Unique Concrete is a decorative patterned concrete company. We have been serving north Jersey since 1980. Unique Concrete is an owner operated and family run business that remains hands on for the entire job. Our crew has over 65 years experience in decorative concrete and over 75 years experience in the masonry trade. We have the background and knowledge to approach each job in a creative and efficient way.
Our mission is to create the most durable and realistic looking decorative concrete hardscape possible, that is both cost effective and easy to maintain. In our pursuit of this goal, we have made innovations into the process of stamped concrete that are unique to our company. In order to make the concrete stronger, more durable and more resistant to cracking, we’ve added 2 ¼” structural synthetic fibers for three dimensional strength, to work in conjunction with varying sizes of steel rebar in our structural slabs. This combination allows us to minimize the saw cuts which are necessary to control the potential for cracking. We then make these saw cuts less obvious by designing them into the pattern and hiding them in grout joints. We have also begun in incorporate state of the art liquid pozzolans to our mix. By treating the concrete itself with high performance admixtures, we can design our concrete to resist stains and the effects of moisture in a freeze-thaw climate, without relying on topical sealers. To take this a step further, we have begun to move away from traditional topical sealers that are widely used in the decorative concrete industry. We are now using special penetrating sealers/densifiers that react with the concrete itself. These new sealers will not chip, peel or fade. Since they are reactive they remain part of the surface of the concrete. As a by product of this process, the finish on the concrete is much more natural and has a very low sheen. Should the customer choose to have the added protection of a topical sealer we can still apply these. Also by using waterbased products we have greatly cut down on the harmful VOCs used by many other companies. These products are also very easy to be reapplied and maintained by the homeowner should they choose to do so.
Perhaps the most obvious aesthetic upgrade that we have incorporated into our construction process relates to our treatment of the grout. Our tools actually make deep impressions in the concrete to define the pattern and create the look individual pieces. These impressions are grouted and tooled in the same way that would be done for traditional custom masonry. The color difference between the stamps and grout is permanent. This process does not involve a simulated or faux grout joint that relies on a superficial stain for a color difference. In order for faux grout joints to remain, those products need frequent resealing, which is a hidden cost of regular stamped concrete. By eliminating the need for topical sealers to maintain color differences, we have created a much more natural looking product. It is similar to the natural look you would get from a concrete paver, just without the worries of settling, insects, and weeds. Finally, for pool areas and places that might encounter bare foot traffic, we rub the entire surface by hand with a grind stone to eliminate any sharp edges.
In conclusion, these innovations create a product that will weather and wear like a concrete paver patio or paver driveway that is installed on a concrete sub -base. There is no weed growth and no uneven settlement issues. The product does not have to be resealed periodically to maintain the integrity of the surface color.
Contractor’s License #: 13VH00609300