers being drawn to replicate the same trends and styles they’re exposed to on television in their own homes.

But it doesn’t end there.

The growing concrete trend is everywhere you look.

Social media is another popular and highly influential platform to source design and style inspiration. And #concrete is certainly trending. 

A quick keyword search on Instagram reveals more than 2-million results for concrete, paired with images of stylish concrete forms – everything from sky rise buildings and art galleries to swimming pools and flower pots.

Pinterest is another hotspot for lovers of all things concrete, with imagery collections ranging from concrete garden inspiration to vintage industrial concrete interiors.

Of course, these trends all have a beginning somewhere far removed from social media.

Leading the way in the concrete architecture of the real world is celebrated architect, Tadao Ando. Working primarily in concrete, Ando is inspired by the brutalist style but best known for his own unique ‘cashmere-like’ smooth finish.

The Atlantic captured it perfectly in their recent article on Tadao Ando, which made the comparison that most architects consider concrete as a building’s underwear, ‘an essential but hidden layer’, while Ando’s structures display their concrete with pride.

And like Ando, we are seeing more and more architects test the boundaries of concrete, as concrete buildings make headlines around the world.

The once snubbed building material is now embraced everywhere from Japanese homes crafted from raw concrete to the 17 best concrete buildings from across the globe.

This movement is perhaps best described by styling blog, Hunting for George as ‘a concrete renaissance’. And we couldn’t agree more.

Tips on how to capture the contemporary concrete look in your home

  • Go Big: There’s no need to hold back when it comes to contemporary concrete. Whether you’re planning a single large concrete space or combining several separate features, Geostone’s decorative concrete range is versatile and diverse enough to use without restraint.Concrete is the new home styling trend
  • Embrace Colour: Raw and exposed traditional grey concrete is certainly hot right now, but adding colour to the mix is still popular with homeowners wanting a softer style. Geostone’s coloured concrete allows you to customise your concrete to the unique colour scheme of your home and surrounds.
  • Natural Look & Layering: Concrete is ideal for pairing with natural textures and building materials such as stone and timber. Geostone features natural Australian stone sourced from your local region to truly reflect where you live.
  • Polished Concrete: If sophistication is your style, it’s hard to go past the beauty and durability of a polished concrete floor. Speckled with natural Australian stone throughout, Geostone’s polished concrete is a truly beautiful option for flooring and benchtops.
  • Think Outside the Square: Concrete doesn’t have to be restricted to driveways and patios. Take a look at our other concrete projects for the garden and backyard.

 

How to Prevent Concrete Cracking

It’s the one question everyone wants answered when it comes to concrete – how do we prevent cracking?

We often find our customers want the durability and visual appeal of decorative concrete, but they’re concerned about the risk of cracks in their concrete slab or driveway.

Like all construction projects, concrete relies on strong foundations. So site preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and long-lasting finish, avoiding cracks and the need for concrete resurfacing and repair.

We’ve developed this guide to help our customers and installers get the best possible results from Geostone.

Why does concrete crack?

There are several major reasons and sometimes unique combinations of factors that can contribute to cracks appearing in concrete. Our parent company Holcim Australia explains the cracking phenomenon is complex and can depend on the rate and amount of drying, drying shrinkage, tensile strength, tensile strain, creep, elasticity, degree of restraint, and other factors. Holcim has revealed survey results which found the three most common causes of concrete cracking are:

  • Construction and supervision problems – approx 36%
  • Design defects – approx 27%
  • Ambient conditions during pouring (temperature, humidity, wind) – approx 21%

In addition to this, Holcim advises all cracks can be grouped into two categories. Either cracks that occur before and during hardening, or cracks that occur after hardening of concrete.

“While most types of cracking do not affect structural stability or durability, all cracks are unsightly and in extreme cases cracking can reduce the use and serviceability of the structure. For this reason, cracking should be kept to a minimum.” – Holcim.

Taking proactive steps to avoid cracks in your concrete can help prevent the need for repairs and resurfacing later on.

