Spring and warm weather means barbeques, backyard parties and other outdoor fun. After a harsh winter, you may notice that your concrete driveway, patio or pool deck is starting to crumble. Whether you’re looking to repair broken concrete or add an aesthetic appeal to an otherwise drab surface, the St. Louis concrete contractors at CustomCrete are here to help!
We offer three stylish and resilient concrete resurfacing options for you to choose from:
Texture-Crete™ is a durable overlay system is not only simple to maintain but also provides a beautiful textured surface to match any unique style or decorating scheme. Not to mention, it also comes in unlimited patterns and colors; how’s that for versatility?
Spray-Deck™ is the perfect cover-up for drab, gray concrete that’s starting to look worn. Spray-deck can been used to transform old, discolored concrete both indoors and out, with designs and colors to compliment any motif.
Other features of Spray-Deck™ and Texture-Crete™ include:
- Slip resistant
- Unlimited designs
- Resists Mildew
- Cool to the touch
Spray-Deck w/ Thin-Crete Border
Thin-Crete™ is a stamped resurfacing system for your concrete. This durable product recreates the appearance of natural stone. Thin-Crete™ provides long lasting, beautiful protection for your old concrete and is designed to resist stains and other abrasions. It is also grease, water and oil resistant.
If you’re looking for a reliable professional concrete contractor in St. Louis, look no further than CustomCrete. We specialize in decorative concrete that not only looks great but also stands the test of time. Not convinced? Take a look through our before and after gallery. With over 40 years of experience, we strive for customer satisfaction and beautiful, lasting results with every job that we do.
Contact us today for more information about our concrete resurfacing services.
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The leaves are beginning to turn and that fall chill is in the air. It’s the perfect time of year to gather around a crackling fire with friends and family. Rather than purchasing a flimsy, store-bought metal fire pit that will wear out within a year or two, many homeowners across the St. Louis area are opting for custom-built concrete fire pits designed and embedded into their new or existing patios.
CustomCrete has designed and created fire pits and sitting walls of all sizes and finishes for area homes that make a lasting, useful and beautiful addition to any outdoor space. Self-contained and made of concrete with decorative finishes, they are completely safe and sturdy. What could be more inviting on a cold night?
The traditional slab patio has really evolved over recent years and homeowners are looking to create full outdoor “living rooms” complete with outdoor kitchens/cooking areas, seating and fireplaces/fire pits. We can help you bring the warmth of your home outside and design the perfect functional and stylish outdoor room.
If an indoor fire is more your style, our designers also specialize in creating dramatic custom fireplace mantles and surrounds for a truly one-of-a-kind look in your home. The possibilities for color, shape and size are really endless, allowing you to achieve the style that suits your décor perfectly.
View our gallery of custom designed fire pits, fireplace surrounds and sitting walls for inspiration and contact us for a custom quote on your project.
You may have never considered concrete as an option for your kitchen, bath or bar countertops – but they are a growing trend in homes of all sizes and styles from modern to traditional. CustomCrete leads the way in custom concrete countertop design in the St. Louis area.
Concrete countertops allow home and business owners alike to create exactly the look they want through their custom casting in virtually any size, shape or color. If you have a “difficult” or unusually shaped area to work with, concrete countertops can be a perfect solution as they are molded and fit precisely for your space in whatever thickness and shape works best for you. The surfaces can be smooth, matte or textured. You can even have sink bowls made of concrete to complement the countertops or mold other features such as trivets into them.
Some concrete countertops provide a similar look to granite, but with more flexibility and sustainability. CustomCrete recently introduced its new line of Senza Rivali™ countertops, which are cast using ultra high performance concrete with design and style in mind. CustomCrete designers handcrafted this signature line and are the only ones in St. Louis offering it. The beautiful mottled and veined style is available in 13 color combinations, as well as Benjamin Moore color matching. Unlike other natural stone, concrete can be manipulated to reflect any color.
For those looking for a more modern, uniform look, the Livello™ line is custom created with one base color, providing a clean, monolithic tone. In either case, they add a level of unique elegance that rivals many of the other materials available today.
Because of their durability, concrete countertops also make the perfect solution for outdoor kitchen and bar areas. Unaffected by water and fluctuating temperatures, they are a stylish option for patio or poolside entertaining.
Visit our concrete countertops gallery to see just a few of the possibilities and contact us to discuss your project and learn how CustomCrete designers can create a countertop solution as unique as your home.
If you’re looking for a truly unique flooring solution that is as durable as it is beautiful, consider stained concrete. Concrete has come a long way from its industrial origins to becoming one of the most popular, versatile and stylish home design trends. Today’s custom stained concrete floors offer unlimited options when it comes to color and pattern.
