Outdoor floors, when decorated with spray texture Las Vegas, oozes with stunning simplicity. The distinct pattern easily adapts to any motif, and you can apply this to any exterior concrete.
The spray texture, also known as the knockdown finish, is a textured concrete usually applied sealing pool deck. If you recall from previous blogs, the knockdown finish came from knocking down the sprayed coating, creating snow-peak-like blotches.
This innovation was derived from the texturing process often applied among concrete surfaces like walls and floors.
Now came various patterns or styles, thanks to the creative minds of skilled artisans concrete contractor Las Vegas.
Different Concrete Spray Textures to Choose From
Here is a quick rundown of concrete wall textures and floor finishes often used in commercial and residential properties.
- Spray Knockdown
- Concrete Floors Textures- Stamped, stenciled, exposed aggregate, polished
- Wall textures- slap brush, orange peel, slap brush knockdown
For Floors or Walls
As you can see, there’s a dividing line between textures used among floors and those used on the walls. Can you create each of the patterns on the walls to the floors? YES and NO.
Yes, because initially, textured walls came first, and as installers decor the vertical surfaces, the flooring artisans noticed that they could also create textured concrete on horizontal surfaces.
Flooring artists thus gave birth to knockdown spray texture, the horizontal version of trowel texture on walls.
Now, the difference comes with the technique that decorative concrete contractors use on vertical spaces and horizontal ones. Also, the experts on vertical surfaces are different from those trained to work on the ground. That makes flooring installers a separate line of expertise from masons, etc.
Concrete Texture Techniques
1- Spray Knockdown
Spray texture or knockdown finish derived from the classic trowel finish used on walls. But when the art of decorative concrete developed, the technique had also begun to surface among floors.
Before the concrete mix is poured over the surface, a trowel is used to knock down or evenly spread the mixture. Instead of running the mix over the surface, a sprayer machine distributes the coating mix (contains concrete, grout, and epoxy).
By spraying, the coating cures as it gets exposed to the thin air, but before it fully solidifies, the installer will knock the snow-peak-like textures using a trowel. (Now you know where it got its name).
2- Classic Trowel Finish
“Trowel.” Keep that word in mind. That tool is the one responsible for all the creative processes an expert installer goes through. All thanks to trowel what once was a plain, grey surface now oozes with uniqueness at every turn.
The classic trowel decors the walls and floors. The installer spreads the mix on the surface manually. With the aid of the trowel, simple linear textures appear instead of just appearing plain and polished.
3- Slap Brush
The slap brush technique makes delicate, thin patterns on the concrete surface contrary to its brute title. This design adds an eccentric vibe to a room.
Slap brush is a technique used on walls. What inspired this is how you can whip the brush facing the wall as the coating, or the finishing mix hits the vertical surface.
Popcorn is another classic. It has begun popping up in the ceilings then down to the walls. It was popular then and still looks stylish up until this day.
How to achieve the popcorns popping out on the walls? To create the popcorn design, you will need to use a compressor and a hopper gun. The mix usually contains mud and polystyrene for ceilings and walls. The coating dries quickly. It seems to drip, but it won’t. That is why it became a fun decor for the ceiling.
There are two ways to create a swirl. One on the walls and the others on the floors. It is due to the simple approach to swirling the coating on any surface.
You will only need a brush to swirl the mix on the wall or a trowel for the floors.
6- Orange peel
Another clever idea, the orange peel. The reason why it’s named that way is that it appears just like how it sounds. Think of orange peel only without the tint of orange.
Recreate that texture of an orange peel to the surface of the concrete. This pattern is distinct for walls. It specifically uses a drywall compound with a thick consistency. A hopper gun then is the one that would blow out the mix on the surface, applying small splatters. You can also have a choice if you like a heavy texture or light ones.