Concrete has historically proved to be a durable, strong and versatile material especially when combined with reinforcement. Plain gray concrete is still the most often installed concrete.

Today, consumers can select distinctive finishes to give even plain gray concrete a custom look. Plain gray finish options include a swirled finish, broomed finish, smooth power trowel finish, or a re-tooled finish that leaves joints and edges exceptionally smooth for a more formal finished look. Another popular alternative includes adding patterns with custom relief joints for a unique impression.


There is a growing demand for decorative concrete in residential and commercial projects. Many new companies are springing up to meet the demand which makes it extremely important for consumers to select an experienced company. Montague Concrete has over 60 years of combined decorative concrete skill and knowledge of best practices to insure your projects success.

Decorative and Stamped concrete employ creative methods of finishing with colors, designs and textures to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stones, tile and wood patterns. In the process, the color is first added to the concrete mix and a second contrasting color release is used to accentuate the details of the design. This technique gives the surface a two toned dimensional look which is both realistic and appealing. Decorative concrete has become a popular choice for patios, sidewalks, pool decks, and other outdoor amenities.

Annual sealing is recommended for enhancing and protecting decorative concrete colors. An acrylic sealer reduces maintenance requirements and helps prevent unwanted staining. Montague Concrete offers annual sealing services to keep your decorative concrete project looking its best. To view samples of stamped sidewalks in person, call our office at 517/694-9381 for more information.


The decorative process of exposing aggregate has been around since the early 1900s, well before pattern stamping and stenciling became popular. Exposed aggregate is a process where colored or decorative stones are incorporated into the top layer of concrete. As the concrete sets up, the top layer is slowly washed off exposing the top surface of the stones. The concrete is then acid washed, saw cut and sealed with a clear acrylic sealer for a colorful "wet" look. Customers may choose the color and type of stone used often matching or complementing home and building exteriors and landscaping. Exposed aggregate is a popular choice for patios, sidewalks and garden walkways. Customers may view in person over a dozen samples of exposed aggregate and stamped walkways simply by calling our office at 517.694-9381 for more information.


A wide variety of colors are available to add to concrete. Colors are often chosen to complement the color of the home or other elements surrounding the home.


Acid staining is one of the most popular applications for transforming the look of existing concrete. Reactive stains penetrate the top layer of cured concrete to create subtle translucent earth tone colors giving a unique look to floors, sidewalks, patios and driveways.

Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by penetrating the surface and reacting chemically with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete. The acid lightly etches the surface allowing the metallic salts to penetrate more easily. Once the stain reacts, it becomes a permanent part of the concrete and resists fading, chipping and peeling. Like wood stains, acid-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the substrate to which they are applied. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring a distinctive and unique character to each project. What acid stains don't offer is a broad color selection. Current colors are limited to subtle earth tones such as tans, browns, terra cottas and soft blue-greens. Newer products are coming to market in the future which will expand the color palette to include pastels, reds, oranges, yellows and purples.

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