Concrete Stamping is a type of way to obtain different types of patterns or textures such as brick, stone, tile, wood and many more. With the resemblance of different building materials, it is less expensive than any other authentic material. Stamping concrete doesn’t require a lot of maintenance since it is a solid surface with only impressioned cracks which is suitable for any weather and season change. When doing this type of concrete, the stamp must be placed precisely which is why you use professionals. The vast variety of stamping to mimic other building materials and the overall maintenance of it all, exactly shows how this is the best option when wanting other building materials.
Being able to mimic other building materials, concrete stamping can do it all. Stamped concrete can take form to look like flagstone, tile, brick, or wood. These patterns will be pressed into the concrete using an array of flexible mats. Most colors used are earth tones to replicate the other building material looks. But that can be changed if you are looking for a more abstract type of style. The colors can also be layered using multiple coloring techniques. Acid staining is also an option making any color lighter or darker. Dry-shake color hardeners is one way of obtaining the color which comes as a powder and will be worked into the surface. Integral coloring admixtures is one of the most popular methods which is infused into the concrete making the color long- lasting.
Stamped Concrete vs. Other Materials
Stamped Concrete is by far the best option to obtain the look of other building materials. The ability to customize your surface in any way, where as other building materials are already exactly how they will look. With other building materials, the wear and tear of them throughout any season will leave you having to re-do your surface very quickly. But stamped concrete gives the ability to last longer with its design of only having impression cracks to mimic. Which means no weeds will sprout through the cracks leaving the concrete leveled as the day you placed it. Installation is faster and this is cost-effective than receiving other authentic building materials.
Stamped Concrete Overlays
If you have a pre-existing surface that you want to be stamped, then stamped concrete overlays is perfect. They can be placed on any interior or exterior surface. Clearing out and repairing any cracks will help the process. These slabs of concrete are easy to install and gives access to getting the stamped concrete without having to start from scratch. Just like stamped concrete you can get any design, color, or texture wanted.
The process of stamping concrete has many steps involved which is why you leave it to the professionals. After excavation of the area the foundation tools should be ready to be placed since you only have one shot to get it correct. Once concrete is ready, the coloring is added. First mixing in the integral color or do a dry-shake method of adding in the color. A secondary
color is then added which will create a three-dimensional color look making it look natural. The stamps are placed and left to cure overnight. Once stamps are removed, a power-wash is used, and a clear coat sealer is added to finish.