Because owners pay more for a decorative concrete surface than for a plain concrete finish, they naturally expect the workmanship and quality to be much better—like expecting a Mercedes to perform better than a Chevy. But this doesn’t accurately define the situation because both plain and decorative concrete work can be well executed or poorly executed. To write a fair specification for decorative concrete requires a better understanding of the issues. Specifications for decorative concrete should include creativity, coloration, and additional durability.