“Cracks in Concrete: The Cracking Phenomenon”, Holcim, 2017, http://www.holcim.com.au/products-and-services/tools-faqs-and-resources/do-it-yourself-diy/cracks-in-concrete.html

Methods to avoid concrete cracking

Sometimes the underlying causes of concrete cracks are unavoidable, such as extreme weather, or the movement and settlement of earth over time. But measures can be taken at the installation stage to better allow for these possibilities, helping to mitigate the risk of concrete cracking.

The Geostone Best Practice Placement Guide was developed to assist both our customers and concrete service providers with the placement of Geostone’s exposed aggregate concrete and decorative concrete range.

Some of the Guide’s key tips for avoiding cracks include:

  • Preparation is Key: Prepare the site where you will lay your Geostone and ensure it is graded and compacted. Be aware that areas which have been excavated alongside buildings, retaining walls and pipework are often poorly compacted. This may result in movement and dampness in and around these areas which can cause cracking and other issues associated with water ingress.
  • Call in the Professionals: A compaction certificate from an experienced professional will provide peace of mind for the steps that follow. Unless a water vapour barrier is used, it is also recommended the area is well watered prior to concreting.
  • Reinforcement: Steel reinforcement gives concrete additional tensile strength. It helps to control movement and cracking as well as transferring loads from expansion and contraction, and direct loads placed on the concrete. Your installer should use commercial bar chairs which are designed to hold steel reinforcement above the ground when placing steel mesh. Lifting or hooking up the reinforcing mesh is not recommended. In honed or exposed aggregate Geostone projects, we recommend SL62 or higher reinforcing mesh. SL82 or heavier slab mesh should be used in all polished or Geostone internal ground slabs.
  • Weather: Avoid pouring Geostone in hot and windy conditions. The concrete should be protected from drying out too quickly, and we recommend installers apply an evaporation retardant to the concrete surface after levelling the surface to keep moisture at optimal levels.
  • Product: Geostone is designed to be installed at a slump of 80mm. Adding excess water to the mix should be avoided as it can alter the colour, finish and strength of the concrete. Sprinkling water on the surface during or after installation should also be avoided.
  • Control Joints: It is inevitable that concrete will lose moisture over time. Cutting control joints into the concrete during the setting stage allows the concrete to move without cracking from drying out, tension and restraint. See the Best Practice Placement Guide for detailed recommendations on the depth and spacing of control joints for Geostone.

 

When planning your Geostone concrete project, you should discuss these points with your concrete installer or service provider to help ensure your decorative concrete looks great for years to come.

Why Polished Concrete Floors Are More Affordable Than You Think

Polished concrete has become a popular flooring option for contemporary and classic style homes, and it’s surprisingly affordable.

Getting that glossy look of polished stone flooring doesn’t have to come with the premium price tag of marble.

Polished decorative concrete flooring can be a cheaper option to lay, and requires less maintenance than many other flooring options, which can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your floor.

Polished concrete provides a durable, smooth, flush floor surface which is easy to maintain, requiring little to no further expense.

Unlike carpet, polished concrete flooring provides a hypoallergenic and water resistant surface perfect for families and households with pets.

Geostone’s polished and honed concrete range comes in a wide range of colours, with a variety of aggregate options to customise a flooring solution unique to your home.

Ensuring the longest lifespan of a concrete floor starts with the pour. Your installer should follow all the usual measures from using steel reinforcement to planning the pour in the right weather.

But there are also some simple steps you can take to increase the lifespan of your polished concrete flooring. We’ve put together this easy to follow guide with the help of some of our Geostone service providers, to help you get the most from your Geostone floor for many years to come.

