Inspire Concrete - Different Types of Concrete Finishes

Different Types of Concrete Finishes

by | Oct 26, 2017

Some of the reasons concrete need a specified finish is to provide foot and vehicle grip for pathways and driveways. A smooth pathway when wet can be slippery and dangerous, almost like walking on tiles.

In other cases where you may need a floor that must stay clean and easy to keep clean such as an outdoor dining/ kitchen area or garage, a smooth trowel or machine finish is the best option. Dirt will not stick as easily to a smooth surface as it would to a textured finish like a cove or broom.

After concrete has been placed there are different types of concrete finishes that can be applied depending on the intended use. These concrete finishes are:


A semi-rough textured finish that look like swirls and figure 8 when applied. A common finish to driveways, pathways, outdoor entertainment areas and swimming pool walkways.

Wood Float

A similar look to the cove with the swirls and figure 8 only alot more coarse. Rarely used except on heavy sloped driveways for added grip and longer wear and tear. Also great for under tiles to provide added grip for a sand and cement bed.


A simple finish using a broom but gives a clean and smart finish and look. Great thing about having a broom finish is that you get a uniform look.

Steel Trowel

Small concrete areas a steel trowelled by hand a number of times to give a smooth surface. Great for areas that need to be easy to maintain like garages and outdoor kitchen areas.

Machine Trowel

A machine trowel gives a smoother finish then a hand trowel and covers larger areas. It also hardens and seals the surface making it almost resistant to chipping and breaks. Great for house slabs and garages.

At Inspire Concrete we can help you choose the best surface finish. Contact us today to discuss your next concrete project and a no obligation free quote.