Concrete finishers have been broom finishing their surfaces for about as long as there has been concrete. Typically decorative concrete surfaces are not broom finished, although dyes and stains can be applied very successfully to broomed finishes. Even stamped finishes can be broomed, although that's a bit difficult-impossible if you are using a powdered release agent. There are better ways to make stamped surfaces slip resistant, which we will get into later.
Here are some of the broom finish designs we offer!
A good broom finish is something of an art. You can even create decorative effects by running the broom texture in various directions. Typically the broom should be run from side to side of the concrete without stopping. With a standard broom, you should pull the broom towards you, then lift it and set it back on the far side to pull it across again. Marion Brush makes a brush (the Auto Glide) where the head automatically tilts to the correct angle, so you can get a good broom finish whether you are pushing or pulling the broom.
Brooms are available from a variety of sources. They come in various widths and the block that holds the bristles can be made from wood, aluminum, or plastic. Brooms tend to be wet a lot and the plastic blocks (high-density polyethylene) won't rot or warp. Bristle materials can be horsehair, polypropylene, or nylon and come in various stiffnesses and sizes to produce different textures. For extreme textures, wire combs are available to produce tined finishes.