Affordable Maintenance for Polished Concrete Floors

  • Concrete is a porous material so it can absorb spills and stains. Polished concrete is more resistant, but all spills should be cleaned and dried promptly to avoid staining.
  • Replace your broom with a microfiber pad. Microfiber is less abrasive and more effective at removing the everyday dust and microparticles which can dull the shine of polished concrete.
  • Victoria’s Revolution Concrete Grinding and Polishing recommends only washing the floor when absolutely necessary.
  • Revolution Concrete Grinding and Polishing also suggests draining the mop thoroughly to avoid soaking the floor. Flooding or pooling of water can damage the polished surface.
  • WA Terrazzo Tile Manufacturers recommends using a gentle pH neutral floor cleaner solution for mopping, avoiding anything containing ammonia, bleach, pine cleaners or vinegar.
  • They also suggest using clean water when mopping polished concrete. The concrete can be stained if dirty water is used.
  • WA Terrazzo Tile Manufacturers warns any rubber products such as rubber backed mats or rubber floor protectors could permanently mark the surface.
  • Be sure to thoroughly remove cleaning solution with sufficient water, and don’t allow cleaning solution to pool or dry on the floor.
  • WA Terrazzo Tile Manufacturers says, if in time your floor is becoming difficult to clean this can indicate the sealer is wearing away and needs resealing.
  • If after a few years your polished concrete floor could use some extra TLC, a commercial floor burnisher can buff and renew the surface.

There are many benefits to having such a long-lasting hard-wearing flooring option. Perhaps one of the most important features of polished concrete is its affordability and ability to save you money in the long run.

Click here for more information about Geostone’s polished concrete flooring options.

From Inspiration to Installation: The Geostone process for your decorative concrete flooring and landscape solution

Designing the flooring and landscape gardening for your home is an exciting and important stage of home ownership.

It’s the Great Australian Dream to own our own piece of paradise, and making a house a home is the ultimate goal.

There is something truly rewarding about tailoring a home to suit your personal taste and lifestyle, creating a space you can sit back to enjoy for years to come.

With Geostone, you can create everything from driveways and contemporary outdoor areas to stunning indoor flooring. And with a wide range of concrete colours, natural stone products and finishes to choose from, the design options are only limited by your imagination.

Forget tired, dull and colourless concrete. Geostone customers are spoilt for choice, so we’ve put together this guide to help step you through the Geostone process, from inspiration to installation.

Be Inspired

Whether you’re looking to make a statement with a polished concrete floor, or an outdoor entertainment area and pool surrounds the whole family can enjoy, Geostone offers the perfect solution for indoors and out.

Best of all, you can customise Geostone to suit the colours of your home and natural landscape of your local area.

To see just some of the possibilities, take inspiration from our examples of Geostone’s Polished and Honed Concrete, Exposed Concrete and Coloured Concrete design options.

Be Selective

Geostone offers an exciting range of colours, stone products and mixes unique to your local area.

So the next step is to choose your product and colour combination to fulfil the creative vision for your home.

You can see the possibilities in person at any one of our Geostone Display Centres across Australia. And for added convenience, the Geostone website has an online selector tool that allows you to see the product range available in your region:

    1. Exposed Concrete
      Ideal for outdoors, driveways, gardens, pool surrounds, entertainment areas, pathways and landscaping, Geostone’s stylish Exposed Concrete range offers a range of different natural stone and colour combinations unique to your local area, and tailored to your requests.

      View the Geostone Exposed Concrete Product Range in your local area

 

    1. Coloured Concrete
      Geostone is available in a wide range of stunning neutral and earthy colours to bring style and sophistication to any space. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, you can find the perfect Geostone Coloured Concrete for you.

      View the Geostone Coloured Concrete Product Range in your local area

 

    1. Polished and Honed Concrete
      Perfect for stylish and contemporary interior flooring, Geostone’s Polished and Honed Concrete range provides a sophisticated finish to any home. You can select from a wide range of colours and natural stones to create a custom combination uniquely yours.
      View the Geostone Coloured Concrete Product Range in your local area

 

Be Satisfied

When you’re satisfied with your selection, it’s time to arrange the installation and finishing of your Geostone product.

First, you might like to use the interactive Concrete Calculator to determine the amount of Geostone you’ll need for your project, and consult our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Then you should contact us at Geostone to discuss your project. You can Contact Geostone Online, visit a Geostone Display Centre or phone us on 13 11 88 to be connected to your closest sales office.

