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Creative Concrete

Adding texture and style through innovative concrete designs

The days of plain, gray concrete are long gone. Patio flooring, sidewalks, pool side decking, and driveways are no longer areas where creative touches end. Concrete is now an artist’s palette with enormous decorative potential and Nieman Concrete owner Austin Nieman loves the challenge.

“I’ve always been attracted to things that are really difficult, especially pouring concrete,” shares Austin. “I’m OCD about everything I do. We get into a lot of the decorative concrete and I’m just really particular about it. I love the hard work and I love when we get done, seeing the finished product, and knowing it’s not going to go anywhere. Concrete is going to be there for a while, especially if you do it right.”

With a variety of stamps, the ability to cut designs, and the technology to color match concrete, Austin says he can do just about anything his customers find interesting. “I have brick stamps, all different kinds of stone and texture stamps, and wood stamps to make it look like a wood deck,” says Austin. “I can also match colors to what’s needed. For example, I can match the brick on a house so that the patio will match the house.”

In addition to patterns, stamps, and colors, Austin says there are a variety of finishes that can be applied to the concrete to create special effects. “Garages are normally slick finish and driveways are broom finish,” explains Austin. “Then you get into the decorative finishes like stains and color. Acid stain etches the concrete and is often darker and lighter in spots and water-based stains are usually a flat color.

One of Austin’s recent projects involved replacing the concrete decking around an Evans neighborhood community pool. Even with such a large project, Austin and his crew were able to get the job done in just under a week.   “It took us four days of demo to tear out the pool deck that was there because we didn’t want to damage the inside or structure of the pool,” explains Austin. “Once we started pouring, I had a couple of guest guys come on and we got it poured in one day.”

“The pool decking is eighty yards of concrete pumped by boom truck with a rock salt finish, which is a real popular design around pools because it gives a little bit of texture,” says Austin. “We saw cut a five-foot diamond pattern throughout the whole thing. The saw cuts act as expansion joints when the concrete heats up and cools down. The diamond cut is mostly decorative because you don’t really need that many expansion joints.”

Nieman Concrete also specializes in residential concrete projects including patios, porches, sidewalks, steps, pool decks, driveways, and shop slabs. “My main goal is to make sure that my customers are happy,” says Austin. “We take pride in our work. If you want it done and you want it done right, call us.”

For examples of recent concrete work, visit the Neiman Concrete Facebook page or www.niemanconcrete.com. The best way to inquire about contracting with Nieman Concrete is through the website or by emailing  niemanconcrete@gmail.com.

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Pool Details:

-          neighborhood community pool

-          80 yards pumped concrete

-          rock salt finish

-          five-foot diamond cut pattern

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“My main goal is to make sure that my customers are happy. We take pride – If you want it done and you want it done right, call us.”

“I love the hard work and I love when we get done, seeing the finished product, and knowing it’s not going to go anywhere.”

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