What is stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete refers to concrete that is patterned and textured to resemble various patterns and textures. These patterns include brick, stone, tile, wood, flagstone and slate. Stamped concrete is commonly used in such places as interior floors, pool decks, driveways, sidewalks and other places.
One of the major features that make stamped concrete so attractive to users is its ability to resemble other authentic materials which would cost more if they were used in the construction process.
How to Use Concrete Stamps
The procedure for creating stamped concrete may be divided into three main steps. The first step involves the addition of a base color. Simply put, abase color is the primary color that the stamped concrete will bear. The base color is chosen based on the color of the natural construction material that the stamped concrete will resemble. For instance, if the stamped concrete are meant to resemble wood, then a shade of brown will be chosen. In order to produce a base color, a color hardener is added to the concrete.
The next step involves the addition of accent color. An accent color refers to the secondary color that is used in stamped concrete. The main purpose of the accent color is to give texture to the stamped concrete. Accent color is also used to bring out additional building materials in the stamped concrete. This step involves the use of a non-adhesive pigment called a color release. The color release is used to color the stamped concrete and to prevent the stamps from sticking to the concrete.
The last step in creating concrete stamps involves making the stamping patterns. The patterns reflect the shape of the natural building material (e.g. slate, wood, etc.). To make the stamping patterns, an imprint is made on the concrete after it has been poured with a concrete stamp. Concrete stamps are usually made of polyurethane so as to form a natural stone texture. The stamps are placed on the concrete after applying the color release. After they are moved from the concrete, the concretes stamps leave behind the desired pattern.
Why use stamped concrete?
Stamped concretes are an affordable way to achieve the desired look of a surface. For example, using stamped concrete for your patio will give it the appearance and texture of a stone patio for less than half the cost of natural slate. Using stamped concrete also offers a wide variety of choices for the natural material you wish the stamps to mimic. They also allow for creativity, for instance you can draw different animal or bird shapes on the stamped concrete.
Another advantage of using concrete stamps is that in the long term, the cost of maintenance is reduced since it never needs resetting or replacing, unlike other materials such as pavers.
Stamped concrete lasts longer than many other building materials, hence it increases longevity of the surface it is used on.
With such benefits, it is no wonder that the demand for stamped concrete has been on the rise over the last few years.