Brick and stone offer a great rustic look to your sidewalks or driveways. Even can make a pool area blend better into your yard. However, those materials and their installation are costly. With stamped concrete, you are taking a dull gray slab and turning into something beautiful to mimic those kinds of other surfaces. We can transform concrete into any surface such as stone, flagstone, brick, tile and even wood. As well with recent advances, the detail and quality of stamped concrete are better than ever. If you have an area you want paved such as patios, porches or walkways, then this is very well the product for you. Plus, concrete is far more long-lasting and durable than traditional materials along with a cheaper cost.
The Base Coat
The very first step to stamped concrete is adding the base coat of color to mimic the material in question adequately. This color is inserted into the material through a hardener that has the desired color. There are of course two methods that the color can be added with integral color or cast-on color. If you need the color throughout the entire surface, then the integral color is the way for you to go. The colored hardener is added into the concrete while being mixed. Next with cast-on color the cheaper option by only having the color laid on the surface of the concrete. They both have their benefits and cost depending on what you desire or need for your particular job.
Next, the Accent Color
To continue with the realism and proper mimicking of your material a second color is needed. With stamped concrete is accomplished with the accent color. This can also bring our more texture to your surface and show the addition of building materials such as grout with bricks or tile. This is done by using what is known as a color release. The color release is necessary even without a second color as it will help the concrete not stick to the stamp which could unintendedly ruin your surface. Just like with the colored hardener it has a couple of application methods with a cast-on method again or a liquid method. The cast-on is a similar process as mentioned above. The liquid method is a spray that is added to the bottom of the concrete stamps.
Adding the Dimension or Texture
Once all of the colors have been added in the method chosen the final step for stamped concrete is well to stamp it. This last step will give your stamped concrete the final texture and feel of the mimicked building material. The pattern of the stamp with be added the still wet concrete so it can squeeze into the form’s crevices. This step should be done soon after the concrete has been poured to maximize the concretes ability to take the desired shape. We also now use polyurethane forms for all of our concert stampings as they are more detailed than the older metal forms.
Concrete stamping is a great way to save cost but still have a great looking space. If this seems like the product for you, please let us know with a call or email today.