Often spotted in restaurants, bars and shops, where high foot traffic demands a surface that is long lasting and easy to clean – yet attractive, stained concrete floors can provide the same durability in your home, whether in a kitchen, bathroom, rec room or finished basement. The most beautiful part is that no two are exactly alike. Each stained concrete floor CustomCrete creates is one-of-a-kind, with variances in color and “veining” that can’t be exactly replicated. Your floor will be unique to your home, in a tone and pattern perfectly suited to your taste.
Stained concrete easily adapts to and looks great in any type of décor, from the extremely modern to the more traditional. With the right pattern and polish, they can look nearly identical to marble (at a much lower cost) for a more elegant feel. Or you can “go bold” with bright colored stains like green, blue or red.
Concrete floors are ideal for areas where you entertain frequently as they can take a lot of traffic and won’t be damaged by water or other spills and accidents. Literally “stain-proof,” these floors won’t peel, crack, chip or fade.
If your house has a concrete slab beneath your existing flooring, it’s a very simple process. We simply remove your existing floor, clean and prepare your concrete slab, stain it and finish it. It’s much easier and more cost effective than laying tile or installing laminate. Our design consultants can help you choose the perfect design and color palette for your taste. View our stained concrete Gallery for inspiration and contact us to discuss your project or get a quote. We are St. Louis’ custom stained concrete experts.
For all you designers out there, Customcrete has released their 2012 line of Senza Rivali™ concrete counter tops. These pieces are cast using ultra high performance concrete with design and style in mind. CustomCrete designers hand-crafted this new signature line and we are the only company in St. Louis offering it. The mottled and veined style is available in 13 beautiful color combinations. These handcrafted concrete pieces have impeccable style and excellent performance. They add unmatched uniqueness to any kitchen or bathroom. Custom colors and sizes can be fabricated for one of a kind dining tables, coffee tables, fireplace surrounds and even outdoor furniture. A must have for your most discerning clients. Call us today for a quote on using the Senza Rivali countertops on your next project.
If one of the thirteen standard colors below doesn’t strike your fancy ask us about our Benjamin Moore color matching. Yes, you read that right. Unlike other natural stone concrete can be manipulated to reflect any color. How cool is that!
View The Senza Rivali Color Chart
Summer is just around the corner, and like most folks in St. Louis, you’ve probably begun digging in your yard, dusting off your grill and possibly getting ready to open your pool. Over time and changing St. Louis seasons, old concrete patios, pool decks, walking paths and driveways may begin to show wear – becoming uneven, cracking or showing discoloration.
Concrete resurfacing can provide the perfect “face-lift” to aging concrete patios, pool decks, sidewalks and driveways – and the chance to truly customize your look and add visual interest. One of the most popular and simple concrete resurfacing solutions is Spray-Deck. This overlay system is the ultimate concrete cover-up, transforming old, plain concrete into a bold, textured and custom-colored surface.
Spray-Deck w/ Thin-Crete Border
The pattern and color combinations are seemingly endless, and can be customized to any style décor. Click here to view our color options.
Spray-Deck is ideal for pool areas because it is waterproof, slip-resistant, mildew-resistant and cool to the touch (important during hot St. Louis summers). The unique chemistry of Spray-Deck and its sister-product Texture-Crete creates an incredibly durable system with a surface strength twice that of regular concrete that is low maintenance, economical and highly durable, creating a lasting impression.
Spray-Deck w/ Texture-Crete Border
Bring your pool, patio or garden walkway back to life this summer with Spray-Deck. CustomCrete specialists can work with you to design just the look you want. Take a look at our Concrete Resurfacing Gallery for ideas and inspiration, and then contact us to get a custom quote on your project.
Decorative, stamped concrete is a great design solution for just about any place in or around your home including patios, driveways, walkways, pool decks, foyers or basements. The stamped concrete process produces a very natural-looking result that is 100 percent unique to each application.
“Imperfections” or inconsistencies in the finished concrete are what produce the more natural look similar to slate, stone, brick or other surfaces. Stamped concrete can be made in numerous color options. To see some color combinations you might like, browse our stamped concrete gallery here. Due to variations in the cement, the colors may vary slightly once the concrete is mixed. An “antiquing color” is also added to help create the more natural look, after which the concrete is stamped with the textured pattern of your choosing.
You can choose either Imprints with hard lines that mimic bricks or laid stones, or a more “texture skin,” which has no grout lines and an even more natural feel, such as slate. This option is less expensive, but can look quite elegant on a patio or walkway. With practically endless options of color and pattern combinations, each project’s finished surface will be unlike any other. Stamped concrete offers a truly custom look designed specifically for your home.