To complete your Geostone project, you will also need to find local service providers such as Installers, Polishers, Colour Consultants, Designers and Landscapers. You can Find a Service Provider on the Geostone website. This list is a suggestion only and the contractors listed are not employed or accredited by Geostone or Holcim.

Then all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your beautiful home.

5 Applications of Concrete that You Probably Haven’t Thought Of…

Whenever concrete is mentioned, images of its use in construction and house foundations usually come to mind. But concrete has taken on a new life over the years as architects and builders discover innovative ways to mould, strengthen and decorate the versatile material. We look at concrete differently today; exploring concrete’s functionality and the unforeseen and stylish applications it can take on about the home.

Versatile Concrete

Concrete can add warmth as it complements the contemporary design aesthetics of a home. You can use concrete in the bathroom instead of tiles to create a benchtop, a bath surround or a floor of exposed aggregate. It can be introduced in such a way so as to proudly show off the concrete itself such as an impressive dining room floor made of polished concrete that gleams like glass, or a stamped concrete path of a colour and texture that complements your home’s design. Concrete is a flexible material that can be cast into complex shapes. Your decorative concrete can contain natural stone, scrap metals, petrified woods, mosaics of glass crystals and even phosphorescent glow-in-the-dark materials. Here are five applications of concrete you probably haven’t thought of:

1. Concrete Benchtops and Sinks

Concrete is a practical alternative to expensive marble, for if it’s the stone-like look you’re after, the concrete aggregate mix can be precisely moulded and shaped to benchtop dimensions and then finely polished back to reveal an exquisite natural stone finish with a mirror-like sheen. A pastel-coloured concrete sink with smooth, matt finish is a stunning thing to look at. Concrete sinks can be a separate stand-alone or inset in a concrete benchtop.

2. Concrete Furniture

A concrete table makes a great centrepiece for your patio and dining areas. Concrete is very suited to creating simple but elegant coffee tables. Furniture made of concrete is functional and its minimal design means it can accompany just about any style of architecture. A polished concrete table with refined straight edges makes for a stunning addition to your home office. Stained re-purposed timber legs partner perfectly with concrete. Versatile concrete seats made from cement, aggregate, sand and stones can come in many shapes from cylindrical slabs and hexagonal blocks to solids with groovy curves that make them look like bean bags. Solid concrete seats are long lasting and will withstand any weather conditions – they’ll never get blown about in the wind. A simple concrete stool consisting of a concrete disc set on top of a tripod of hardwood legs brings a little bit of Scandinavian charm to your home.

3. Concrete Bowls

There’s a vast range of colouring agents that can be applied to concrete to create modern concrete bowls for the kitchen and classic style planters for the garden. The concrete mixture can be poured into a mould, set, washed, and then sealed with a concrete dust proof solution.

4.Concrete Stairways

When a concrete stairway is done well, it can have the appearance of floating on air. A concreted stairway can be moulded entirely of solid concrete or used with other materials that form the structural skeleton for a decorative concrete skin. There are many design options from the old-world Hollywood movie types adorned with fancy wrought iron work and carved timber handrails, to urban chic chrome posts and wire handrails. A concrete stairway can add glamour and style to any indoor space.

5. Concrete Homes

There’s no doubting the strength and sturdiness of a concrete home. They can be designed and built to suit any architectural style.[1] No fragile frames or brittle bricks needed here. Solid precast concrete exterior wall panels, the structural load-bearing elements of the home, are bracketed on top of concrete footing pads. Concrete homes can incorporate recycled cementitious materials, have excellent thermal properties, and are resistant to fires and other extreme weather events.  Hardwoods, tiles and carpet can be introduced as finish materials while the use of taints and textures stamped into the concrete slab floor can be used to create spectacular transition areas inside and out.

 

  1. Concrete Homes: Strong, Versatile, Durable http://www.cement.org/concrete-basics/concrete-homes