Vertical Decorative Concrete

Bruce at a multi-day pro course on hardscapes by Concrete Revolution’s Keefe Duhon and Beyond Vertical’s Joshua Russel. Click to see completed water feature

Have you ever considered using decorative concrete instead of stone?  Western Pa is known to be behind the time in  concrete repair and decorative innovation.  Now trending in Pittsburgh, decorative vertical concrete has been popular in other parts of the country for more than a decade. Decorative vertical concrete refers to:

  • The addition of thin coatings of concrete to walls or other vertical surfaces
  • the creation of structures made of concrete

Decorative concrete retaining wall designed to look like natural stone

Vertical concrete can be a creative way to achieve the decorative goals style you seek without the cost of using natural stone and can be used as elements either inside or outside.  A thin layer of concrete can often be applied over existing structures or such as

  • fireplaces
  • walls
  • steps

or used to create new structures such as:

Outdoor Kitchen, photo courtesy of Phil Waesche

  • outdoor kitchens
  • columns
  • fountains
  • decorative boulders
  • mailbox enclosures or posts

Furthermore, the stylistic options are endless because just like flat concrete, vertical concrete can be:

  • covered with a stamped or styled freehand overlay
  • colored, stained, or overlayed with epoxy finishes

Concrete mailbox enclosure

to look like any variety of natural materials such as wood or stone or chic modern metallics.  In addition to achieving the style you seek, we can customize your vertical concrete application to be unique to your home or business.

Western Pa is known to be behind the time in  concrete repair and decorative innovation.   But this is changing, a great example of the use of decorative vertical concrete is to beautify retaining walls. A retai

ning walls styled with stone artisan design coatings are faster, less expensive, and freeze thaw resistant.   In addition, if future damage occurs,  you don’t spend time and money trying to match old and new stones.