Stamped concrete has many benefits. In addition to aesthetics, it’s very stain and mildew resistant as well as skid and slip resistant (perfect for pool and spa decks). It’s also insensitive to extreme temperatures – staying cooler in our hot St. Louis summers.
While stamped concrete may cost more than basic asphalt or plain concrete, it is competitive with and sometimes even less expensive than natural stone and brick or precast pavers. Check out our stamped concrete Gallery for design inspiration and contact us for a consultation and custom quote on your project.
If you are in the market for hand crafted custom counter tops, there’s no need to look outside of the St. Louis area. Customcrete is a locally owned decorative concrete contractor with skilled craftsman that can assist you or your designer in creating that custom counter top you’ve always dreamed of. With the endless design possibilities of concrete, creating a one of a kind custom counter top can be exciting, and most of all possible.
Senza Rival™ style concrete counter top
With granite and other popular solid surface materials the design has to be limited to the constraints of the stone. Concrete has virtually no design limitations. Since it is poured in our shop, in St. Louis, we can build molds of almost any shape to cast the concrete in. We can also dye the concrete to match existing colors in your home or create a new color to use as the center piece of your design. No longer do you need to search for a slab of granite that has the perfect shades of gray or yellow you need to fit perfectly in your kitchen.
If you are in the market for custom counter tops for a kitchen or bath, please take a look at concrete. It just might be the perfect material for your project. Contact Customcrete to get a consultation on your project.
You may think it odd to hear someone declare, “What a gorgeous concrete floor!” After all, when most folks think of concrete, they envision industrial spaces, parking garages, driveways and patios. But concrete has found a solid place (pun intended) as a design element inside people’s homes, and the results can be surprisingly stunning.
Designers and homeowners are finding new and creative ways to use concrete as a durable and often more-cost-effective alternative for everything from floors to countertops, vanities, sinks, fireplaces and more. In modern spaces, it can be left looking more “raw,” and in more formal or traditional homes, stained and polished concrete can be made to look nearly identical to granite or marble.
“Concrete is not new; we’re not reinventing it. We’re just putting a creative spin on it,” says Grant Pointer, co-owner of CustomCrete Inc. in St. Peters. “There is a lot of money being reinvested in homes right now. When people are remodeling, they want the most bang for their buck. So, on a floor, for example, if you can get the look of marble or travertine at the cost of carpet or low-grade tile, concrete is a great option.”
Stained concrete floors are truly cost-effective in finished basements or ranch houses built on an existing concrete slab. “Your floor is 80 percent done when your house is built,” Pointer says. “We take what has been down and treat or refurbish it, then stain it. The end result is both beautiful and durable — you could literally park your car on it. And it’s great for basements here in rainy St. Louis because these floors can literally be underwater and not be damaged.”
Stained Concrete Floor
If the existing concrete subfloor is in good condition, it will cost around $3-$5 per square foot for the staining. If the floors need resurfacing first, that cost is around $2-$3 per square foot. The stain can be used to create patterns, such as diamonds or squares, or it can be more “natural” with veining similar to marble. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
CustomCrete recently completed a stained concrete floor and bar countertop in the home of local interior designer Ellen Kurtz. After Kurtz and her husband got married a year and a half ago, the first thing they did was remodel their home’s unfinished walkout basement for entertaining. They added a bar, billiards and a comfortable seating area.
Concrete Counter Tops
“With people going in and outside from the lower level walkout and having dogs, we really wanted something that was easy to keep clean. The concrete option offered that and also fit the Western motif we had in mind,” says Kurtz.
For visual interest, Kurtz had CustomCrete add a diamond pattern to the main pathway at the bottom of the stairs.
“The floor is great because you just mop up after the parties are over,” she says.
For the bar countertops, Kurtz had them combine two colors (that of her walls and sink) for a truly custom look.
Concrete countertops and bathroom vanities are growing in popularity for both their appearance and the fact that they can be “molded” into any shape or configuration desired, making them a favorite of designers such as Kurtz. Granite, while still the most popular option for countertops, must be purchased in an entire slab, so there is always some waste when it is cut to the correct size and shape. With concrete, Pointer notes, you are only buying exactly what is needed. And the end result is truly one-of-a-kind.
“Concrete countertops have an earthiness to them,” says Pointer. “People want to touch them. It’s a very natural finish.”
As for durability, they can be nearly identical to granite. You can place a hot pot on them, and they are highly stain-resistant. With concrete countertops there is a bit more labor involved, so they tend to run around $75-$95 per square foot installed.
Because she was so pleased with the results in her own home, Kurtz has been recommending the concrete option to many of her design clients as well.
“I’m really getting into more custom made concrete furniture — buying a metal base and putting a concrete top on it. You can design almost anything you want, and I love that you can personalize with embedded objects,” she says.